Aramco organises Internal Corrosion Forum, addresses a $2.5tn global problem

Aramco organises Internal Corrosion Forum, addresses a $2.5tn global problem
Published: 14 October 2019 - 5 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
Internal corrosion in pipelines is one of the most significant challenges facing Saudi Aramco on a daily basis, more than 200 attendees from Saudi Aramco organisations were told recently at a forum and exhibition.

Mohammad A Al Hatlani, general manager of pipelines, Saudi Aramco, opened the Internal Corrosion Forum, noting the cost of corrosion globally is approximately $2.5tn. Saudi Aramco, Al Hatlani added, recognises that effective corrosion management — in conjunction with other ongoing non-metallic materials development, deployment of new technologies, as well as the best practices in inspection, detection, correction, and prevention — can significantly reduce such risks and costs.

Al Hatlani said the forum provided an opportunity to enrich knowledge and exchange ideas and the best practices with a variety of organisations and subject matter experts — both within Saudi Aramco and externally.

I have seen an increase in participation in these types of events across different organisations. We can see the high level of interest among all of the participants,” said Al Hatlani. A series of presentations explored in detail some of the most pressing areas of pipeline integrity.

Effective management of corrosion is critical to the health of the oil and gas industry. According to the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the total annual cost of corrosion in the oil and gas production industry is estimated to be $1,372mn — including $589mn in surface pipeline and facility costs, $463mn annually in downhole tubing expenses, and another $320mn in capital expenditures related to corrosion.

A number of presentations were given on key topics, including: (i) Top of the Line Corrosion (TLC) Probabilistic Risk Analysis for Wet Sour Subsea Pipelines by Faisal Al Abbas; (ii) The Deployment of a Wireless Capable Robot for Internal Field Girth Weld Visual Inspection by Aziz U Rehman, Ahmed F Al-Rashidi, and Isa H Al-Mudaibegh; (iii) An Overview of Saudi Aramco’s Internal Corrosion Strategy by Alaa K Mahmoud; (iv) Asset Integrity Management of Internally Corroded Piping by Ali Qurban of the Northern Area Pipelines Department; (v) Internal Corrosion Mitigation by Using Non-metallic Materials at Wash Water Line System by Turki M Al-Abeedi of the North Ghawar Producing Department; and (vi) Pipelines Chemical Treatment by Ibrahim Hassan.

Praising the forum’s ability to effectively engage participants, Al Hatlani highlighted the importance of the event. “It really focuses on one of the most important aspects of our business, which is pipeline integrity. We really pay a lot of attention to that because it is essential for safe, reliable, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective operations,” Al Hatlani said.

Al Hatlani added that internal corrosion mitigation is a key factor in pipeline integrity specifically, and the company’s integrity programmes in general. He further added that interaction and engagement on the topic would continue beyond the event itself.

“We will get feedback from the participants so that we can improve the forum. Also, we will summarise the content and the issues we have discussed and the solutions proposed,” Al Hatlani added.

Pipelines, Distribution, and Terminals (PD&T) is playing a very important role because we cover everything across the kingdom and all of the way to the terminals where we distribute the company’s products to the rest of the world,” Al Hatlani said.

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