Fleming.'s 6th Annual Plantshutdown and Turnaround will be focusing on meticulous planning of shutdown and turnaround operations. The event is about managing aging assets & optimal replacement, life assessment of process plant and estimation of degradation over working period.
Interview with Dr. Robert H. Heidersbach, Jr.
Read our interview with Dr. Robert H. Heidersbach, Jr., President of Dr. Rust, Inc, Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1) Which anti-corrosion technologies will be most useful in the future?
They will remain protective coatings, cathodic protection, and material selection, especially alloy selection. All three have been used for decades, but the use of corrosion resistant alloys will increase, as the oil and gas industry goes to greater depths, where higher temperatures and more aggressive environments can be found. Protective coatings are used on top side equipment, and it's a mature technology. These coatings aren't likely to change in major ways.
2) How is the oil price crisis impacting corrosion control in the O&G industry?
The tendency for management is to cut back on expenditures, so corrosion control becomes more important and is less likely to be adequately funded. However, this is not a proper way to save budget, because every time that savings on major maintenance are made, you're likely to encounter corrosion problems in the future. Corrosion control budgets have to be maintained and budget cuts are to be made somewhere else, or you'll end up spending more money than what you saved.
3) What's the biggest mistake Corrosion specialists usually make?
Corrosion specialists frequently do not understand the difference between inspection and corrosion monitoring. Corrosion monitoring is not a substitute for inspection. This will be one of the case-studies addressed in the training: one of the largest oil corporations went into serious trouble because of this misunderstanding. Corrosion monitoring determines how aggressive the corrosive environment may be. Unfortunately, corrosion monitoring cannot determine where the most corrosion-susceptible location in a complicated system will be. Because of this, the greatest corrosion, which is usually localized, can not be identified by corrosion monitoring.
4) Tell me something about the most interesting or challenging project you've ever worked on.
One of the critical problems in any system, is fasteners. High strength bolts are certainly the key to successful operations. In recent years, I worked on whether or not high-strength fasteners can be galvanized for corrosion control. The question is whether or not the application of galvanizing can cause hydrogenic embrittlement to the high-strength fasteners sometimes used in construction and in Oil & Gas production. We were able to test high-strength bolts and find that the galvanizing process did not cause hydrogen embrittlement in this application. The British are working on a similar problem in a tall building in London at the present time, and the international community is still trying to determine the strength limits within which galvanizing can be used.
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Certified Strategic Supply Chain Manager (SSCM)
Certified event designed for senior managers from general businesses and strategic management of product supply and development. Learn principles of supply chain strategy, effective management of the whole chain, how to track performance and learn about trends like "lean" and green supply chain.
11th Annual HSE Excellence Europe
We link business, leadership, HSE and environmental topics in a mixture of theoretical keynotes, practical examples, case studies and motivational speeches. Whether you are interested in speaking, attending or sponsoring, you will gain valuable insights and contacts.
Certified Mini - MBA Strategic Operations Business Executive (SOBE)™
The Mini-MBA Strategic Operations Business Executive (SOBE) is equivalent to an MBA level course taught at American Universities and modified to provide participants with the most up-to-date tools. Successful completion of the course makes you a Certified Strategic Operations Business Executive.
The ultimate guide to attending a conference (and making the most of it)
Are you also excited about the imminent end of summer, fewer hours of sunshine and increased workload ahead? Let's not kid ourselves; we are definitely going to miss the lazy days of summer and a more carefree atmosphere at work.
Interview with our ILI trainers Dr Michael Beller (Rosen) and Dr Konrad Reber (Innospection Germany GmbH)
Are you looking for an Introduction to the In-Line Inspection of Pipelines course planned in Vienna, October 2016? We’ve got you covered.
Exclusive pre-training interview
Gerrit Wigger shares his view on gas processing and the future of oil & gas industry.