Skip to main content

Desludging the Desalter, a West Penetone Citrikleen HD Story

Desludging the Desalter, a West Penetone Citrikleen HD Story

Desalters are notoriously dirty, difficult to clean systems within any refinery. With time and money on the line, West Penetone exceeded expectations at a local Midwest refinery, completing the turnaround ahead of schedule and under budget.

Project Overview

  • Client: Midwest Petrochemical Refinery
  • Vessels to Clean: One, Desalter
  • Vessel Size: 30,000 gallons 
  • Last Cleaning: 2005
  • Previous Cleaning: Used competitor product which yielded poor results, with sludge over top of walkway

Application and Treatment Parameters

  • First Phase: Steam Purge to ready vessel
  • Cleaning Agent(s): Citrikleen HD (900 gallons), Clean Add II (1000 gallons)
  • Allotted Turnaround Time: 48 hours


  • Steam purge was not available due to unexpected limitations on site
  • Total Time to Clean: 33 hours
  • Readings after Cleaning: 0 LEL, 0 Benzene, 0 H2S
  • Sludge Levels: Well below walkway

Despite the lack of steam, and adequate hot water required to perform the cleaning to West Penetone's proposed parameters, West Penetone was able to complete the desalter turnaround in less than 70% of the allotted time. Crunched for time and pleased with the progression of the project, at the 33 hour mark the Midwest refinery was pleased with the gas readings (0 LEL, 0 Benzene, 0H2S) as well as the remaining level of sludge (well below the walkway) and requested that West Penetone pack up and clean out so they could bring the desalter back online.

Bottom line, West Penetone's Citrikleen HD exceeded expectations, cleaning more than 10 years of sludge build up in less than 48 hours - hours ahead of schedule and under budget!

If you're interested in a more detailed report of this project, please contact

Learn more at

Popular posts from this blog

FDA Approved Isopropyl Liquid Hand Sanitizer

FDA Approved Isopropyl Liquid Hand Sanitizer May 9, 2020 In partnership with Zircon Industries, Kelley Industrial Sales has sourced a limited supply of American made, FDA approved isopropyl liquid hand sanitizer. Steri-Touch by Zircon Industries is an FDA approved liquid sanitizer formulated to remove germs and viruses associated with the common cold, flu, and novel coronavirus from hands and other skin surfaces. Intended for industrial and commercial use, Steri-Touch liquid hand sanitizers are available for sale in a gallon, 5-gallon pail, and 55-gallon barrel containers. What is a hand sanitizer and how does it work? A hand sanitizer is defined as a liquid, gel, or foam - typically made up of an alcohol-based chemical blend - that is used to decrease the infectious agents (viruses, germs, other microbes) on a person's hands. Alcohol-based blends often contain a combination of ethanol, n-proponal, or isopropyl alcohol at concentrations ranging from 60-95% alco

The Hard Facts about Hardfacing

What is Hardfacing? Hardfacing is a metalworking process of applying tougher metals, high-temperature alloys, ceramics and other overlays to base metals to enhance standard wear, corrosion, hardness and other physical and chemical characteristics of the base metal. When to Hardface? Hardfacing can be applied at during all life-cycles of a fabricated or machines part. Commonly, hardfacing is applied On new parts to increase wear On older, worn-down surface back to tolerance On functional equipment to extend the life of fabricated components as part of maintenance program How is the Hardfacing applied? There are a variety of methods to apply hardfacing. No one method is superior to others, rather the method is recommended based on the intended purpose of the hardfacing. Some of the more common welding methods include: Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Oxyfuel Welding (OFW) Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) Electrical Welding (ESW) P

Cleaner, More Efficient Gas Turbines Start with Citrikleen and Citrkleen HD

Cleaner, More Efficient Gas Turbines Start with Citrikleen and Citrkleen HD As natural gas becomes a more cost-effective fuel to power America’s power needs, proper maintenance of gas turbines and their compressors is more critical than ever to ensure efficient, effective, profitable, and uninterrupted power production. The Problem During the general operation of gas turbines, large quantities of air and other particulates pass through the compressors. While this air is filtered, small quantities of dust, aerosols, and water pass through the filters and end up as deposits on the blades. Over time, these deposits decrease the air flow of the compressor resulting in decreased performance and output of the gas turbines. The Solution Citrikleen and Citrikleen HD are concentrated, biodegradable heavy-duty solvents trusted by heavy industry, aerospace, refineries/petrochemical plants and the military to degrease their hardest to clean equipment. Citrikleen and Citrikleen HD