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Pipeline & Process Services

BlueFin’s Pipeline and Process segment focuses on integrity, maintenance and remediation solutions—from commissioning needs to flow assurance challenges.

All scopes, big and small, receive the same level of execution from our engineering and management support.

Our team has the professional know-how and portfolio to handle your pre-commissioning, decommissioning, cleaning, maintenance assessment, and general pigging challenge.

eelReel Tool

The eelReel tool is an extended reach solution to clean plugged flowlines and pipelines. With an established track record of resolving a multitude of blockages including hydrates, scale, paraffin, and asphaltenes, the eelReel Tool is the state-of-the-art solution for pre-job stimulation, production enhancement, and flowline abandonment as well as stuck pig retrieval.

This is a state-of-the-art tool that has an extended reach, traverses 5D bends, and is deepwater-certified with patented technology delivering the highest success rate in plug remediation.


Advantages of the eelReel

Projects are custom designed and engineered for flowline specific parameters, but eelReel’s most notable advantages are:

  • Extended Reach Solution to Clean Plugged Flowlines
  • Reestablish & Increase Production
  • Facilitate Flowline Abandonment
  • Reaches Inaccessible Areas
    • The eelReel can be used platform to platform, flowlines to platform, through populated areas and under river crossings and lakes.
  • Professional Engineered & Fabricated with Fully Traceable Components
    • The eelReel completely cleans flowlines to their full ID
    • The eelReel has extended to distances greater than 23,000 feet in a single pass
    • The eelReel retrieves stuck pigs
    • The eelReel’s patented technology traverses multiple radii, a minimum 5D bend
    • The eelReel can be used for pre-job stimulation for flowlines with multiple radii

Umbilical Flushing/Filtration & Pressure Testing

BlueFin provides provide efficient flushing, filtration, and pressure testing services to the oil & gas industry utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, detailed processes, and experienced service personnel.

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Filtration Units

Our bulk filtration unit is capable of NAS filtration and flushing of Bulk fluids with little to no pressure and can handle up to 125 GPM with 1-micron filter.

Equipped with two stainless steel filter canisters rated for 100 psi, these canisters carry up to fifteen filter elements of any micron size desirable.

Piping size on our Bulk filtration unit is 3" for flow and is also equipped with a NU-FLO flowmeter on the discharge to measure gallons per minute and total gallons. It is also equipped with a sample port.

Bulk fluids are pumped through our filtration unit with either a 2" air diaphragm pump or six cylinder diesel pump.

Available Filtration Units

Model A Filtration Unit

These filtration units are designed for high pressure, medium to low volume flushing and testing of production, completion and subsea components and tools.

Model B Filtration Unit

Multiple system 60 hp. electric 3 phase 480 volt filtration unit.
Variable speed drive with soft start. Class one Div2. Rated.
Gardner Denver T-300M Triplex pump (10,000 psi max. 16 GPM rating)

Model C Filtration Unit

Two stage multiple line pneumatic filtration unit.
Units are rated for 15,000 psi and three gallons per minute.
Equipped with a Pneumatic high volume and high pressure pump.


hydraulic pressure units

Hydraulic Pressure Units

  • Multiple stage pneumatic pressure unit.
  • 1/4" husky transfer pump to feed both high volume/high pressure pumps.
  • Sample ports for each injection point for fluid analysis.
  • 35 gallon local tank and a selector valve to allow unit to suck from an remote tank as well.
  • Chart recorder ports

Particle Counting Equipment & Services

  • BlueFin provides two types of fluid analysis systems, automatic particle counters and optical microscopes.
  • BlueFin personnel are trained in particulate counting standards such as NAS 1638, ISO 4406 and SAE 4059 rev. D and E.
  • BlueFin provides on site portable laboratory services.
  • BlueFin adheres by all lab procedures (APC or optical) such SAE ARP 598B.

hydrostatic pressure testing

Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

Hydrostatic pressure testing remains an industry standard pre-commissioning and commissioning practice that is a heavily regulated requirement for all branches of the oil and gas industry. These requirements rest upon operating infrastructure such as transmission pipelines, production flowlines, inter-connecting process piping, and refinery components, to name a few—important arteries which enable the delivery and market availability of hydrocarbon energy. This network of delivery means that integrity is paramount for safety and proper system function.

BlueFin incorporates the best-controlled pressure equipment, the latest monitoring technology, and a strong bench of personnel talent combined with project history to deliver safe and successful hydrostatic pressure testing projects.

BlueFin also provides pipeline drying services. This solution is typically synonymous with pre-commissioning phases for new construction projects, however, routine maintenance, reclassifications, and system upgrades also demand drying attention. Dependent upon the end-use, pipeline assets demand specified dew point and penetration parameters that will ready the system for the intended hydrocarbon product. This pre-commissioning service is a critical-need activity that mandates application history expertise and confidence.


