Why dry ice blasting is a godsend to the oil and gas industry

If you have not looked into the possibilities of dry ice blasting before, there’s no better time than right now. The number of ways in which the technique can be used means that it is a very useful tool for any number of companies that deal with oil and gas, and who want to clean up their surrounding environment.

Here are just some of the things that dry ice blasting can be used for:

Heavy oils

Heavy oils, like those made by Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, along with corroding agents and bitumen, can all be removed from tougher to clean areas, such as valves and pipes, using dry ice blasting.

In many cases, dry ice blasting can be used to remove heavy oil from equipment while the equipment is in operation, which means that you do not have to lose any working time to have equipment cleaned effectively.

Reduces reliance on toxic equipment

For companies that are concerned about their environmental credentials, and the health and well-being of their employees, dry ice blasting is the perfect cleaning solution because the pellets used in the technique are non-toxic and completely safe. Some other cleaning agents contain toxins that are harmful to people and the environment. So, by using dry ice blasting, you can seriously cut down on the number of toxic substances you use.

Cuts down on downtime

For most businesses, any downtime has a very real financial impact, which is why it is best avoided. However, it is also important to keep equipment clean and gunk free. As mentioned above, dry ice blasting can usually be carried out on functioning equipment, thus maximizing profit and minimizing disruption.

Good for cleaning precision instruments

Another huge benefit of dry ice blasting is that it can be used to clean more fragile surfaces, including wind turbines. This is possible because the pellets used in the process have been optimized to get rid of contaminants without damaging the surfaces they are cleaning. Upon contact with an equipment surface, pellets will even dissipate, which means they won’t bounce around causing damage.

As you can see, there are a number of great advantages to using dry ice blasting to get rid of oil and lubricant build-up on important machinery, but if you do choose to use this process, it is important that you seek a professional to carry out the work.