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UK-based professional membership body, the Energy Institute (EI) has released guidance and training to help oil and gas operators manage the issue of corrosion.

The second edition of the EI’s ‘Guidance for corrosion management in oil and gas production and processing’ has been updated and expanded from its first iteration, published in 2008.

The guidance incorporates case studies and details corrosion mechanisms to help operators with corrosion management.

Attendees at a launch event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference today will hear from oil and gas operators as well as UK regulator Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

EI technical director Martin Maeso MEI said: “When we fill up the car or turn on the gas or lights at home we’re unlikely to think about the significant challenges presented by corrosion to those working to produce the energy we all need.

“Whether it’s producing oil and gas or generating wind power, this industry operates in some of the most challenging conditions – in particular in extreme weathers and deep seas offshore.

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“The EI is proud that this document is turned to by professionals the world over as the de facto standard for managing the impact of corrosion on daily operations and in prolonging the life of assets.”

HSE principal specialist inspector of materials and corrosion Louise Atkin said: “Corrosion presents a serious asset integrity threat to offshore production and processing facilities, and so as a regulator we need to have confidence that good practices are being observed to achieve regulatory compliance.

“The EI’s guidance is a great example of the industry rising to this challenge. It follows a sensible and proportionate approach, ensuring health and safety management of corrosion risks in the energy sector is easier and more effective for everyone involved.”

In addition to the guidance, EI will also launch a new online ‘Corrosion Under Insulation’ learning course, providing competency and foundational knowledge needed for visual inspection of “asset integrity threats.”

Total specialist materials and corrosion engineer Dr David Hillis said: “The EI’s corrosion management guidance is indispensable for oil and gas operators working to protect the environment they work in while getting the most out of their assets.

“Corrosion can cost operators millions of pounds every year, so use of this guidance presents an opportunity to make significant savings and improve profitability for operators.”