A leading refinery wanted to maintain the integrity of valuable assets and prevent deterioration due to corrosion whilst maintaining the operational readiness of equipment to facilitate quick turn-around once needed. The facility is located in a challenging environment: next to the ocean, experiencing temperatures up to 50C, high airborne chlorides and up to 100% humidity. The large volume of assets meant warehouse inventory was not possible, existing outdoor racking was the only option.
The Cortec “Clean, Preserve & Protect” programme that is widely followed by Oil & Gas Operators in the Middle East was proposed; consisting of a Turn-key solution including supply of all products and service application. Preservation procedures were developed for long term preservation of equipment which is to be stored for commissioning or re-commissioning up to five years in to the future.
Three stages of the process were identified and implemented by a skilled team of service applicators:
1. Rust Removal Station – Immerse assets in epoxy coated bath filled with VpCI-4222.
2. Power Wash Station – Power wash and neutralise surfaces of assets with 10% VpCI-4143.
3. Preservation Station – Application of rust preventatives, emitters and wrapping of equipment
Scope of project included:
The client was satisfied that the equipment was adequately, yet economically preserved in order to maintain its technical integrity for the period standing idle and to make resuming production as straightforward as possible. The rust removal process was cost effective and simple to implement and the client is currently considering Cortec’s Clean, Preserve, Protect system for wide scale implementation.
Customer Leading Refinery
Location Middle East
Distributor Texel Energy Services