June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

Features

Treatment, Prevention of Microbially Induced Corrosion

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 infrastructure often provide perfect conditions for corr

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