January 2016, Vol. 243, No. 1


Microbially Induced Corrosion: Silent Killer of Infrastructure

You can’t see them, but microscopic marauders are eating away at the foundations of the oil and gas industry. Corrosion-causing bacteria generate billions of dollars of damage to pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure each year. A new rapid field test for microbially induced corrosion (MIC) could help maintenance staff diagnose MIC on the spot and select the right biocide to target the bacteria causing the damage. A joint industry project led by Battelle could soon bring this technology to an oil and gas field near you.  Tiny Cause, Enormous Consequences With 185,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines, nearly 320,000 miles of gas transmission pipelines, and over 2 million miles

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