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  • Overview

    Overview

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    With safety as our No. 1 priority, Clean Harbors offers an integrated portfolio of services with a unique focus on your Refinery operations.

    Clean Harbors comprehensive safety programs are employee-driven with a firm management commitment to meet the Refinery industry’s safety statistic requirements for service providers.  

    We offer routine industrial services such as liquid and dry vacuum, hydro blasting, pipeline cleaning, container rental and management and remediation, to more specialized services including pigging and decoking, chemical cleaning, high pressure, dewatering and materials processing and emergency response.

    Our extensive equipment inventory and experienced manpower enable us to deploy the right tools and teams to manage any project. Combined with our significant transportation and disposal assets across North America, Clean Harbors can provide true turnkey services to our Refinery customers. 

    Refinery Industry Services We Provide

    • Waste Disposal Services
    • Container Management
    • Emergency Response
    • Industrial Services
    • Industrial and Specialty Services
    • InSite Services
    • Dewatering and Materials Processing
    • Remediation Services

    Download Case Study (Clean Harbors InSite Services Increase Recovery and Recycling at Pine Bend Refinery)
    Download Fact Sheet (Container Management Services for Western Canada Refineries and Petrochemical Facilities)
    Download Fact Sheet (Container Program for Oilfield Waste Management)
    Download Container Management for Refineries Brochure
    Download Refinery and Petrochemical Services Brochure

  • Pigging and Decoking Services

    Pigging and Decoking Services

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    Our closed loop pigging not only minimizes your downtime, it also allows for concurrent maintenance to be performed in the same area.

    Clean Harbors is the only single source, full-service provider to offer comprehensive pigging services and "Smart pig" inspection technology for refinery and plant processes. 

    Internal buildup of deposits, which decreases throughput and thermal efficiency, is a common problem for refineries and chemical plants. Clean Harbors provides a safe, fast and environmentally friendly approach to cleaning the interior walls of fired heater tubes and pipelines through our pigging and decoking services. 

    Proprietary Processes and Equipment

    The closed loop process uses a high volume, low pressure centrifugal pumping system to propel our patented bi-directional pigs through pipes and coils for cleaning. Closed loop pigging minimizes equipment downtime and is more efficient and less damaging to pipes than steam air decoking. All removed material can be contained for disposal or analysis.  

    Download Fact Sheet (Pigging and Decoking Services)

    The Clean Harbors Difference

    • More than a dozen pigging patents, including our patented soft core pig design
    • The world’s largest fleet of twin-pump units, available 24/7
    • Our “Smart pig” technology, which determines tube wall thickness and identifies potential issues with the coils after a pigging decoke
  • Industrial and Specialty Services

    Industrial and Specialty Services

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    With highly skilled staff, a vast equipment inventory and more than 35 years of experience, Clean Harbors provides a wide range of Industrial and Specialty Services throughout North America.

    We safely and efficiently manage hazardous, non-hazardous, wet and dry materials utilizing specialized equipment and techniques. 

    Industrial and Specialty Services We Provide

    • Pigging and Decoking
    • Chemical Cleaning
    • High Pressure Services - such as cold cutting, dry ice blasting, ultrasonic cleaning and exchanger, line, vessel and tank cleaning
    • Dewatering and Materials Processing
    • Outage and Turnaround Services
    • Pipeline Coatings
    • Hydro Excavation
    • Liquid/Dry Vacuuming
    • Chemical Hauling
    • Ultra Sonic Cleaning Technology
  • Waste Disposal Services

    Waste Disposal Services

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    Clean Harbors Waste Disposal Services provide the widest range of treatment and disposal options in the industry for all of your hazardous and non-hazardous waste. 

    Unmatched in North America, our facilities provide services for all of the United States, Canada, northern Mexico and Puerto Rico. We handle drum and bulk hazardous waste in liquid, solid, semi-solid, sludge and gas forms.

    Your disposal needs are our business. We’ll work hard for your business.

    One Call Handles All of Your Hazardous Waste Disposal Needs

    Organizing multiple vendors is costly, time-consuming and it can leave gaps in your hazardous waste program that increase your risk or leave you open to problems with compliance.

