DragX Applications

DragX has undergone extensive testing and is deployed in a wide range of pipes carrying hydrocarbons, water, or wastewater. It can be applied in-situ via standard pigging methods or in-factory to new pipes. DragX cures within hours, meaning that downtimes a minimized compared to other epoxy-based or sleeve solutions. DragX has demonstrated excellent function on various pipe types and without affecting the purity of the fluids transported.

Asphaltene Deposition

Asphaltenes precipitate out of petroleum fluids under a variety of conditions. Deposition impedes production and constricts the pipeline, resulting in lengthy, complex, and costly shutdowns. Asphaltene deposits typically are removed by the injection of large amounts of aromatic solvents.

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Hydrate & Wax Buildup

Wax in crude oil can lead to the formation of deposits along pipe walls causing significant increases in required pumping pressure. Hydrates are ice-like solids that form when free water and natural gas combine at high pressure and low temperature and often can block pipes completely.

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Water and Wastewater Lines

In both potable and wastewater lines, scale build-up (such as calcium or magnesium) and chemical reactions (from corrosion or pipe metal dissolving into the water) can result in a failure of the pipes’ integrity and disruption of the water line – either restricting flow or resulting in leaks and bursts.

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Microbiologically-Induced Corrosion

MIC can create pitting, under deposit, and galvanic corrosion that can lead to leaks and ruptures in gas pipelines. With support from NETL, Oceanit researched DragX nanocomposite surface treatment technologies as a solution to the looming MIC threat facing the U.S.’s aging natural gas infrastructure.

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