Sludge Extraction

The waste generated from tank or lagoon cleaning is often a dense sludge with a high percentage of solids suspended in a water and oil mix. This can make removing the sludge problematic and if the correct method is not selected or the equipment is not suitable a failure of some kind will be inevitable.

PTS can offer a range of extraction methods and these are covered in this website under Innovative Tank Cleaning and Lagoon Remediation. As well as these methods detailed other options are heating the tank bottoms to increase mobility or adding a diluent, such as LCO or diesel, and recirculating the contents, this will mix the sludge banks in the tank and will make the sludge more manageable.

PTS have the pumps and pipes specially designed for these conditions and with the expertise to deal with any unforeseen challenges which may arise giving peace of mind to our clients.  Amongst the vast range of pumps sizes and construction which PTS can employ there are a fleet of Molex pumps, which are positive displacement pumps with a screw assembly. These pumps have been designed for use transferring high solid fluids and are hydraulically driven meaning they are safe for use in any environment and the diesel power pack which supplies the hydraulics for the pumps, and if required the dozer, are fitted with spark arrestors and chalwyn valves to ensure safety on all our clients sites.

This combination will transfer even the thickest sludges ensuring delivery from tank or lagoon to either undergo sludge treatment or a designated collection point.

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