As oil and gas facilities in the Middle East are ageing and approaching their anticipated design life, operators are asking whether the end is really near and whether a new lease on life is possible. Operating equipment is usually designed for a 25 to 30-year service life; therefore structures are often designed with corresponding service life. International codes time and again fall short of delivering the end goal in the Arabian Gulf’s extreme environment with high humidity, temperatures 20 degrees above the global average, and salinity levels higher than anywhere else in the world. To maximize value, facility owners are demanding service life beyond the original design. In addition, maintenance during operations is expected to minimize downtime and increase stretches of uninterrupted operation.
Cortec® is leveraging its knowledge, experience, and a wide portfolio of products to assist multiple facilities in the Middle East in adopting such improvements. Its Global Services team provides assistance in all stages of the asset’s lifecycle: condition assessments, project management, engineering, design, and application and training services. With more than 500 products covering a range of technology platforms, Cortec® has access to many tools that facilitate its mission. For example • Concrete structures are treated with surface-applied migrating corrosion inhibitors (MCI®) providing a quantified increase in service life.
In the presence of one of the most challenging corrosion environments on earth, Cortec® is helping oil and gas facilities to preserve key assets beyond their expected lifetimes. Cortec’s innovative solutions enable these facilities to minimize maintenance downtime and maximize operational uptime while simultaneously giving structures a new lease on life.