Solutions

  • New Construction
  • Pipeline Reinstatements
  • Pipeline Reclassifications
  • Pipeline Repairs
  • Dew Point Achievement
  • Moisture Penetration Achievement

Applications

  • Pipelines
  • Flowlines
  • Offshore Risers
  • Production Barges
  • Offshore Platforms
  • MOPU’s
  • Drill Ships
  • FSPO’s
  • Processing Facilities
  • Refining Facilities
  • Petrochemical Facilities
  • LNG facilities
  • Pressure Control Equipment
  • BOP’s

nitrogen services

Nitrogen Services

Liquid and gas nitrogen are transparent, odorless chemical elements that deliver beneficial applications due to its inert ability to replace air where oxidation is undesirable. This critical path use extends to commissioning, product evacuation, maintenance shutdown, leak testing, and general pigging operations. As a deliverable product nitrogen can be supplied through individual bottle rack cylinders or nitrogen generator units, where onsite supply and large quantities are required. If your SOW demands replacement of hazardous atmospheres, inert drying capabilities, integrity testing, or product evacuation, partner with our operations group to understand the complete benefits of nitrogen use.
 


Solutions

  • Cooling
  • Drying
  • Pipe Freezing
  • Pressure Testing
  • Purging
  • Leak Testing
  • Corrosion Inhibition

Applications

  • Pipelines
  • Flowlines
  • Offshore Risers
  • Offshore Umbilical’s
  • Production Barges
  • Offshore Platforms
  • MOPU’s
  • Storage Cavern

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flow assurance and pipeline cleaning

Flow Assurance & Pipeline Cleaning

BlueFin’s pipeline cleaning solutions deliver crucial benefits to current systems—upstream, midstream, and downstream. Through the delivery and refining of hydrocarbon energy processes, naturally occurring hydrocarbon byproducts such as scale, black powder, asphaltenes, and paraffin wax are normal constraints facing operators and causing a multitude of integrity issues, starting with flow assurance restrictions, structural integrity concerns, ILI determination, and product contamination, to name a few. Through the use of custom chemistry, advanced diagnostics, mechanical techniques, and field history BlueFin has the operational depth to solve your internal pipeline cleaning challenge and ensure flow assurance.


Solutions

  • Black Powder Removal
  • Scale Removal
  • Asphaltene Removal
  • Paraffin Wax Removal
  • Online Cleaning
  • Internal Camera Inspection

Applications

  • Offshore Pipelines
  • Offshore Platforms
  • Onshore Pipelines
  • Onshore Facilities

pipeline decommissioning

Pipeline Decommissioning Services

Decommissioning operations have become highly regulated needs for oil and gas operators. While the rate of execution is fast-paced and schedule dependent, the return on investment lacks value for the operators incurring the economic risks. BlueFin understands this sensitivity. To supercede this challenge we deliver technical expertise and project experience in the fields related to government mandated overboard water regulations. By combining BlueFin’s Liquigel technology, our 35-year chemistry bench strength, and specific mechanical technicques into one solution, we have minimized project schedules for pipeline flushing routines by 50%. In the offshore market this technological feat equals fewer project dollars.


Solutions

  • Pipeline Flushing
  • Pipeline Filtration
  • Mechanical Pigging
  • Gel Pigging
  • Topside ICP Flushing
  • Nitrogen Purging

Applications

  • Offshore Pipelines
  • Offshore Platforms
  • Onshore Pipelines
  • Onshore Facilities

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pipeline pigging

Pipeline Pigging

Pipeline pigging is a simple yet encompassing service title, one that signifies a critical-need service routinely performed by upstream, midstream and downstream operators on pipeline assets. Our technical competency solves routine problems demanded by today’s pipeline operations, from routine pigging, pipeline gel pigging, product evacuation, chemical cleaning, routine ILI support, solids and liquids removal, or general pig sales.


Solutions

  • Gel Pigs
  • Mechanical Pigs
  • Pig Tracking Support
  • Pig Sales

Applications

  • Pre-Commissioning
  • Commissioning
  • Decommissioning
  • Routine Maintenance & Cleaning
  • Caliper Tool Inspection Support
  • Product Evacuation

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pipeline deposit mapping

Pipeline Deposit Mapping

BlueFin’s advantage in mapping internal pipeline deposits is deep and strong. Simply stated, we understand the need to maintain flow assurance. This critical path for operators became a focus for our engineers, and so the story continues. With our combination of electronic data acquisition BlueFin leverages the understanding of pressures anomalies with our specifically designed pipeline gel pigs to deliver deposit restriction data on your pipeline asset. Upon gaining this information a proper and secure path forward can be developed for remediation tasks. Now, what was once a guessing game is scientific understanding.


