Ethylene Glycol in the Oil and Gas Industry

Ethylene Glycol, also known as ethylene alcohol, glycol, and clycol alcohol, is an important part of the oil and gas industry, especially when it comes to pipelines. Natural gas pipelines often go under the sea where temperatures are extremely low (often close to freezing) and salt water corrodes the pipes.

Ethylene glycol is known for its natural antifreeze characteristics, which in turn prevents blockages from freezing temperatures and increases overall corrosion protection. It is these same properties that make ethylene glycol popular in a host of other fields like the fabric, automotive and packaging industries.

Ethylene glycol (HOCH2CH2OH) is also used for other oil and gas industry applications
including:

  • Gas hydrate inhibition
  • Anti-solvent in crystallization process
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Friction reducer, crosslinker, and gelling agent in growing hydraulic fracturing industry

It is important to note that ethylene glycol is hazardous when ingested but non-toxic after short-term skin contact, still respirators should be used for prolonged exposure. At CCUSA, we carry a wide selection of acids and chemicals and we are a wholesale industrial and commercial bulk supplier of ethylene glycol.

To learn more about how the oil and gas industry utilizes ethylene glycol please call Continental Chemical USA at 1.877.959.5530 or contact one of our experts today.

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