Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) is remarkably difficult for pipeline operators to detect and monitor.
DNV has partnered with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and Microbial Insights, Inc. to develop methods, tools and workflows ("biomarker technology") to reliably detect the occurrence of MIC in oil field operations and overcome these challenges.
While oil fields have access to several molecular methods for detection and identification of MIC, the data doesn’t always create a comprehensive picture of system integrity and leaves oil field operators with gaps when looking for indicators for microbial influenced corrosion in active systems.
The unfortunate impact for pipeline operators is that the discovery of MIC is most often diagnosed through material testing after damage has already occurred. Because early detection is difficult, oil field facilities face challenges related to shortened service life or worse, failure of infrastructure due to MIC corrosion.
Our vision is to create 1,200 datapoints of corrosion-to-biomarker correlations, generated on simulated pipelines with actual field waters and participant-selected service conditions. Assembling MIC experts from across the industry (JIP participants) to unravel the most relevant microbial degradation mechanisms in carbon steel infrastructure, such as full well stream pipelines, crude transmission lines, produced water piping and seawater injection systems.
Be a part of the solution
DNV will be partnering with 8-12 additional project participants operating oil field assets with a history of MIC or service conditions of particular interest for laboratory simulation to assist in generating samples for biomarker discovery.
If you would like to be a participant in the study, please submit your interest below.