Corrosion in Oil & Gas Production

Corrosion in Oil and Gas Industry, Nuclear Environment And Its Mitigation

According to NACE, The total annual cost of corrosion in the Oil and Gas Production Industry is estimated to be $1.372 billion, broken down into $589 million in surface pipeline and facility costs, $463 million annually in downhole tubing expenses, and another $320 million in capital expenditures related to corrosion.

The deterioration of a metal or its properties-attacks every component at every stage in the life of every oil and gas field. From casing string to production platforms, from drilling through to abandonment, corrosion is an adversary worthy of all the high technology and research we can throw at it.

Nuclear power plants have suffered various failures through corrosion since the 1970s, costing the industry billions of euros. By design, supposedly highly corrosion resistant alloys have been used, such as Ni-based alloys, stainless steels and Zr alloys. However, the field is rich with examples of corrosion failures of these alloys.

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This massive cost to the sector can be minimized through a combination of effective corrosion management programs and by working with such testing experts as Element to:

  • Statutory or Corporate compliance with Safety, Health and Environmental policies
  • Reduction in leaks
  • Increased plant availability
  • Reduction in unplanned maintenance
  • Reduction in deferment costs

University Labs And Research Institutes

Scientists focusing on the oil & gas and steel industries are often interested in the corrosive effects of H2S and CO2 on carbon steels. They are using HIC testing, constant-load instruments, four-point bending frames and SSRT instruments, as well as autoclaves and re-circulation loops for this purpose. Controlled-flow instruments including rotating electrodes, jet-impingement instruments and high-speed loops are used to study flow-assisted corrosion and inhibitor performance.

University labs and research institutes use a wide range of Cormet testing equipment to provide corrosion testing for their clients. These customers often undertake the most sophisticated and advanced testing, which means that customising the testing equipment plays a key role. University labs and research institutes serve clients from a wide variety of different industries.

Nuclear Power Plant

The average age of existing nuclear power plants (NPPs) is constantly increasing while the number of new NPP constructions is still limited. In this circumstance, maintaining safety and performance of these ageing NPPs by effectively managing ageing degradations within an acceptable level becomes more and more important for Member States. Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) is one of the significant ageing degradations for major components of both pressurized water reactors (PWRs) and boiling water reactors (BWRs) and is still an important technical issue.

Nuclear materials can experience many forms of corrosion. However, over the years, the nuclear industry has developed techniques to mitigate or minimize the consequences of all the various types of corrosion. During the last decade, the most relevant phenomena affecting the plant availability and the plant lifetime management include various forms of SCC (PWSCC, IASCCS and IGSCC) on the one hand and FAC on the other.


CORMET’s platform of India located, ADVANCETECH, testing laboratories have the right technical expertise, capabilities and accreditation to support the Oil & gas sector and Nuclear environments to help solve this immense corrosion challenge.

Our platform, backed by our CORMET team of internationally renowned, provides an extensive range of sour and sweet corrosion services and environmental simulations

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