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oil & gas Equipment Cold Spray repair Solutions

The Oil and Gas Industry generates trillions of dollars in revenue every year and is broken into three segments – upstream, midstream, and downstream.

The upstream segment locates and drills for raw materials. The midstream segment moves those raw materials to the refineries. The downstream segment refines fuels and then markets and distributes the final product.

All segments rely on high-quality vessels and structures to keep the fuel flowing. Examples include pipelines and tank railcars for crude (unrefined) oil, pipelines and tanker trucks for refined products such as diesel and gasoline, and storage tanks at distribution hubs and at fuel stations. Cold Spray technology offers a viable solution for repairs to the different types of vessels and pipelines that oil and gas companies rely upon. 

Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry 

As with most production facilities, global markets ask the oil and gas industry to produce more and more at a lower cost and with lower emissions. The first step to achieving more production is to improve the uptimes and efficiencies of existing facilities. Becoming corporate and socially responsible is in lock-step with increasing production while being more environmentally conscientious.

An additional challenge for upstream and downstream operations is their equipment’s size, immobility, and location. Enormous oilfield equipment, complex piping systems, and potential off-shore sites create unique challenges in safely maintaining and repairing equipment.

VRC Solutions for Petroleum and Oil Field Equipment

VRC’s High-Pressure Cold Spray is a supersonic particle deposition process that can create coatings and dimensional structures with enhanced corrosion resistance, wear resistance, or electromagnetic interference shielding. It is cost-effective, requiring no heating of the parts and no chemicals, generating a “green” process that meets that corporate responsibility challenge head-on.

VRC Metal Systems’ High-Pressure Cold Spray (HPCS) portability meets the immobility challenge of the Gas and Oil Industry as well, with modular units that easily travel to individual repair sites. There is a benefit to using HPCS for every environment that the oil and gas industry finds itself in:

  • Highly corrosion-resistant coatings can be applied to carbon steel and aluminum, with choices between galvanically similar coatings, more noble, or more sacrificial coatings, protecting against seawater’s, particularly corrosive properties.
  • Hard ceramics can be co-deposited with metals, adding wear and abrasion resistance to defend against particularly dust- and dirt-intensive environments.
  • Limitless deposition thickness can repair surfaces to their original dimensions, as in the cases of gouging or abrasion, in the field.
  • The inert-gas-driven process produces no flames, sparks, or arcs, significantly reducing ignition sources where flammable fumes or substances may be present.
  • Layered applications of metals, metal alloys, and metal alloy blends to pipelines can be used to repair damage caused by wear and tear or corrosion and subsequently add coatings to prevent or slow future degradation.

VRC Metal Systems is trusted by government organizations and reputable institutions worldwide. With VRC’s High-Pressure Cold Spray systems, you receive expert on-site implementation and maintenance support from highly-trained staff. 

If you’re interested in a cost-effective repair & maintenance solution for your oil & gas equipment request a quote, and one of our Sales Engineers will contact you.

Contact VRC Metal Systems today to find out how cold spray technologies can support your oil & gas equipment needs. 

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