Industrial & Specialty Services
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.
Clean Harbors Completes Acquisition of HydroChemPSC
In 2021, we acquired HydroChemPSC, a leading U.S. provider of industrial cleaning, specialty maintenance and utilities services. Its services are built around providing solutions to customers focused on cleaning, maintenance and environmental compliance of essential, mission critical equipment and infrastructure. In 2022, HydroChemPSC was rebranded to HPC Industrial. Read on to learn more about our enhanced capabilities.
Our services include:
- Industrial field services
- Pigging and decoking
- Chemical cleaning
- Hands Free™ technologies
- 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 services
- Hydro Excavation
- Liquid/Dry vacuuming
- Chemical hauling
- Ultrasonic cleaning
- Re-Source Solutions
Pigging and Decoking Services
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.
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
Hands Free™ Technologies
We increase cleaning efficiency and accuracy, while reducing safety risk, time and cost.
Clean Harbors provides proprietary Hands Free Technologies that substantially increase cleaning efficiency and accuracy, while reducing safety risk, time and cost.
Utilizing robotics, we eliminate the need for traditional hand-held cleaning methods to minimize employee exposure to hazardous materials, high-pressure systems and work place hazards. Our Hands Free Technologies ensure the precise cleaning you need to get your operations up and running faster.
Hands Free Technologies We Provide
Boiler Tube Cleaner
Our Hands Free Boiler Tube Cleaner system cleans radial tubes found in mud drums of package boilers typically found in chemical and petroleum refining plants without the need for an operator to enter the vessel. Delivering up to 50 pounds (23 kg) of push to clear plugged tubes and travel long distances through multiple bends, our Boiler Tube Cleaner system comes with a water/impact resistant camera system to simplify tube indexing by providing an unobstructed view inside the package boiler mud drum during operations.
The proprietary Sidewinder remote-operated automated shotgun for hydro blasting uses a multi-directional, high-pressure water cleaning nozzle. With a maximum allowable working pressure of up to 40,000 PSI with variable GPM flow rates and a total reach of 9.5 feet, the Sidewinder can clean from 84 inches high down to 18 inches below grade. The Sidewinder’s small footprint, portability and maneuverability allow components to be cleaned inside a process unit or at an isolated decontamination area, such as a hydro blast pad.
Cobra™ and Mini Cobra™
The Cobra provides operators with excellent visibility from a fully enclosed cab while protecting them from the line of fire during high-pressure hydro blasting. The Cobra is capable of handling over 500 horsepower to remove the toughest industrial deposits and fouling. The Cobra's hydraulic arm has excellent flexibility and reach and utilizes a precise rotating head. This device reduces the need for scaffolding, resulting in time and cost savings.
The Mini Cobra is a diesel-powered, rubber track-driven hydro blast robot that is perfect for accessing tight work areas. The operator controls the Mini-Cobra’s five axis mechanical arm, high-pressure water flow and vehicle motion from a portable remote control station. It can also be fitted with attachments to perform tasks other than hydro blasting, such as abrasive blasting, hydro excavating and industrial vacuuming.
The Viper system gives Clean Harbors the ability to flex lance customer process equipment completely hands free. The Viper attaches to an anti-withdrawal device that securely attaches the flange to the face of the exchanger unit and prevents it from withdrawing during the cleaning process. When activated, the Viper operator remotely fires a high-powered stream of water through a flex hose to clean the entire length of each tube in the exchanger, removing deposits and other buildup from the tube walls.
Rotating Hose Device
The portable Rotating Hose Device (RHD) is used in conjunction with a high-volume pump to clean lines and piping. The system is made up of a portable hydraulic power pack, a rotary union drive and the rotary hose drive. The RHD unit allows the hose to be rotated, as opposed to depending on rotating nozzles. The feed rate and rotation can be controlled for more consistent cleaning, and due to its size, the RHD has the ability to maneuver around several 90-degree bends.
Power plants require access to the safest, most innovative resources to stay online and operating at peak levels. The track-mounted Boiler Bot is a compact high-pressure water cleaning technology, that makes the interior cleaning of your boiler's back passes and economizers safer and highly efficient, saving you time and money.
The Cyclops is one of the most comprehensive tools for boiler cleaning and utilizes a high-temperature camera that accurately inspects the inside of your boiler and other areas of your plant while they are online. Inserted into various observation openings, the Cyclops serves as your “eyes” inside, helping to precisely determine what type of maintenance and the intensity of cleaning is required. Camera images of the inside of your boiler are transmitted back to a monitor for viewing by our team and yours.
High Pressure Services
Clean Harbors High-Pressure Services utilize the latest 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.
We are a market leader in providing innovative technology in the industrial cleaning market, with expanded hands-free automation capability that further improves safety and efficiency. Learn more about our hands-free technologies >
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.
Dewatering and Materials Processing
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.
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
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.
We can manage and execute every phase of the hydro excavation process-as well as transportation and disposal-eliminating the need to engage multiple vendors.
Clean Harbors provides a wide range of industrial, municipal and pipeline Hydro Evacuation (Hydrovac) services.
Manual or mechanical digging methods are labor intensive and potentially damaging to underground utilities. Clean Harbors Hydro Evacuation services provide safer, faster and more precise excavation than traditional methods.
- Piling and test holes
- Debris removal
- Culvert cleanouts
- Spill and pipeline break cleanup
Clean Harbors has the equipment, personnel and expertise to meet all of your hydro vac needs.
Liquid/Dry Vacuum Services
Our large fleet of vacuum trucks includes trailer, tandem, tri-axle and single axle units.
