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Xodus to Present New Industry Guidelines for Erosion and Corrosion

Xodus to Present New Industry Guidelines for Erosion and Corrosion

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03 October 2016

Xodus Group will reveal a new set of industry guidelines to tackle erosion and erosion-corrosion at a conference in Aberdeen tomorrow.

Erosion accounts for more than 10% of oil leaks in the North Sea. However, it is often poorly managed resulting in unexpected failures or overly stringent production limits. The new Energy Institute guidelines aim to address this issue by providing a comprehensive, easy-to-use reference on the subject with information on erosion assessment, measurement and management.

Neil Barton, consultant engineer at Xodus Group, will present an overview of the new guidelines at Asset 2016, the Energy Institute’s asset integrity management conference series which takes place on Tuesday (October 4) at Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. He has authored the guidelines with the support of a steering committee and the Energy Institute.

Mr Barton said: "This issue falls within the remit of many disciplines, such as materials, process and piping engineers, inspectors and others. However, because it is a moderately rare occurrence, it can be missed and it is difficult to build up a good understanding of the subject, particularly when companies are down-sizing and technical roles are continually changing.

"We hope these guidelines will increase knowledge and good practice towards a safe, secure working environment when dealing with erosion and erosion-corrosion.”

Asset 2016 promotes technical guidance and strategies for asset integrity across the oil and gas sector and provides delegates with the opportunity to hear from regulators, operators, and specialist advisors.

Dr Cameron Stewart, Upstream Technical Manager, Energy Institute added: "As oil and gas assets mature, there is an increasing need for guidelines which can benefit all engineers working in the areas of pipework integrity, corrosion and flow assurance. Xodus’s knowledge and experience has been crucial in bringing these guidelines together which proactively demonstrate good industry practice and we look forward to presenting them to a wider audience at Asset 2016.”

Nick Horder, a consultant at Xodus Group will provide an update on an Energy Institute joint industry project on acoustic induced vibration at the event. Delegates will hear how operators have funded physical tests to compare the performance of a variety of commonly used welded connections on a test rig. The first phase of testing has been conducted and plans are in place to evaluate mitigation measures. Mr Horder’s presentation will describe the test programme in more detail.

Jim McGhee, Xodus Group’s vibration engineering technical lead, will also be presenting on the risks of vibration fatigue. He said: "With declining production profiles, reduced overall flow rates and the continuing squeeze on operational budgets, there is a danger that the threat of vibration induced fatigue failure in ageing assets is overlooked. If the overall age of the asset and the nominal production rates are not reliable indicators of vibration risk, we need to quantify the risk of vibration induced fatigue failure on ageing assets to effectively manage these risks and minimise the cost of doing so.”