A letter to ICorr Members from the President of CEOCOR

Brian Wyatt Presiden CEOCOR Welcoming the Delegates

Many of you know that in May 2018 CEOCOR held its Annual Congress in Stratford upon Avon. A significant number of those in ICorr with interests in buried pipelines, their internal and external corrosion mitigation, coatings and cathodic protection attended the Congress. This was the first time in the 62 years since the formation of CEOCOR that the Congress had been held in the UK. Those of you who may wish to know about the history of CEOCOR are encouraged to visit the CEOCOR web site  http://ceocor.lu and in ‘Bibliography’ and read the ’50 years of CEOCOR.

ICorr and Correx Ltd were responsible for organising the venue, the Exhibition and the Social programme for both delegates and partners. CEOCOR were responsible for the Technical programme. All the bookings were administered by the ICorr/Correx Ltd Office staff. An organising committee chaired by Steve Barke and comprising Sarah Vasey (President), John Fletcher (Immediate Past President), Ross Fielding (Midlands Branch), Brian Goldie (Editor, Corrosion Management) and Brian Wyatt (ICorr and CEOCOR) were responsible for the planning and operation of the Congress. Linda Wyatt was responsible for the Partners’ Programme and two of her ex work colleagues assisted with the registrations and enquires throughout the Congress. I thank them all for their tireless work over many months. There was a dedicated web site for which thanks go to Debbie Hardwick at SquareOne; our President opened the Congress, John Fletcher and Steve Barke were there all the time working to keep it all running smoothly. Thanks are also due to ICorr Council for their support from when this was just an idea and one that might have cost ICorr a lot of money.

Sarah Vasey ICorr President open CEOCOR Congress

The Technical Programme was managed by the CEOCOR Secretary General Rene’ Gregoor from Belgium and the two Presidents of Commissions within CEOCOR, Markus Büchler from Switzerland and Tom Levy from Luxembourg. Key Note Speakers were organised by ICorr.  Again, sincere thanks are due to all concerned.

 Technical Programme

The meeting was opened by Darren Thomas, Asset Engineering Manager of National Grid, who were also the Platinum Sponsors for the Congress. This was an interesting overview of the UK gas transmission pipeline assets, its management and the future challenges within the energy market of the UK. Darren also committed National Grid to the ICorr Training and Certification Scheme for Cathodic Protection Personnel. During the next 2 days there were a further three Key Note Speakers; Peter Elliott (Corrosion & Materials Consultancy Inc.) with an entertaining general paper on pipeline corrosion, Phillip Clisham (GHD) with a very informative paper on the UK water industry pipeline assets and the financial and political constraints for their management and Roger Francis (RF Materials) with a typically comprehensive paper on materials selection for pumps and the need for corrosion engineering expertise at the start of projects, not in the expensive ‘fix it when wrong’ stage.

There were a further 29 technical papers covering topics including:

  • Pipeline coatings
  • Pipeline cathodic protection criteria
  • Pipeline cathodic protection measurement techniques
  • Innovative pipeline inspection systems
  • Innovative coating assessment systems
  • Corrosion in drinking water systems
  • Issues with casings and isolating joints
  • DC and AC Interaction to pipelines and structures


Darren Thomas, asset Engineering Manager, National Grid  Opening Address                 

My assessment was that the quality of the papers was, as is always the case with CEOCOR, first rate and that the delivery of them was excellent. Attendees were presented with these in hard copy and electronic formats. They are not available to non CEOCOR Members for 12 months (join for this benefit; it is only Euro 150) but next year they will be publicly available on the CEOCOR website.

Before and after the 2 day Technical Paper sessions were the Work Group meetings. These deal with technical issues of interest to the members; most of the European Standards related to cathodic protection of buried pipelines have been developed as pre-standards within these Work Groups. Their completed documents are on the CEOCOR web site. Current work includes CP criteria, reference electrodes, internal corrosion, casings and OFF potential measurements. Members and non members are welcome to participate, there are typically 2 or 3 meetings per year with electronic working between times.

