Coronavirus – Latest Advice

The Institute of Corrosion is closely monitoring the ongoing situation with respect to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following official UK government guidelines, which advise on how to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Our major priority is the safety and welfare of our members, officers and staff. With that in mind and in line with government guidance, all Institute meetings and events are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of those that can be held online.

Our main office at Corrosion House is operating a reduced service until further notice as our staff work from home in line with government guidelines. Email requests can still be accommodated but we would ask that our members refrain from contacting the office for all but the most urgent requests.

Our training course providers will provide regular updates via their websites.

We appreciate the patience and support of our members in these challenging circumstances.

The Application of bismuth based alloys to address Oilfield challenges” by, Paul Carragher (BiSN), Lance Underwood (BiSN) and Angus MacLeod (BP)

The Application of bismuth based alloys to address Oilfield challenges” by, Paul Carragher (BiSN), Lance Underwood (BiSN) and Angus MacLeod (BP)

Aberdeen Branch

The branch held its 4th event of the 2019/2020 session at its usual venue, RGU, with a presentation on “The Application of bismuth based alloys to address Oilfield challenges” by, Paul Carragher (BiSN), Lance Underwood (BiSN) and Angus MacLeod (BP).

This was a highly successful joint presentation with IOM3 – The Institute of Materials, Metals and Mining, which has recently celebrated its 150 year anniversary. The BiSN speakers discussed in detail their Wel-Lok sealing technology which utilises a unique combination of a thermite powered chemical heater and a bismuth based alloy to deliver an efficient down hole sealing capability, using standard oilfield deployment methods.

The thermite heater provides the energy to melt the bismuth alloy in situ, allowing the heavy liquid alloy to flow by gravity to the desired location. As the bismuth alloy cools, it expands on solidification to provide a seal. Paul Carragher started BiSN in 2010 with the insight to develop new and innovative sealing solutions for the oil & gas industry, and explained the use of bismuth in downhole sealing applications

Lance Underwood, Principal Engineer at BiSN Oil Tools, who has has over 30 years of experience in the industry, then provided further insights into the development of new technologies for plugs for oil wells, covering materials selection, downhole corrosion control and long-term corrosion testing programmes. He illustrated some of the rigorous testing requirements for downhole oilfield tools including bits, mud-motors, turbo-drills, under-reamers, hammers, and laser drilling.

Angus MacLeod (Senior Intervention Engineer with BP), with 22 years Oil and Gas industry experience, then followed this up with some actual case histories from BP operations worldwide, where this technology has been applied offshore, to shut off water production in open-hole gravel pack completions, as well as the work being done to qualify the alloys, as a permanent well abandonment material. In his current role, Angus is responsible for developing new well  technology as part of BP’s Upstream Technology Group, primarily focussed on “Life of Well Surveillance” and “Plug & Abandonment”. The event generated a huge level of interest and many questions were asked, which can be found, together with the answers, on the branch website.

At the close of the meeting, the branch chairman, presented all speakers with a Certificate of Appreciation from the branch.

Full details of future branch events can be found on the diary page of this magazine and on the website, or by contacting: ICorrABZ@gmail.com.

Copies of the majority of past branch presentations can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/icorrabz/resource-center and a photo gallery for these events is at, https://sites.google.com/site/icorrabz/event-gallery

Particular attention is drawn to the 2020 Corrosion Awareness Day to be held on Tuesday 25th  August at, Petrofac Training Centre, Forties Road, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9ET. The day will include several practical demonstrations with teaching, this year themed on fabrication and external corrosion management.  Further Details about this can be obtained from the branch Chair: Stephen Tate, email: Stephen.Tate@external.total.com

Angus MacLeod highlighted the many practical applications for this new Downhole Sealing Technology.

The Aberdeen Chair Stephen Tate, presented all speakers with Certificates of Appreciation.

Local Branch News – Aberdeen Branch

Local Branch News – Aberdeen Branch

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Presidents Visit to ICorr Aberdeen

Presidents Visit to ICorr Aberdeen

The 3rd Technical Meeting of the 2019/2020 Aberdeen Branch Session, was held on 29 October. This was a double header event with Dr Gareth Hinds, the current ICorr President speaking about “Growing the Institute Membership, and the ICorr Awards”, and later on, Matt Streets of RAWWATER: presenting “An understanding of Reservoir Souring and Mitigation”.

Dr Gareth Hinds started his presentation by posing the question: How can the Institute of Corrosion adapt to thrive in a rapidly changing world?  He reminisced that he had first attended an Aberdeen Branch meeting 13 years ago and complimented the branch for being one of the strongest and most active of the regional branches. He went on to say that since then he has learned a lot about what its members can give to the Institute and what they can expect to get from it in return.

