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One of the most expensive operations in gas and oil production is corrosion control. Methods for minimizing the cost and increasing the efficiency of corrosion control measures are very valuable to the gas and oil producer. For several years, corrosion rate instrumentation has been used to determine the eftectiveness of inhibitor programs and to detect extreme corrosion conditions in gas and oil production systems.
Case history-type examples of the use of corrosion rate instrumentation in production systems are presented. Factors affecting the utility of data produced in a corrosion monitoring scheme are discussed, including probe selection, probe placement, and instrument selection. Some data are presented to demonstrate the possible utility of a new technique which measures the rate of hydrogen penetration through production pipe walls as they carry sour production fluids.
oil fields, water injection, corrosion control
Marketing manager, Petrolite Instruments, Stafford, Tex