Corrosion Inhibitor and Oxygen Scavenger for use as MEG Additives in the Inhibition of Wet Gas Pipelines
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The transportation of wet gas fluid in carbon steel pipelines for onshore processing offers an economically attractive strategy. Although a substantial saving in capital cost can be realized, the risks of hydrate formation and corrosion damage are two of the main issues with such an approach. The standard industrial practice is to apply chemical solutions to reduce the risks. A thermodynamic hydrate inhibitor, such as monoethylene glycol (MEG) and corrosion inhibitors are commonly utilized to provide hydrate and corrosion control, respectively. Other production chemicals, such as an oxygen scavenger, may also be deployed as part of the risk management process. Consequently, the main challenge to the corrosion inhibitor is to provide corrosion protection throughout the production and processing facility while subjected to high temperatures in the MEG regeneration process and exposure to other production chemicals. Thermal stability and performance assessments should be an important aspect of the qualification process in the selection of corrosion inhibitors. This paper presents data from a laboratory corrosion inhibitor evaluation program, using thermally stressed MEG/chemicals fluids under simulated wet gas pipeline operating conditions, which resulted in the successful qualification of a corrosion inhibitor for the production facility.
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