Clean Harbors provides liquid or dry vacuuming of industrial materials, drastically reducing clean up time compared to conventional shoveling and loading. We can remove a range of materials from industrial sites, including cement, lime, sands and sludge. Our powerful vacuums can pick up material from up to 1,000 feet away and discharge it into trucks, dumpsters or landfills.
Clean Harbors Liquid/Dry Vacuum Services save time, ensure safety and minimize environmental impact—all of which results in cost savings for our clients.
We anticipate challenges presented by geographic distance, diverse regulatory requirements and changing weather.
Industrial facilities that use hazardous chemicals often face the added burden of operating their own transportation fleet for hauling these materials. Clean Harbors offers a better option—outsourcing chemical transportation to our certified experts. With a vast inventory of chemical hauling equipment, highly-trained operators and extensive experience in hazardous material handling, we have the resources and insight to not only manage your chemical transportation needs but create operational efficiencies.
Leveraging our investment in infrastructure, Clean Harbors provides significant value to clients. Our wash-out facilities allow for rapid turnaround of hazardous transportation units. Tank farms are strategically located to facilitate timely blending and distribution. And our focus on safety and compliance provides peace of mind as well as reduced liability.
Ultrasonic Cleaning Technology
Clean Harbors is the exclusive North American provider of Ultrasonic Cleaning Technology for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
Cleaning and maintaining the metal equipment in an industrial facility is a daunting task with serious bottom-line implications. With this in mind, Clean Harbors offers Ultrasonic Cleaning to remove heavy and light bitumen, tar, asphaltenes, polymers, grease and other petroleum products from metal items through immersion in a scientifically engineered ultrasonic tank. Clean Harbors provides mobile tanks for turnarounds and offers long-term lease tanks on customer sites.
Advantages of Ultrasonic Cleaning
- Removes all forms of hydrocarbon contamination and refinery grade by-products.
- Cleans process-critical components and equipment once deemed not cleanable.
- Performs services in a fraction of the time required by conventional methods.
- Uses less water and produces less wastewater than high pressure cleaning.
- Does not create metal degradation.
- Minimizes safety concerns inherent with high pressure cleaning methods.
Clean Harbors makes all of these Ultrasonic Cleaning advantages a reality for our clients in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
If you are a waste administrator at a coal-fired power generation plant, you know that wet fly ash disposal poses significant challenges, including tightening regulatory requirements, costs, storage capacity, service interruptions and environmental concerns. Clean Harbors can help. As a leading environmental and industrial services provider to the power industry, we are uniquely positioned to provide practical and cost-efficient solutions for ash management.
Clean Harbors offers an innovative, practical and extremely effective solution for ash management that is tailored to the specific needs of fossil fuel plants. Our DryAsh technology is an advanced ash pond solution that can be either a permanent or temporary inline process that converts wet fly ash to a more workable dry state. Best of all, this turnkey solution can be designed, built and installed within approximately six months of contract approval without any plant or unit shutdowns.
An Advanced Solution to Your Ash Pond Challenges
DryAsh is an engineered system of tanks, piping, pumps, hydraulic excavation and separations technologies that will be constructed and housed on your plant’s property. Wet, fly ash will be taken from the plant boiler, re-routed away from the ash lagoon and directed into our system, where it's converted to DryAsh and transported to an on-site landfill or off-site.
DryAsh Provides Benefits Across the Board
The Clean Harbors DryAsh technology is an advanced solution for managing, limiting or even eliminating wet ash waste ponds. This technology offers significant cost savings, maximum operational flexibility and no service interruptions. Specifically, our DryAsh technology and suite of services can help your plant gain benefits such as:
- Cost savings of greater than 50% over more traditional and very expensive capital projects for ash management
- 100% cost recovery using your plant’s current ratemaking and cost recovery structure
- Avoiding service interruptions from retrofitting boilers with mechanical ash handling systems resulting in increased equipment maintenance, outages and shut downs
- Up to 200% greater onsite storage when fly ash is stacked high and dry, versus low and wet
- Regulatory compliance and reduced liability when you use DryAsh to address ash ponds that are old, unlined, unstable and may be leaching contaminants
Clean Harbors provides custom DryAsh solutions tailored to your plant’s specific needs:
- Custom-engineered system – DryAsh is an end-of-pipe solution with turnkey management, operations and maintenance options
- Variable volume from 50 to > 2,000 BDT/day (bone dry tons/day at the boiler)
- The largest scale separations system in the industry with advanced separations and squeeze membrane technologies
- Redundant reliability
- 65% to 75% solids (by weight), ready-made to transport, stack, sell or store
Re-Source Solutions reduces waste costs, creates value from by-products, improves sustainability and ensures compliance.
Re-Source Solutions is a dedicated Clean Harbors team of cross-functional environmental experts who help manufacturing and industrial facilities efficiently manage waste resources and environmental programs. Our team is focused on providing customers with integrated, total-waste-management solutions that draw from several of our operating areas, including hazardous and regulated waste management, industrial waste management, recycling and recovery, and industrial cleaning and maintenance services.
Custom Solutions and Proven Results
The Clean Harbors Re-Source Solutions approach was developed with our customers in mind and its programs are tailored to the specific needs of your organization. We understand that many companies today are standardizing environmental programs in an effort to scale-down supplier networks, reduce costs and maximize their investments in strategic partners. Aggressive environmental performance goals are also pushing organizations toward partners who can help them improve compliance and sustainability performance, including achieving zero landfill status. The depth and breadth of our experience, capabilities and network offers customers a unique solution for managing their diverse environmental programs.