Mohammed, Tarik
September 2010
Petroleum & Coal;2010, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p215
Academic Journal
Steel pipelines and process equipment used in oil fields are subject to corrosion-erosion effects. Assessing and reducing these degenerative processes have important implications for oil field safety and productivity. This paper presents the results of an investigation of the corrosion rates in the oil well flow lines of an oilfield in the North African desert and factors that inhibit corrosion. The paper presents data gathered from corrosion coupons and ultrasonic measurements over a three-year period (1994-1996) to show that the corrosion rates are significantly influenced by variables such as total production, water cut, and the volume of associated gas. This is followed by a discussion of the factors that inhibit corrosion. The paper concludes with recommendations for the minimization of corrosion.


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