Microbial monitoring is an essential step towards safeguarding your assets against the effects of corrosion.
At NCIMB, our experienced microbiologists can use a number of complementary techniques for the microbial analysis of samples from oil and gas facilities, and supply media test kits for customers who want to undertake their own testing.
Some groups of microorganisms that are commonly occurring in the environment can cause serious problems in an industrial setting. For example, the proliferation of sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB) can influence corrosion rates in pipelines, vessels and machinery, and the conditions found within production facilities can provide the ideal environment for their growth.
The actions of different groups of microorganisms influence corrosion in different ways. For example growth of some groups of microbes can create conditions that allow proliferation of others, which in turn produce corrosive waste products such as hydrogen sulphide or acids.
Monitoring for the presence of the key groups of microorganisms known to influence corrosion in oilfield environments, allows remedial action to be taken if numbers start to rise. Continued regular monitoring can also determine the efficacy of steps taken to control these groups of organisms, helping you to make informed and timely decisions.
At NCIMB we can identify and quantify microorganisms known to influence corrosion using both traditional culture-based methods, and the latest DNA sequencing techniques. Analysis can be undertaken on most types of liquid and solid sample, including production fluids, scales, pig wax and NORM contaminated corrosion coupons.
We can advise on the most appropriate approach to monitoring and have participated in R&D projects as well as undertaking routine analysis.
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