Integrated Environmental Services, Inc. (IES)

Integrated Environmental Services, Inc. (IES)

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Our experience and leadership, excellent client relationships and outstanding reputation are our strengths. All of this and more has placed us as one of the most respected environmental firms in the world.

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Technologies for the on-site remediation of high hazard waste.

Technologies for the on-site remediation of high hazard waste.

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IES is an inventor and innovator of the most advanced equipment used in the environmental remediation community. We hold 30 patents related to remediation, reclamation, and processing of high hazard materials.

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Compressed Gas Cylinders

Compressed Gas Cylinders

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Handling waste compressed gas cylinders poses unique hazards and challenges associated with the chemical composition of each gas, the energy of compression, and the capability of a gas to move and flow freely when not contained.

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Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management

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"In response to the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHC) standard IES has developed programs designed to prevent or minimize the consequences of catastrophic releases of HHCs.

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New Guinea

cutters in boxes

Bromine trifluoride (BrF3) is used along with chlorine trifluoride, bromine pentafluoride, iodine pentafluoride, and other similarly reactive materials in oil exploration and extraction activities.  It serves as part of a system designed to cut various diameter pipes in-situ.  The cutting assembly, including the container of BrF3, is typically lowered into a borehole casing, triggered remotely, and allowed to expel the reactive material in a carefully controlled pattern onto the interior surface of the casing.  Contact with BrF3 (or similar products) initiates a highly exothermic reaction at the metal surface.  The result is a clean cut at the contact perimeter.  The cutting “tool” and the portion of casing above the cut can then be withdrawn from the borehole.

In 2013, IES was contracted to access 47 such cutting devices and to neutralize the highly reactive content at a remote location in New Guinea.  To facilitate the project performance, IES purchased and outfitted an intermodal container with all the necessary equipment and supplies to do the work.  This approached reduced both setup, operations time and provided protection from the elements.  The cutters could be accessed by either inserting a specialized valve into the vent-hole diaphragm or by using a saddle and penetrator system.  IES was able to intrusively access the cutter contents and emptied the BrF3 to reactors which then neutralized the contents.  Once the cylinders were drained of BrF3, they were filled with a dilute sodium hydroxide solution and allowed to react as part of the process to neutralize any remaining residual material.  Final decommissioning was accomplished by cutting the cylinder into two pieces.  This method provided a controlled and enclosed system, preventing any accidental release.  IES performed the work successfully without incident.