Oil and gas cor­ro­sion to be Ade­laide con­fer­ence fo­cus

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CORROSION CONTROL -

Oil and gas com­pa­nies in­vest large sums of money in the de­sign, con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of pipe­lines, pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties and sup­port in­fra­struc­ture. Cor­ro­sion will af­fect this at vary­ing rates over time, depend­ing on the ma­te­rial used, the types of cor­ro­sive agents in the en­vi­ron­ment and the phys­i­cal pro­cesses and mech­a­nisms in­volved. The eco­nomic im­pact of cor­ro­sion and it’s degra­da­tion of ma­te­ri­als rep­re­sents an an­nual cost of many mil­lions of dol­lars to the in­dus­try. In or­der to pro­mote a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of cor­ro­sion, the Aus­tralasian Cor­ro­sion As­so­ci­a­tion (ACA) will host the Cor­ro­sion and Preven­tion 2015 (C&P2015) Con­fer­ence that al­lows all in­dus­try stake­hold­ers to meet and dis­cuss a wide range of top­ics re­lat­ing to cor­ro­sion and its preven­tion or mit­i­ga­tion. This year, the ACA will be high­light­ing the im­por­tance to the oil and gas in­dus­try with tech­ni­cal pa­pers from a cross-sec­tion of the in­dus­try high­light­ing how costly cor­ro­sion can be for the sec­tor. A fo­cus of this will be the ACA Petroleum Chem­i­cals and Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries Tech­ni­cal Group’s an­nual fo­rum, dis­cussing ‘Cor­ro­sion Un­der In­su­la­tion’.

C& P2015 will be held in Ade­laide 15 – 18 Novem­ber. The con­fer­ence brings to­gether in­dus­try ex­perts, aca­demics and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions. Sem­i­nars and tech­ni­cal pa­pers will cover struc­tural risk assess­ments and case stud­ies of spe­cific strate­gies for as­set main­te­nance, in ad­di­tion to pre­sen­ta­tions on the vary­ing types of in­spec­tion tech­nique. They will also pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore best prac­tice in cor­ro­sion man­age­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion tech­niques, public safety and eco­nom­ics.

A panel of in­dus­try ex­perts has been as­sem­bled by the ACA to dis­cuss the chal­lenges and the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture. Mem­bers of the panel will come from a range of in­dus­try sec­tors, in­clud­ing wa­ter treat­ment, oil and gas, en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy, con­tract­ing and lo­gis­tics. At­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and de­bate the latest tech­niques and prac­tices with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of wa­ter and port author­i­ties, ma­jor na­tional con­sult­ing com­pa­nies, sup­pli­ers and com­pa­nies in­clud­ing San­tos and Chevron.

Also dur­ing the con­fer­ence, the ACA is host­ing an In­tro­duc­tion to Cor­ro­sion seminar ( Tues 17 Nov). This has been de­signed for both ex­pe­ri­enced engi­neers and those new to the in­dus­try want­ing to learn about, or re­fresh their knowl­edge of, me­tal­lic cor­ro­sion and the means to con­trol it. The ses­sions will cover the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of many types of me­tal­lic cor­ro­sion and the meth­ods to con­trol them. Other top­ics in­clude the process of gal­vani­sa­tion and the pro­tec­tion it pro­vides to a ma­te­rial; de­sign­ing and plan­ning to min­imise cor­ro­sion, the latest ad­vances in both pro­tec­tive coat­ings and ca­thodic pro­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy.

C& P2015 will also high­light the im­por­tance of cor­ro­sion preven­tion for As­set Man­age­ment in terms of de­sign, op­er­a­tion and re­pair. As­set and fa­cil­ity man­age­ment and main­te­nance pro­fes­sion­als will ben­e­fit from op­por­tu­ni­ties to hear pre­sen­ta­tions by, and speak with, cor­ro­sion spe­cial­ists from a num­ber of dis­ci­plines.

The key­note ad­dress of ev­ery C& P Con­fer­ence since 1951 has been the P F Thom­son Me­mo­rial Lec­ture. This year it will be de­liv­ered by Dr Robert Fran­cis cov­er­ing the latest re­search into gal­vanic cor­ro­sion. The lec­ture is named in hon­our of Per­ci­val Fara­day Thom­son, who is recog­nised as Aus­trala­sia’s pi­o­neer in the science and tech­nol­ogy of me­tal­lic cor­ro­sion and its mit­i­ga­tion through the first half of the 20th Cen­tury.

The con­cur­rent trade ex­hi­bi­tion is an ad­junct to the tech­ni­cal pro­gram and will al­low at­ten­dees to see the latest equip­ment and prod­ucts avail­able to the in­dus­try and so­cial events pro­vide net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for spon­sors, ex­hibitors and at­ten­dees.

The ACA was formed in 1955 and rep­re­sents com­pa­nies, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the fight against cor­ro­sion and pro­motes co­op­er­a­tion be­tween aca­demic, in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies. The in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion is a not-for-profit, mem­ber­ship as­so­ci­a­tion which pro­vides train­ing, sem­i­nars, con­fer­ences, publi­ca­tions and other ac­tiv­i­ties to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion about cor­ro­sion and its preven­tion or con­trol.

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