March 2017, Vol. 244, No. 3


Corrosion Threats for the Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry plays a major role in generating the energy we use every day, representing an important part of today’s global economy. To keep up with increasing energy consumption, the industry has led deepwater and other explorations. The pace of exploration is expected to rise to meet this demand. The machinery used in onshore and offshore exploration is constructed of metals and alloys, including steel. These machines have to function in demanding environments where they are exposed to saltwater, high pressure, and extreme and fluctuating temperatures. Consequently, the steel components of the machinery often become corroded. Corrosion Problem Corrosion is a serious issue in

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