Peter Elliot, FIM and Past Chairman of ICorr delivering Plenary Lecture

Sponsors and Exhibition

The Platinum Sponsor was National Grid. There were 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 5 Bronze Sponsors who also exhibited, there were 4 Exhibitors and a number of Companies also sponsored other elements. All told there were 23 Exhibitors, a record for CEOCOR. One or two thought that they did not have sufficient space, but CEOCOR has always held small table top exhibitions. My thanks go to all of the Sponsors and Exhibitors, without whose support the Congress would not have been possible. Those that I have spoken to directly have all said that this was a success for them. This was not like one of the larger trade ‘shows’; it was an opportunity to display and talk to some of the most senior technical authorities in buried pipeline corrosion in Europe. 100% of the footfall was high quality.

Exhibitors from Steffell Germany 

Social and General

Although the prime reason for attendance was work we also had a great time. We had a fantastic Gala Dinner with hilarious entertainment from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and some attendees who were prepared to enter into the spirit of Shakespeare and corrosion engineers! The BBQ, hog roast and Jazz trio was a fantastic networking opportunity. The Partners enjoyed visits all around Stratford and a private tour of Ragley Hall.

In total we had over 150 participants; again a record for CEOCOR. But we measure success by the quality and not the quantity; it was a great success. Those of you who were unable to come missed something really special; those of you who were unable to persuade your companies to Exhibit now know how wrong they were … but we had no more room!

CEOCOR Attendants

What Next

I hope for more UK individual and corporate members of CEOCOR. The next Congress is in Copenhagen; see http://www.ceocor2019.com I know that the organising team of Lars Nielsen and Thomas Larsen will be striving to do even better than we managed to do; they are a good team and it is a good venue …. But they will have to work very hard to do better than 2018!

The Team for CEOCOR 2019 Copenhagen

Hydrocarbon Fire Protection and Fire Engineering -YEP June Meeting

Hydrocarbon Fire Protection and Fire Engineering

By, Philip Hollyman MSc AIFireE MSFPE

Young Engineer Program June meeting was opened by George Winning  with a brief discussion on the Case Study which was delivered to the delegates last month with an update on the programme and the mentors.

Hydrocarbon Fire Protection is a complex; important topics that a young Engineer needs to focus on;

  • Passive Fire Protection
    • What is fire protection and why is it needed
    • Fire types
    • How PFP coatings are tested
    • Factors affecting the loading
  • Structural Fire Design
    • What is it and how does it provide cost and weight savings
    • Magic numbers and real project examples
  • Further Information
    • What information is available
    • Who are the governing bodies
    • Where do I find information

There was some good interaction from the floor with discussion on how Engineers could approach Fire Protection to meet the current project requirements to save weight and costs.

The evening closed with a networking dinner hosted by the Institute of Corrosion and AkzoNobel.

Our thanks as always goes to those who give up their free time to come and assist with the YEP programme and in particular Philip Hollyman from AkzoNobel.

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·      Key technologies

·       Application methods and challenges

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There will also be an open forum for discussion and questions.

We look forward to seeing you there on the 1st of August from 6.00pm for snacks and great networking opportunities followed by the presentation at 6.30pm.

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Coatings & Linings and Introduction of Case Study By David Mobbs and Richard Carroll

Coatings and Linings

The May meeting of the Young Engineers program was held at the CB&I offices in London. This month the topic was Coatings and Linings which was presented by David Mobbs and was warmly received by the enthusiastic audience.  The presentation covered the high priority areas of coating including the requirement to qualify products to standards, the standards and what they mean, the testing methods required to achieve this qualification, some typical specifications and the pitfalls and Engineer can fall into. The new ISO 12944-9 formed the backbone of the discussion as it now covers all aspects of coating specification and system selection.

The discussion also looked at modern day options that could be adopted and how innovative ideas are also qualified in the new ISO standard and the requirements for their use.

The Case Study

Prior to the presentation the case study for the program was presented to the delegates. The case study was presented by Richard Carroll of Shell and he highlighted the importance of working together in the teams to deliver the required information as detailed in the document.

