Cleaning of NORM Contaminated Pipes from Dismantling of Oil/Gas Production Facilities at a North African Site
At a North African site of oil/gas production, a large volume of NORM contaminated tubings, pipes and fittings resulting from dismantling of production wells and other facilities was accumulated and stockpiled over years. To manage this scrap showing different types and levels of radioactive contamination, a comprehensive project was initiated for radiological survey of the scrap, the comparison of feasible cleaning options, and scrap cleaning. Dry abrasive grit blasting was selected as the most efficient and reliable technique for cleaning.
KeywordsProduction Well Surface Contamination Scale Type Radioactive Contamination Steel Scrap
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