How Can I Prevent Pipes from Breaking Between Crude Oil Pumps?


Trans-Alaskan PipelineApplying heat to your pipes will prevent your pipes from breaking when pumping crude oil. When you complete a pump and can’t clean your pipes, I recommend keeping the pipes warm to avoid build up. As you being a new pump, if there is an oil build up in the pipe, the pressure from the new pump can cause your pipes to explode.

There are four key things to remember when working with crude oil, be sure to know what oil you are working with.

  1. Crude oil can begin to solidify at ambient temperature.
  2. Some crudes can become rock hard at 60°F, while others do not.
  3. Crude oil is considered a hazardous chemical and should be handled with care.
  4. Heat is required to maintain the flow ability of the oil.

Because crude oil is considered a hazardous material and is combustible at temperatures between 230°F and 330°F. I recommend finding a safe and reliable heat source to work with that is certified for Class 1 Division 2 hazardous locations, and cannot heat over 150°F.