Solutions

  • Electronic Data Acquisition
  • Internal Pipeline Mapping
  • Measurement of solids and restrictions

Applications

  • Oil and Liquid Pipelines

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The BlueDog

The BlueDog

BlueFin has developed a team of scientists, technicians and equipment specialists that are application focused on pipeline flow assurance, maintenance and remediation. Our technical team has worked diligently to provide the most economical, lowest risk treatments for the restoration of flow from naturally occurring, solids obstructed pipelines.

BlueFin is amassing a comprehensive suite of chemical, mechanical and thermal tools for addressing these issues in lines that are considered unpiggable by conventional means. BlueFin’s latest addition, The BlueDog, utilizes a controlled jetting technique, allowing blasting action to penetrate the entire circumference of the internal pipe wall. This eliminates the bulldozing effect that often results in sticking of mechanical pigs.


Solutions

  • Pipeline Remediation
  • Solids Removal
  • Pre-cleaning for ILI Tools

Advantages

  • Requires Less Foot Print than Conventional Mechanical Solutions
  • Economical for integrity, Repair & Maintenance Budgets
  • Reduces Remediation Costs
  • Avoids Damming and Sticking
  • Assurance of ILI Success
  • Permits Multiple Pig Runs with One Tool

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SafeHeat® PRS

Safeheat® is BlueFin’s unique heating and fluid containment technology process. The use of flameless heating (white heat recovery) and vessel containment provides a beneficial and low risk operation for the heating of diesel, thermally stable chemistry, crude, and various other aqueous solutions which serve a wide range of applications. This vessel confronts the environmental exposures and risks on offshore facilities by providing 100% vessel retainage.

Fluids, once constrained to open-top systems, are now contained within this ASME coded vessel for storage. Performance enhancement is achieved by preventing the most critical aromatic components of our solvent systems from flashing-off before treatments can be pumped. By keeping all chemical components in a solution state and reducing the emission of flammable gases BlueFin can safely maximize your assets performance.


Solutions

  • Pipeline Restrictions
  • Pipeline Solids Removal
  • Scale Removal
  • Paraffin Removal
  • Emulsion Prevention
  • Pipeline Cleaning

Applications

  • Production ICP
  • Production Flowlines
  • Vessel Cleaning
  • Coil Tubing Support
  • HWO Operations
  • Heated Fluids for Well Stimulation

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Extended Reach Lancing System

E.R.L.S. is BlueFin’s trademarked mechanical approach to solving prolific deposit and blockage challenges in pipeline & process systems. This mechanical approach combines high-pressure, heat, and chemical injection into one feasible procedure for operators experiencing obstructed flowline riser systems, production equipment, overboard water piping, and JTube systems, to name a few.

In addition, our SafeHeat® technology is a bolt-on component to the E.R.L.S. system when heated fluid applications are demanded. While other known invasive mechanical applications require a large footprint to penetrate blockage issues – and even larger costs – BlueFin’s proprietary E.R.L.S and SafeHeat® technology diminishes both of these operational barriers.


Solutions

  • Pipeline Restrictions
  • Pipeline Solids Removal
  • Scale Removal
  • Paraffin Removal
  • Seawater Barnacle Removal
  • Vessel Cleaning

Applications

  • Production ICP
  • Production Flowlines
  • Offshore Platform Overboard Water Lines
  • Vessels

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slipline

SlipLine® PRS

SlipLine®—trademarked and engineered by BlueFin—is a pipeline remediation solution that combines ingenuity and technical bench strength to solve routine, problematic occurrences with flowline integrity. In a search for measures that would provide economical rehabilitation, BlueFin devised an asset-saving procedure that allows for a high-pressure composite pipe to be placed inside a carbon steel pipeline. This procedure has multiple points of value: bi-directional flow for gas lift needs, bi-directional flow for chemical injection points, and secondary flowline containment for degraded pipelines. The worth-capacity of this service rests solely on application expertise, which allows for tremendous cost benefit and mitigation of environmental impact for sensitive geographical areas.


Solutions

  • Secondary Pipeline Containment
  • Bi-Directional Flow

Applications

  • Gas Lift
  • Degraded Pipelines
  • Chemical Injection

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vessel cleaning

Vessel Cleaning

Vessels are the working organs of oil and gas infrastructure. Vessel functionality and process efficiency, however, can be greatly impeded by the deposition and buildup of both organic and inorganic solids within the internal components. These inefficiencies in process can cause unexpected shut-ins, product quality problems, and major integrity issues if not maintenanced.

BlueFin’s chemical index, mechanical techniques, and trademarked technology enable our technicians to remediate a multitude of system performance issues, specifically in the expertise of solids accumulation. Our unique high pressure lancing system penetrates and manifolds onto such enclosed vessels and allows the chemistry to perform the difficult work while our technicians operate the mechanical components.


Solutions

  • Chemical Treatment
  • Thermo-PAC

Applications

  • Decontamination
  • Solids Removal
  • Scale Removal

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