He described the history of the Institute and the benefits of Membership, and stated his belief that the more one puts in, the more one will get out of being a member.

Gareth reminded the audience of the history from when ICorr started as the British Association of Corrosion Engineers in 1959 and the many name changes and location changes that it went through up to present day, when the Institute recently purchased its own headquarters building in Northampton.

The President went on to explain the different types of ICorr Membership touching on the plans to change individual membership to “Affiliate” and other planned changes. He also touched on the challenge to get student members to stay, and by empowering younger members, for example to take part in the young engineers programme which has as a prize a free trip to the NACE conference in the USA, and free ICorr and NACE memberships. 

Gareth continued by highlighting key Membership benefits which he stated were networking, career development, visibility and financial rewards. He also gave the audience an update on the situation with the Engineering Council caused by the sudden failure of the Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE) in that the Institute hopes to combine with the Society of Operational Engineers (SOE) to continue to award Chartership (CEng) status through the Engineering Council.

It is expected that a new agreement will proceed next year with SOE and ICorr head office will be in touch with all ICorr chartered engineers affected to confirm this.

He described the brand refresh which will be taking place at the start of next year 2020 when the ICorr website and all paperwork etc. will be revised to make the image of the Institute more modern.  Pictures of rust and corrosion will largely be replaced by pictures of gleaming new infrastructure (of natural metallic colours / alloys) and similar modern metallic hardware. Gareth told how the Institute had undergone digital modernisation and members can now pay their subscription online on the website.

The visiting President said that the Institute of Corrosion was once again looking to influence governing bodies as they had in the 70s, when they had been very influential in getting CAPCIS in Manchester and the National Physical laboratory setup.

Gareth’s most comprehensive presentation was both enlightening and uplifting, showing his clear vision for the future of the Institute of Corrosion under his leadership.

In the second (technical) presentation of the evening Matt Streets of RAWWATER discussed to the large audience how, as all oilfield reservoirs have different souring propensities, operators must view all injector/producer (I/P) pairs as unique in regard to H2S gas production, as well as control and mitigation strategies.

The following and very detailed RAWWATER presentation by Matt Streets described how a predictive oilfield souring model can be used to help forecast if, when, and to what extent, an oilfield will sour.  

He explained how the model describes the cooling of an oilfield due to water-flooding and the subsequent growth of sulphate-reducing microorganisms, resulting in sulphide production at the topsides facilities.

Outputs from the model can be used to inform and influence key operational decisions and have provided huge cost savings for operators through cost-effective material selection and chemical dosing.

Matt’s presentation included a detailed review of the science that was used to produce the model and how the output from it can be used by Oil and Gas operators to plan to minimising costly problems caused by reservoir souring and thereby maximise their operating profits

At the end of his presentation Matt answered questions from the Audience on topics such as where the model input data came from, how critical seawater breakthrough was to the modelling, how many core samples were required to confirm that they had not been contaminated, the viability of injecting alternative food stock to the reservoir and about re-educating Oil and Gas operational personnel after several recent ownership changes. 

At the close of the meeting, the Aberdeen branch chairman, presented both of the speakers with a Certificate of Appreciation from ICorr Aberdeen Branch.

UK ICorr President Dr Gareth Hinds and Matt Streets (of RAWWATER) receive their Certificates of Appreciation

Activities continued afterwards at the Norwood Hall Hotel nearby, with further fruitful discussions on Aberdeen Branch Development, improved HQ integration and many other issues.

The Branch is very grateful to Gareth for making the long journey north and for his great enthusiasm and interest in our Branch Activities.

Full details of all future branch events can be found on the diary page of Corrosion Management Magazine and on the ICorr Website, or on this link:

Copies of the majority of past branch presentations 

Branch photo gallery for these events 

 

Discussions with the New President continued late into the Night at Norwood Hall nearby. Seated Left to Right are: (New Committee Member), Dr Olubayo Latinwo, Hooman Takhtechian, (Internal Secretary), (Event Co-ordinator), Stephen Tate, (2019-2020 Session Chair), UK ICorr President Dr Gareth Hinds, Alistair Seton, (Past Chair / New External Secretary), Zahra Lotfi, (University Liaison and CPD Officer), Mei Ling Cheah, (New Committee Member), Dr. Yunnan Gao, (Immediate Past Chair / New Website Officer).

