Heating Cable

Definition - What does Heating Cable mean?

Heating Cable is a cable that is used to maintain the temperature in oil and gas pipelines. Heating cables and heat tapes are helpful in keeping the constant temperature of the pipeline that is necessary for a continuous flow of heavy viscous crude oil. It is also known as a heat trace cable.

Petropedia explains Heating Cable

Pipelines that are used to transport viscous heavy crude oil are constantly heated. The reason for constant heating of such pipelines is to ensure that the heavy viscous crude oil can flow smoothly without deposition of wax or paraffin on the internal surface of the pipelines.

A few other applications of heating cables in the oil and gas industry are:

  • Tracing of pipes.
  • Protecting the pipes from freezing.
  • Maintaining the temperature process.
  • Viscosity control of crude and petroleum products.

There are two types of heating cables:

  • Self regulating heating cables – These cables adjust the output of heat automatically. They are used in maintenance of low temperature processes.
  • Constant wattage heating cables – As the name suggests these cables provide the constant temperature of 500 degree Fahrenheit or above.
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