Treatment, Prevention of Microbially Induced Corrosion

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

By Craig Bartling, Principal Research Scientist, Battelle, Columbus, OH

Sometimes, the biggest problems are the ones you can’t see. Microbially Induced Corrosion (MIC) is an enormous – and expensive -problem for the oil and gas industry, directly or indirectly costing billions of dollars each year in treatment, prevention and equipment repair. Emerging technologies may soon give companies more effective options of managing the microbial communities that eat away at the bottom line. Where MIC Thrives While not all corrosion is microbially induced, bacteria are implicated in a significant proportion of corrosion problems for pipelines, storage tanks, and offshore platforms and equipment. Oil and gas…

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