The Importance of Corrosion Inhibitors for Oil & Gas

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In oil and gas production, there are a number of factors that can constantly threaten production, with corrosion considered one of the most substantial infrastructure challenges. Oil and gas production hinges on the integrity of the equipment and the ability to maintain processes while limiting downtime and production loss, making corrosion inhibitors an important component of effective operations. There are many types of corrosion inhibitors available and often, formulations are customized to the production environment, in order to properly address the specific risk factors for corrosion.

WHAT CAUSES CORROSION IN OIL AND GAS?

There are numerous causes of corrosion of the metals used in oil and gas production, from wells and pipelines to surface equipment. As drilling progresses, naturally occurring salt water or acid gasses can react with the steel and produce corrosive byproducts. Bacteria is another contaminant that can cause damage to production equipment, creating pitting on the surface of the metal. Additionally some of the chemicals and acids used in the drilling and excavating process can have reactions whose byproduct is corrosion, weakening the equipment and causing costly downtime. In each of these instances, corrosion inhibitors can be used during the production process to ward off these adverse reactions.

WHAT ARE CORROSION INHIBITORS?

Not an exclusive issue to oil and gas production, corrosion can exist in any environment. From vehicles to tools to machinery, gutters and more, corrosion is the result of the aging of metals. A threat to the infrastructure of many industries, corrosion, along with erosion and abrasion can present a constant danger if not properly addressed and mitigated. While it is not possible to eliminate the possibility of corrosion occurring due to various metals and gasses interacting with one another, corrosion inhibitors are specific chemical substances that can reduce, slow, or prevent the corrosion of metal in a number of industrial settings. These are typically added in small amounts to a liquid or gas to provide protection from corrosion.

WHY ARE CORROSION INHIBITORS USED IN OIL & GAS?

In the oil and gas industry, corrosion presents a threat to the parts and machinery used during excavation and production, causing costly downtime when equipment must be taken out of production for servicing. When introduced into a drilling or production environment, corrosion inhibitors create a protective coating on the equipment surface, protecting both equipment and pipelines from degradation due to corrosion and bacteria. Typically water soluble or water dispersible, corrosion inhibitors provide environmentally advanced formulations addressing every phase of well-site operations. Using a combination of historical and analytical data for your production site, specific formulations are recommended to improve oil, gas, and water quality, creating solutions to protect the assets used to produce oil and gas.

WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CORROSION INHIBITOR IN THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY?

Corrosion inhibitors are made of a chemical mixture of organic and inorganic compounds with both primary and secondary components that target the cause of corrosion at your specific site. While many include amines or amine salts, ammonium chlorides, phosphate esters and as well as emulsion preventers, defoamers, and neutralizing compounds to adjust the pH of the formula, testing and evaluation must be conducted in order to provide the proper mixture for each environment. It’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all solution. 

YOUR CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS PARTNER

DynaChem provides fast-acting concentrations designed to accommodate your specific applications and requirements, allowing you to reduce the potential for damages to your equipment and personnel and maintaining effective production operations. Providing chemical solutions for reliable flow assurance, phase separation and asset integrity, DynaChem is committed to long-term relationships, continually investing in the infrastructure necessary to meet even the most specialized needs of the operators we serve.

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