Local Branch News – Aberdeen Branch

Local Branch News – Aberdeen Branch

The branch opened its 2019-2020 session on 27 August with two linked events on MIC – Microbiologically Induced Corrosion. The well-attended Annual Corrosion Awareness Day (CAD) had a full day teaching programme on MIC risks, mitigations, modelling and bacterial analysis, complimented by an evening visit the following week, to NCIMB Laboratories in Bucksburn and the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria.

The CAD event featured some excellent talks by Dr Carol Devine (ICR), Drs Laura Tiano and Lone Tang (Danish Technological Institute), Mabel Ntim (Shell), and Drs Ian Laing, Daniel Sandana and Mr Steven Loftus (CAD Co-ordinator), from key Sponsor ROSEN.

Microbiologically influenced corrosion can have a major impact on operators’ CAPEX and OPEX and cause severe environmental damage. A key aim of the CAD workshop was therefore to improve understanding of complex MIC processes, detection of microbiological activity in pipeline systems and management of MIC in the pipeline industry in particular, which has seen many pipelines lost due to internal corrosion in the North Sea sector.

Many analytical techniques were discussed in detail, including qPCR analysis (amplification and quantification of bacterial DNA), traditional culture-based MPN (most probable number), NGS, (next-generation sequencing which has revolutionised biological sciences), Metagenomics (the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples), along with pipeline in-line inspection tools, (deploying a wide range of NDT methods), internal cleaning, chemical treatment and MIC modelling tools for corrosion rate determination.

A lively discussion followed with many valuable viewpoints expressed and with great inputs from the four participating Microbiologists.

The need for an integrated approach to microbial monitoring combining data from multiple techniques, together with taking a fully holistic approach to pipeline integrity management was emphasized to all CAD delegates.

Dr Carol Devine opened the Teaching Programme with a fascinating insight into her career as a Microbiologist entitled “My Life in MIC”.

Dr Carol Devine opened the Teaching Programme with a fascinating insight into her career as a Microbiologist entitled “My Life in MIC”.

Dr Laura Tiano (Danish Technological Institute) discusses bacterial sampling options.

Dr Laura Tiano (Danish Technological Institute) discusses bacterial sampling options.

Dr Ian Laing, Principal Corrosion Engineer of ROSEN discussed MIC modelling / MIC management, and the vast range of specialist tools available for cleaning and intelligent pigging.

Dr Ian Laing, Principal Corrosion Engineer of ROSEN discussed MIC modelling / MIC management, and the vast range of specialist tools available for cleaning and intelligent pigging.

The NCIMB visit on 3rd September built on the previous discussions, with a most informative evening led by Dr Daniel Swan, who was previously Head of Platforms and Pipelines, (now the Genomics Pipelines Group) at the Earlham Institute in Norwich, (formerly The Genome Analysis Centre – TGAC).

NCIMB have 68 years’ experience of preserving, storing, distributing, analysing and exploiting micro-organisms, and are the only privately owned, publicly viewable collection of bacteria in the UK.

A very comprehensive tour of the NCIMB Laboratories followed Daniel’s presentation and recommendations for effective bacterial monitoring strategies, with everyone kitted out in protective clothing to view a wide range of practical demonstrations of bacterial sampling. archiving 
and determination.

A peek inside the National Collection of Industrial Food and Marine Bacteria vault: with Samantha Law (Culture Collection Curator).

A peek inside the National Collection of Industrial Food and Marine Bacteria vault: with Samantha Law (Culture Collection Curator).

This most interesting industrial visit to NCIMB, (the first of two in the 2019-2020 programme), generated many questions, so many in fact the event overran by nearly 90 minutes!
At the close of both meetings, the new Aberdeen Chair, Mr Stephen Tate presented all speakers and organisers with Certificates of Appreciation.

Full details of future Aberdeen events can be found on the diary page of the magazine and on the website, or by contacting: ICorrABZ@gmail.com, and all past branch presentations can be found on: https://sites.google.com/site/icorrabz/resource-center

Aberdeen Branch – 3 New Committee Members

The Aberdeen ICorr Branch is very pleased to announce the addition of 3 New Members to its Committee:

  • Jonathan Segynola, MSc, Senior Integrity Engineer – Offshore West Africa, (CNR International UK Ltd, Aberdeen).
  • Mei Ling Cheah, MSc, Corrosion Engineer, (LR – Lloyd’s Register, Aberdeen).
  • Dr Olubayo Latinwo, Corrosion Engineer, (Fairfield Energy Ltd, Aberdeen).

Their combined experience will help strengthen the Aberdeen Technical Programme and its contacts with Local Industries.

We wish them every success in their Terms of Office.

This celebration follows a very successful year for Aberdeen in 2018/2019 Session, with a very well-attended Technical Programme and Summer CAD Event.