Corrosion Will Occur, Whether You Like It or Not
There are certain things in life that will happen, whether we like it or not. As I write this introduction it is early September in Texas and it still feels like summer—triple-digit hot. That is just the way it is, whether I like it or not, and to be perfectly honest, I don't. Obviously I could move to a place with a more moderate climate, but instead I rely on air conditioning whenever the weather forecast tells me that it is going to be hot.
In our professional lives as engineers working on oil and gas facilities, there are definite parallels: things that tend to happen whether we like it or not. An example is the corrosion of metal surfaces. We need surveys to find out what kind of corrosion rates we can expect (the equivalent of the weather forecast), and then, if necessary, take mitigating actions, whether through material selection or the use of corrosion inhibitors and biocides (the equivalent of the air conditioning). Obviously, we try to work on different types of facilities, but just as we always have to deal with the weather, so, too, do we have to deal with corrosion.
This is why I selected four papers on corrosion. One deals with a survey (more specifically, a water survey for effective souring and corrosion management in a production/injection plant) and two deal with testing the effectiveness of mitigating actions (the use of HDPE liners and various biocides). The latter goes back to surveying, but focuses on how to evaluate the information obtained through machine learning—a very appropriate topic in this day and age when we work with big data.
I encourage you to read one or more of these papers to better understand the various aspects associated with corrosion.
Because corrosion is one of those things that will happen, whether you like it or not.
Gerald Verbeek, Verbeek Management Services, has served as the Oil and Gas Facilities’ technical paper editor since 2013. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Savvy Separator: A Century of Carry-Over—0.1 gal/MMscf
For as long as anyone can remember, the liquid carry-over separation efficiency of 0.1 gal/MMscf has been ubiquitously specified in separator design. This article provides the most likely scenario of its evolution.
Global LNG Industry Faces Shutdowns Following Six Years of Continued Growth
New LNG capacity in 2019 kept pace with higher trading volumes and supply/demand growth. Key questions and barriers still remain for the future of the LNG industry in 2020.
Petrofac to provide maintenance and metering for BP
The two companies worked together in 2019 to improve execution techniques where Petrofac digitalized maintenance and inspection activity.
Don't miss out on the latest technology delivered to your email every two weeks. Sign up for the OGF newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
20 May 2020
20 May 2020