    Employing the most advanced technologies, we provide a single source for all of your hazardous waste disposal needs, making the entire process easier, safer and more cost-effective. From PCBs to cyanides and explosives, we handle it all through a highly coordinated truck, rail and ship transportation network.

    Our Waste Disposal Services

    • Bulk Waste
    • Drum Waste Disposal
    • Fuel Blending
    • Incineration
    • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
    • Landfill

    Typical Waste Managed

    • F038 Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) waste
    • Slop oil emulsions
    • Spent hydrotreating and spent hydrorefining catalyst
    • Heat exchanger bundle cleaning sludge
    • API separator sludge
    • Tank bottoms (leaded)/crude oil storage tank sediment
    • Clarified slurry oil tank sediment 
    • In-line filter/separation solids
    • NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) 
    • TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material)
    • Explosives and reactive wastes
  • High Pressure Services

    High Pressure Services

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    Clean Harbors provides numerous options and cutting edge, automated technology to get customers back on line quickly and safely.

    Clean Harbors High Pressure Services utilize automated water blasting equipment to remove unwanted deposits from various process vessels, tanks and lines.

    It’s overwhelming to consider all of the equipment—from boilers and condensers to tanks and reactors—​that must be kept clean and free of deposits in order to function properly. Clean Harbors offers a full line of High Pressure Services for cleaning these items and process equipment of all types. These services include:

    • Cold cutting 
    • Dry ice blasting 
    • Ultrasonic cleaning
    • Exchanger cleaning
    • Line cleaning
    • Vessel and tank cleaning

    Our expert staff selects the high pressure technique that’s optimal for each type of equipment and dispose of any resulting wastes. Our decades of experience in chemical cleaning, along with our vast equipment inventory and highly skilled personnel, make Clean Harbors the natural choice for your high pressure service needs.

    Download Fact Sheet (High Pressure Services)

  • Chemical Cleaning

    Chemical Cleaning

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    Our expertise with chemical cleaning means we won’t harm the metallurgy in your process equipment.

    With more than 35 years of experience, Clean Harbors has the expertise and equipment to safely perform any Chemical Cleaning projects.

    Our staff is highly skilled at planning and formulating chemical solutions for your cleaning project. Whether in the form of liquid, foam, vapor-phasing cascading or circulation, we incorporate the proper chemistry to eliminate deposits and scaling and maintain the integrity of the system being cleaned. You’ll profit from reduced downtime and less process variation.

    Chemical Cleaning Treatments

    We commonly use the following chemical cleaning treatments:

    • Alkaline/solvent wash for hydrocarbon sludge removal from process equipment
    • Acid/chelant treatment for scale buildup on the inside of boiler pipes and tubes or cooling water service
    • Safe and non-toxic form of enzyme-based cleaning 
    • Safe and non-toxic form of enzyme-based, steam-assisted decontamination

    In addition to performing the cleaning, Clean Harbors can contain, transport and dispose of all waste generated from the chemical cleaning process. In some cases, generated waste can be conditioned on-site during cleaning to meet your on-site treatment needs. This turnkey approach is unique to Clean Harbors and a major advantage for our Chemical Cleaning clients.

    Download Fact Sheet (Chemical Cleaning Services)

  • Dewatering and Materials Processing

    Dewatering and Materials Processing

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    Combined with our equipment and manpower, we leverage our significant transportation and disposal assets to provide a number of service offerings to our customers.

    Clean Harbors provides Dewatering and Materials Processing services to improve the efficiency of wastewater treatment systems and crude tanks—​while producing a cost benefit to our end customer.

    Surface impoundments and storage tanks containing built-up sludge can limit the effectiveness of your wastewater treatment system. Clean Harbors can safely remove and process the sludge and reduce the volume of waste with specialized dewatering and dredging equipment. This process results in improved efficiency of your wastewater treatment system and significant cost savings. 

    Download Fact Sheet (Onsite Material Processing Services)

    The Clean Harbors Difference

    • Cutting-edge dredging and dewatering equipment for precise waste removal and high volume, continuous processing
    • Resource recovery through our mobile thermal treatment units
    • EH&S support, including the design of vapor control plans to meet air emissions guidelines

    Dredging and dewatering may be typical industrial tasks, but Clean Harbors expertise, equipment and turnkey abilities are anything but common.

