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Oil Flushing

Oil Flushing

Remove harmful contaminants and keep your new rotating and hydraulic equipment operating at peak performance; significantly reducing the potential for premature failure.

Contaminants such as water, rust, loose scale, weld slag, sand, dirt, and oils are removed from the system with a proper pre-operational cleaning, reducing the wear, scoring, and damage bearings, control valves, instrumentation, and critical operating systems are subjected to. Insoluble particles can become trapped in the bearings of rotating equipment and cause significant damage. The dynamic oil film thickness in rotating bearings can be less than a micron, so it is imperative to remove particulate from lubrication systems down to a microscopic level.

The cleaning process is conducted in three stages:

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Removal of oils
and varnishes
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Velocity flushing to remove debris
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Introduction & filtration of the lubrication oil

It is not unusual for the actual system oil to contain significant particulate, which must also be removed to prevent damage to the operating equipment. For this reason, any oil introduced into the system after flushing must be filtered to a stringent specification dictated by the equipment vendor.

When performing a cleaning job, FourQuest Energy designs the flushing paths in loops to maximize flow rates throughout the system. It is important that all parts of the system see turbulent flow regimes with a Reynolds number in excess of 4000.

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Custom engineered flushing equipment

Oil Flushing Equipment - FS-500

FS-500

The FS-500 is a fully integrated skid-mounted flushing and filtration unit specifically designed for quick set up and operation. The unit can provide controlled flow rates from 20 to 500 litres per minute for flushing, chemical cleaning, or filtering operations. This system is ideal for applications where a high degree of cleanliness is required to meet operational or OEM specifications.

Oil Flushing Equipment - FS-2000

FS-2000

The FS-2000 is a fully integrated skid-mounted flushing and filtration unit specifically designed for quick set up and operation. The unit can provide controlled flow rates from 200 to 2000 litres per minute for flushing, chemical cleaning, or filtering operations. This system is ideal for applications where a high degree of cleanliness is required to meet operational or OEM specifications.

Oil Flushing Equipment - FS-4000

FS-4000

The FS-4000 is a fully integrated skid-mounted flushing and filtration unit specifically designed for quick set up and operation. The unit can provide controlled flow rates from 500 to 4000 litres per minute for flushing, chemical cleaning, or filtering operations. This system is ideal for applications where a high degree of cleanliness is required to meet operational or OEM specifications.

FourQuest Energy utilizes external flushing equipment, which has been designed by our engineers to perform circulation, heating, and filtration of oil systems.

This external equipment can provide higher flow rates than the equipment onboard the installed oil system. It is also capable of controlled system heating, resulting in significantly reduced flushing times and cost for the equipment operator.

The FourQuest skid allows the flexibility and ease of installing a variety of sizes of filter media to target debris based on their dimensions. A reverse flow manifold—integral to the skid—allows the system to be flushed in either direction simply by manipulating four valves.

During the flushing of systems, critical components are usually bypassed to prevent debris from becoming trapped. For example, the bearing housings on lubrication systems are typically bypassed to avoid having particulate drop out of the bearings. It is also advantageous to bypass the oil reservoirs, as they allow any particulate picked up in the cleaning flow to be deposited at the bottom of the system.  The oil reservoirs can be cleaned by hand using clean, lint-free rags.

Lube Oil Flushing Slides

Related Case Studies

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CASE STUDY

Open Loop Lube Oil Flushing
The lube oil system posed a unique set of challenges to overcome. It had three bearing housings that were open to the atmosphere, which provides a significant risk of spills during oil flushing operations.
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CASE STUDY

Bearing Failure in 100MW Turbine
An Alberta power producer had a bearing failure in the 100 megawatt natural gas peak unit turbine. The required cleanliness and sensitivity of this piece of equipment is comparable to that of a jet engine.
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CASE STUDY

Pre-Commissioning & Commissioning an Alberta SAGD Facility
We were awarded the full pre-commissioning and commissioning work scopes at a Northern Alberta Oil Sands SAGD facility.

Applications for lubrication and hydraulic oil flushing include:

  1. Cleaning of hydraulic control systems (e.g., systems controlling large isolation valves on coker drums and jacking systems for offshore equipment).
  2. Rotating equipment lubrication oil system cleaning (e.g., steam turbines, large pumps, and gas turbine systems).

Flushing of hydraulic and lubrication oil systems is employed to ensure that new rotating and hydraulic equipment will start up and operate as designed, significantly reducing the potential for premature failure. Maintenance and downtime on equipment can be minimized by performing an effective system cleaning during commissioning and following maintenance and repair services. Any facility that has a low tolerance for equipment failure will find this service key to their preventative maintenance program.

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