About Us

Our company

Established in 2005, Cokebusters has become a leading service provider in the field of mechanical decoking and in-line inspection of process piping within fired heaters, HRSG/OTSG boilers, transfer lines and pipelines. From our two headquarters in the United Kingdom and the United States, we are able to consistently deliver high quality services to energy industries worldwide.


From the beginning, the Cokebusters team has always endeavoured to push the boundaries of what is possible and we continue to develop innovative equipment which allows us to solve our clients’ problems.

Our industry leading scraper pigs have been expertly developed not only to be tough enough to effectively remove fouling, but also to retain a degree of flexibility to avoid damage to tube walls, navigate plug headers and other restrictions.

Our in-line inspection tool or “intelligent pig” was developed to overcome difficulties with inspecting certain furnace types.  The design has been amended and improved over the years, as we have learned from our mistakes and reacted to client demand.  We are now preparing to launch our latest version – Mk VI – which will break new records and allow us to expand the market for this quality inspection service.


In order for us to deliver the best service possible, it is important for us to know our equipment inside out and back to front.

In addition to our scraper and inspection pigs, our bespoke double pumping units are developed and manufactured at our Technology Centre in the UK and our Houston facility in the US.

Before we commence manufacturing a new machine the design is reviewed in detail and improvements are made based on site performance and feedback from our Operations Team. Our highly-skilled welders and fabricators work alongside the experienced site operators to ensure that each unit is manufactured to exacting standards.

Our story

Back in 1993, the founding members of the Cokebusters team worked on the first mechanical decoke in Europe.  Keen to find a way to prove the process worked, they began research and development of a new “intelligent pig” in the late 1990s and in May 2000 the first patent application was made.

Having already accrued over a decade of experience in the field, Chairman John Phipps MBE, incorporated Cokebusters Ltd. in April 2005 bringing mechanical decoking and tube inspection together under one roof.  Even today the company is still the only option for Oil Refining clients seeking this combined service. 

Our team of engineers and operators continue to develop innovative solutions which enable us to best serve our clients around the world.  As a result Cokebusters now offers a diverse range of services, extending our reach into new areas of the energy industry.

We are getting better all the time. We’ll continue using our experience and revenue to invest in research and development as we help make the energy industry cleaner and more efficient, develop export performance and create good quality employment opportunities.”
– John Phipps MBE

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