Testing 101: Methods and Strategies for Testing Corrosion in Oil and Gas Pipelines

Jan 31, 2023 | Ideas

It is important to regularly test oil and gas pipelines for corrosion in order to ensure their integrity and prevent leaks or failures. Corrosion is a major concern for oil and gas pipelines, as it can compromise the integrity of the pipeline and lead to leaks or failures. To ensure the integrity of oil and gas pipelines, it is important to regularly test for corrosion and implement measures to prevent or mitigate corrosion. 

While there is a long history of testing for corrosion, the industry has improved upon previous methods for testing the corrosion resistance of oil and gas pipelines, including:

  • Electrochemical testing: This method involves measuring the electrical current flow between a probe and the pipeline material in an electrolyte solution. The rate of corrosion can be determined by measuring the amount of electrical current flow.
  • Coupon testing: This method involves attaching a small piece of the pipeline material (called a coupon) to the pipeline and exposing it to the environment in which the pipeline will be used. The coupon is then removed and analyzed for corrosion.
  • Visual inspection: This method involves visually inspecting the pipeline for signs of corrosion, such as pitting, cracks, or discoloration.
  • Ultrasonic testing: This method involves using ultrasonic waves to inspect the pipeline for signs of corrosion or other damage.
  • Radiographic testing: This method involves using x-rays or gamma rays to inspect the pipeline for signs of corrosion or other damage.
  • Magnetic particle testing: This method involves applying a magnetic field to the pipeline and using magnetic particles to detect areas of corrosion or other damage.

Some strategies for improving the asset integrity of oil and gas pipelines with respect to corrosion include:

  • Use of corrosion-resistant materials: Using materials with a high resistance to corrosion, such as stainless steel or coated carbon steel, can help prevent or delay the onset of corrosion.
  • Corrosion prevention coatings: Applying coatings to the pipeline can provide a physical barrier to protect against corrosion.
  • Cathodic protection: This involves applying an electrical current to the pipeline to prevent corrosion by sacrificing a more easily corroded material (called a sacrificial anode) in place of the pipeline material.
  • Corrosion inhibitors: These are chemicals that can be added to the pipeline to prevent or reduce corrosion.
  • Regular inspection and maintenance: Regularly inspecting and maintaining the pipeline, including cleaning and repairing any areas of corrosion, can help prevent further corrosion and ensure the integrity of the pipeline.

The right technology can save the industry significant amounts of time and money. Technology like Corrolytics can measure and differentiate between Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) and other types of corrosion. Corrolytics’ testing kit is the first that enables corrosion engineers and pipeline operators to select more effective mitigation strategies to prevent damage to their assets, increase safety, and reduce biocide and chemical treatments in their oil and gas operations.

Learn how Corrolytics provides a faster and more accurate MIC testing process. 

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