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ENBRIDGE OIL TANKS – SAVE $300,000 USING GMA TOUGHBLAST

CENTRAL ILLINOIS, USA

COMPANY OVERVIEW

CL Coatings delivers the following services throughout America:

  • Surface preparation
  • Industrial painting
  • Lead abatement
  • Sandblasting
  • Fireproofing
  • Tank lining solutions

They received a large oil tank blasting project from Enbridge. Enbridge operates across North America delivering reliable, affordable sources of energy through liquids pipelines, natural gas pipelines, gas distribution and storage, and renewable energy. They are the third-largest natural gas utility by consumer count. Additionally, the produce about 30% of the crude oil in North America and transport 20% of the natural gas consumed in the United States.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

CL Coatings approached BlastOne about full field blasting six 220′ diameter floating roof crude oil tanks. The project included milscale removal. Altogether, they aimed for SP5 on the interior floor, SP10 on the roof, and SP6 on the shell.

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PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Achieve specified surface cleanliness and roughness standards

  • Increase productivity without increasing labor costs

  • Ability to complete original project deadlines on-time

  • Generate considerable savings in production costs

  • Increase production capacity

  • Reduce abrasive consumption

RESULTS

First, we improved CL Coating’s equipment fleet. The upgraded equipment included BlastOne Airpreps, MegaBlaster, and high-production nozzles.

Next, we switched to a more effective abrasive, GMA ToughBlast. ToughBlast achieves a high surface profile from 3-3.75 mil – thus preparing an significantly clean surface. Visibility also undeniably improved on-site due to the low dust factor.

Overall, the project averaged 1.75lbs/ft2 with a production rate of 220 ft2/hr.

Test Metrics
GMA ToughBlast
Original Project Timeline
Abrasive Used
44,000 lbs
220,000 lbs
Labor
4 blasters
4+ blasters
Days Blasted
2.5 days
4 days
Blasting Production Rate
220 ft2/hr
n/a
Abrasive Consumption
1.7 lbs/ft2
n/a

CONCLUSION

By switching to GMA ToughBlast, our client used 5x less abrasive. With the high production rate, Enbridge saved over a day and a half on labor costs. Moreover, they saved $300,000 by using GMA ToughBlast abrasive.

EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS

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HIGH PRODUCTIVITY

Superior cleaning rate against other abrasives.

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COST EFFECTIVE

Lower garnet usage, labor, clean up and disposal cost.

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SAFER TO USE

Meets industry, government and environmental safety standards.

CASE STUDIES

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