Each team will be giving a presentation to be delivered at the November ICorr London branch meeting, the winning team receiving a sponsored trip to NACE Nashville in 2019.

This year the case study is titled “Offshore Heat Exchanger Corrosion Failure” the delegates will be required to;

  • Review the design and operating data and propose a root cause
  • Define the failure scenarios
  • Describe a testing scope to confirm the root cause
  • Perform a corrosion risk assessment
  • Identify mitigation options to prolong the service life of the heat exchanger
  • Design materials for a replacement heat exchanger

We are extremely grateful to all those members of the Institute that give up their free time to help the cause not least the mentors this year, who are;

John Boran

Rob Doggett

Chris Googan

The teams will meet their mentors in the coming weeks and get going on the case study, a linked in page and drop box have been set up for the teams to help them with this process.

The delegates enjoyed an excellent meal on a canal boat in Paddington after the presentation, hosted by ICorr. A thoroughly recommended experience that all enjoyed.

The next YEP meeting will be on 20th June at CB&I in Paddington and the topic will be Hydrocarbon Fire Protection

Again, we would like to thank our Hosts CB&I especially Sadegh Parvizi for organising the venue, our sponsors BP and our speakers, organising committee and delegates who are travelling from Leeds and Newcastle to attend the event each month.

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YEP News – MAY17 – Coatings and Linings (2)

Subsea Inspection – The Future by George Gair of Subsea 7 and Integrity Management of Brownfield Projects: Challenges and Rewards by Monzar Najami – Principal Inspection Engineer of Oceaneering International

George Gair of Subsea 7, commenced the evening session with a thought provoking theme ‘Subsea Inspection – The Future’ that considered many aspects of the current cost reduction environment, where there is a major focus now on how to reduce costs by incorporating new philosophies / technologies.

George Gair – Global Inspection Manager for Subsea 7 presenting to ICorr ABZ

Very clearly the drive is to produce new and robust methods of harvesting sensor data; subsea hardware suppliers are looking at increased in-suite equipment monitoring and intervention methods; the oceanographic community has developed remote seabed environmental monitoring systems. George highlighted many significant indicators that show a definite trend towards smarter systems, a key driver being to learn and incorporate inspection technologies from other industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and Power Generation, together with more efficient use of gathered data.

Significant Integrity Failure found by Advanced Subsea 7 ROV.

Monzar Najami and Hooman Takhtechian of Oceaneering International followed on with a similarly stimulating discussion on the theme of, ‘Integrity Management of Brownfield Projects: Challenges and Rewards’ highlighting the many important analysis and data gathering areas of modern RBI – Risk Based Inspection methodologies

Monzar Najami – Principal Inspection Engineer of Oceaneering International

The presenters informed the large audience, that the greatest challenge to developing and implementing an asset integrity program during Brownfield development projects is the fact that project schedule and milestones often take primacy over integrity management processes, and in particular emerging vital integrity related interventions which can lead to conflict and disagreement.  Any delays in the implementation of these activities impede the Integrity Management Programme (IMP) and increase the level of risk to the facilities in the operating stage.

Key stages in an IMP project were highlighted as:

  1. Identify stakeholders early in the project (project team, operations, planners, site personnel)
  2. Define strategies and processes and add activities to the construction plan (integrated project activity approach)
  3. Analyze historical data (collect the available list of failures, anomalies and review root cause analysis)
  4. Material fitness for new process (review threats assessment and existing material suitability)
  5. Baseline inspections: Get in early (define scope and input your inspection requirements in the manufacturer’s ITP)
  6. Brownfield revamp activities: Scrutinize output (repair recommendations were challenged and resulted in major cost saving, and change in material selection)
  7. Tagging and RBA output alignment with the existing CMMS (understand the existing Computerized Maintenance Management System prior to your RBA to avoid major re-work)
  8. Deployment of new and advanced inspection technologies (to achieve major cost savings)

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Aberdeen Newsletter – April 2018 Meeting