Technical Support, Consultation, and Research
Providing Resources and Expertise
Improving Oil Recovery
Enhancing Petroleum Refining Flexibility

Improving and Upgrading Heavy-Oil Production

Challenge

The Petroleum industry has grown increasingly complex in the last 20 years due to stricter standards on sulfur emissions, an emphasis on increasing production throughput, a decrease in crude quality, and an increased reliance on exploiting heavy oil reservoirs.. These changes resulted in an increased risk of corrosion and frequent equipment failures, causing forced shutdowns and considerable financial losses, including lost production and cost of equipment replacement and repairs. The main challenge for the program is improving the plant reliability of the Kuwaiti oil production facilities and refineries through assessing the structural integrity of the equipment in terms of corrosion and metallurgy adverse effects and finding the best mitigation approaches.

Goal

The goal of the Corrosion Assessment and Mitigation Technology Program is to develop and execute solution steps that address the risk of corrosion in order to improve the reliability of Kuwait’s petroleum production facilities and refineries and to be the partner of choice for their operations in the areas of corrosion prevention and mitigation.

Program Thrusts

  • Crude Oil Study: Study the effects of crude oil and refinery process streams on the corrosion of alloys and determine the boundaries of performance of existing metallurgy alloys.
  • Structural Integrity Investigations: Identify the root causes of the failures of petroleum industry equipment.
  • Investigation of Corrosion Phenomena: Investigate and examine the unknown corrosion phenomena that are faced by the oil industry.
  • Introduction Corrosion Techniques: Introduce and demonstrate to the petroleum industry engineers state-of –the- art corrosion monitoring techniques.
  • Mitigation of Corrosion and Material Degradation: Determine the best options to mitigate corrosion and material degradation and to identify solutions that can lead to the extension of the service life of oil production and refinery equipment.

Facilities

  • Electrochemical corrosion measurement. 
  • Metallurgical characterization.
  • Advanced analytical and imaging 
  • Stress corrosion cracking.
  • Hot oil flow loop simulation. 
  • Seawater and atmospheric exposure. 
  • Mechano-chemical corrosion testing.
  • Mechanical testing and materials characterization.