  • Outage and Turnaround Services

    Outage and Turnaround Services

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    We understand time sensitivity and will mobilize equipment and professionals who will work 24/7 to execute a turnaround in the shortest possible time—​within budget and without incident.

    Clean Harbors Outage and Turnaround specialists provide industrial cleaning during planned or unplanned shutdowns of a process unit or plant to perform maintenance, overhaul and repairs.

    Outages and shutdowns disrupt production and affect your bottom line. But Clean Harbors has the manpower, expertise and equipment to get your process or facility back up and running in the shortest possible time, within budget and without incident.

    Our Outage and Turnaround Services

    • Vacuum services
    • Internal pipe inspection
    • High pressure services (hydro jetting, hydro blasting, etc.)
    • Condenser and heat exchanger tube cleaning (hydro lazing)
    • Chemical cleaning
    • Pipe cleaning and removal
    • Boiler cleaning
    • Pigging and decoking
    • Waste disposal

    Why choose Clean Harbors? We leverage our extensive experience, skilled staff and vast equipment inventory to provide the quickest, safest and most effective outage and turnaround services possible.

    Download Fact Sheet (Outage and Turnaround Support Services)

  • Emergency Response

    Emergency Response

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    With more 200 locations in North America, Clean Harbors has the manpower, equipment and technical expertise to manage any size environmental emergency on land or water.

    Clean Harbors can rapidly deploy experienced, fully certified workers to meet the needs of any incident in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico.

    • Over-the-road incidents 
    • Punctured lines 
    • Tank overflows 
    • Leaking drums 
    • Saddle tank spills 
    • Large pipeline ruptures 
    • Mercury spills
    • Biological and infectious materials 
    • Ship groundings 
    • Tanker truck rollovers 
    • Chemical and hazardous material spills 
    • Oil spills
    • Hurricane, earthquake and storm damage 
    • Emergency lab packs
    • Homeland security and terrorist attack responses
    • Releases in warehouses and distribution centers

    Rapid Response and Containment

    Varying by the response, spills typically can be contained within the first few hours, with minimal remediation in the next 48 hours. Clean Harbors works under all local, state and federal guidelines (EPA, OSHA, USCG, etc.) when performing containment and cleanup. Waste for off-site disposal is packaged and prepared for shipment to a waste treatment and disposal facility. 

    Emergency Preparedness

    Clean Harbors Emergency Response experts can provide guidance on emergency management, operations, planning, logistics and more. Our Standby Emergency Response Coverage ensures that you have the necessary coverage and response in the event of an environmental emergency.

    Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO)

    Under the U.S. Coast Guard’s OSRO Classification Program, Clean Harbors holds Captain of the Port ratings for facilities and vessels in 56 ports throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. 

    Emergency Operations Center

    Clean Harbors operates an Emergency Operations Center where duty operators certified in DOT and RCRA can help you 24/7. One number, one call:  800.645.8265

  • Container Management

    Container Management

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    We have more than 12,000 containers of various types and sizes.

    Clean Harbors provides and manages a wide variety of containers for businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

    Clean Harbors has more than 12,000 containers of various types and sizes such as open and closed top rolloffs, vacuum containers, dewatering containers, frac tanks and specialty containers to service all industries. 

    Ranging from the delivery of a single container to a customer’s site to the on-site management of all of a customer’s containers, Clean Harbors provides comprehensive container management. We also provide transportation and logistics services for moving containers on-site and off-site as well as container tracking.

    Download Fact Sheet (Container Management Program)
    Download Fact Sheet (Vacuum Dewatering Rolloff Containers)
    Download Fact Sheet (Container Management Services for Western Canada Refineries and Petrochemical Facilities)

    Typical Containers Available

    • Open top rolloffs 
    • Hard top rolloffs 
    • Open top intermodals 
    • Hard top intermodals 
    • Vacuum containers 
    • Dewatering containers 
    • Vacuum dewatering containers 
    • Frac tanks 
    • Luggers

Our Coverage

  • U.S.United States
  • Canada
  • International
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