London Branch Joint Meeting with LSM

Institute of Corrosion

London Branch / Young ICorr

Joint Meeting with LMS

12th October 2017

Corrosion Challenges and Considerations for the Design and Installation of 316 Stainless Steel- Clad Subsea Flowlines

Simon Bowcock, CEng, Meng – BP Sunbury


Simon is a Chartered Materials Engineer who graduated from Oxford University in 2010 and has worked across BP’s global operations in Angola, Azerbaijan, Alaska, Houston and the North Sea.


He initially joined BP’s North Sea Integrity Management team which was responsible for 8 North Sea operating assets, before moving on to work in BP’s Global Projects Organisation on the Quad 204 project as a Materials and Corrosion Engineer.


Simon’s is now back with the Global Operations Organisation as the Lead Corrosion Engineer for a Deepwater FPSO located in Angola. He is responsible for identifying the corrosion threats to the asset and ensuring that the associated barriers and assurance activities are carried out in accordance with the corrosion management strategy.


Venue:         Imperial College, Skempton Building, London SW7 2BB

18.00  Doors Open – Networking

18:30  Presentation by Simon Bowcock

21.00  Close


The Young ICorr Group will be holding a social hour with refreshments from 19.30 onwards


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Young Engineers Program (YEP)

Following on from the success of the 2012-13 and 2014-15 young engineers program the Institute of Corrosion will be starting the next event in this series in January 2018.

There will be lectures on the subjects related to Corrosion in Oil and Gas as shown below. [1] [2]

  • Basic corrosion
  • Welding
  • Materials
  • Coatings
  • Painting, fire protection and linings
  • Cathodic protection
  • Chemical treatments
  • Presentation skills

As before the lecture series will be followed by case studies with a presentation given at an event around the London area.

We are currently looking for pre enrolment for these events and we are looking for around 20 participants early in their career in the corrosion industry and who are looking for extra experience to set them up for their future.

The event will be sponsored by BP and held at the CB&I offices in Paddington, London. There is no cost for this course for the delegates and we would like to thank the sponsor and host to allow this.

If you are interested in this event please download the application below Institute of Corrosion 2017 YEP flyer Rev 01  Deadline of application is 30th November 2017.

The address for returning the form is:-

Institute of Corrosion
Barratt House
Suite S3, Kingsthorpe Road


Tel: 01604 438222

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[1] Subject may change due to availability of personnel

[2] Subjects will be focused on the oil and gas industry

[3] This program is open to non members as well as member of ICorr. Those taking part will receive a year’s membership of the Institute as Indiviual members

London Branch

The first meeting of the new season is a joint meeting with LMS on 12 October, and the evening has been handed over to the Young ICorr Group, who have organised a presentation by Simon Bowcock of BP on “Corrosion challenges and considerations for the design and installation of 316 stainless steel-clad subsea flowlines’.

The meeting will be held at the usual venue, Imperial College, Skempton Building, London, with the presentation at 18.30, followed by refreshments and networking between 19.30 and 21.00.

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On 19 October there is a  meeting, organised by the Society of Chemical Industry’s London group, and the Branch entitled “From the Foundations of Electricity to Modern Corrosion Failures “ – see diary page, and advert on page 11.

This free evening event includes two presentations, the first on the historical background of electricity, by Dr F Parrett, and the second on the recent problems of AC Corrosion on pipelines, by Dr David Eyre.

Planning is well underway for the forthcoming 29th Annual Christmas Luncheon which will be held on the 7th December in London at the normal venue, the Royal Overseas League.  Formal advertising and the ability to book tables will take place later in the year.  At this time the London Branch – Luncheon Subcommittee would like to offer companies the opportunity of supporting the event in terms of contributing to the cost of the entertainment and the raffle prizes. All companies who contribute to the cost of the entertainment will receive visual publicity on the day for the duration of the event. If you would like to support this event by providing sponsorship, please email ICorr head office ( indicating the amount, and they will email you an invoice by return. To help with planning, it would be appreciated if you could respond by 31st August.

London Branch March News

London Branch March News

March was the Branch’s AGM, and reports were given by the outgoing chairman, Jim Gynn and the hon treasurer, Mike Allen.  The branch had completed a full and successful meetings programme at their new venue, Imperial College, where they have started to see an increase in attendance with the average up from 30 to 50. The accounts showed a healthy surplus, and funds would be returned to the headquarters account. David Mobbs was elected as the new chairman with George Winning as vice-chair.  Jim also thanked, John O’Shea, Mike Allen, Geoff White, Mash Biaglioli and David Dore, who have all stepped down from the committee, after giving long service to the branch.

After the AGM, Sarah Vasey, the President, gave a presentation about the Institute and its work, which included presentations on an up-date to Corrosion Management, Young ICorr and its aims, and the Route to Chartered Status.

Sarah started with a description of the Institute and how it is made up, including Council, Branches and Divisions, then described the awards, the Quality System, and website. The section on the Council introduced the trustees of the Institute and how they are linked to the larger Council. The members of Council and their roles were then discussed.  The work of the Council involves driving a number of initiatives in which the various Branches have been heavily involved in.  CED was then introduced and the role it plays within the Institute discussed, including a promotion of the upcoming CED day.  It is perhaps not well known that the Institute gives out various awards and the requirements to be a recipient of these were described. Sarah discussed the implementation of the ISO 9001 quality system at Head Office and finally she mentioned the update to the website that is taking place to make it more useful to members.

The editor gave a brief up-date on the new format of Corrosion Management which had been redesign to make it easier to read, and also to include more technical articles and news relevant to the members.   Chris Bridge described the young ICorr initiative, which continues the work started with the Young Engineer program, to promote the Institute to a younger generation. The section is aimed at the 35 and under age group, but not exclusively, and as part of the process there will be events for this group to attend and hopefully branch events can be aimed at the Young ICorr members in the future.  The final subject of the evening was presented by Don Harrop on “The Route to Chartered Status” via the Institute of Corrosion. We are trying to encourage Engineers to get their Chartership through the Institute, and to achieve this, a mentoring program is currently being established with experienced professionals leading them through the process so they can understand the requirements needed to achieve Chartered Status. The program is aimed to go live in September 2017, so potential candidates should put their name forward to,

The evening finished with a lively question and answer session and then the usual London networking session.

The new Branch chair, David Mobbs, welcomes Jim Britton as speaker.

The April meeting featured a presentation by Jim Britton, President and CEO of Deepwater Corrosion Services, on “Some Recent Offshore Cathodic Protection Life Extension Projects – So What’s New”.

Jim has worked in the Offshore Corrosion business since 1973, and for the last 17 years focussed on Asset Integrity and in particular Life Extension.

He described six current offshore projects which were challenging from a technical, and of course a financial perspective with owner operators who are reluctant to spend money on assets that are getting towards the end of their life. These included using using a novel series of anode belts, and utilising a novel clamp arrangement, which did not require welding, and which could be installed using an ROV, to attach new anodes to a concrete weighted pipe associated with platforms in Malaysia, where diver intervention would also be cost prohibitive.

A fully retractable suspended ICCP anode system was designed for a very old FSO in the Irish Sea, which would not be affected by inclement weather, and the largest ICCP retrofit to a single structure in the North Sea, and the first use of a containerised power supply system because of the lack of deck space. Interestingly there were members in the room who were involved in the original design which was to provide corrosion protection for 25 years, and it actually lasted 40 years.

There were a number of takeaways from this excellent presentation, but one of the major points was that whilst there are Codes of Practice for new build, there are no codes for retro- fit projects.