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ICORR EVENT 2021

The Aberdeen Branch of ICorr was pleased to be able to hold their first post-covid ‘Face to Face’ event on 24th August 2021 at the premises of hosts TRAC Oil & Gas Ltd, which included a range of technology demonstrations, kindly compiled by Mike Dixon (NDT Technical Manager) and Ian Somers(TRAC Compliance Manager – Executive Director of IRATA International), with the proceedings chaired by 2021-2022 branch chair Hooman Takhtechian.  This Annual Corrosion Forum also comprised eight presentations by speakers from various companies, all very active in the integrity management field.

New branch chair Hooman Takhtechian, opening the proceedings.

The eventattracted over 30 delegates who enjoyed an interesting programme themed on ‘External Corrosion Management’ which remains a major issue in North Sea Oil and Gas operations.

For most, this was their first public meeting in nearly 18 months, and the relaxed atmosphere and relief was clearly evident after 3 covid waves, numerous covid tests, and long queues for vaccinations.

Branch Annual Corrosion Forum event attendees

Dr Mehdi Monir, Senior Corrosion Engineer (Oceaneering), commenced the proceedings with a very comprehensive introduction to the principles of external corrosion, and the key deterioration mechanisms found within the Oil and Gas industries, together with common mitigation strategies. The environmental factors that drive corrosion pitting and cracking were clearly explained, along with how these influence corrosion rates in various regions of the world, with the UK marine environment being particularly aggressive.

Walt Doxford, Specialist Inspector for Offshore Division of HSE, followed on with an explanation of the HSE regulatory requirements and recent experiences from their viewpoint for a mature industry operating in a hostile environment, key issues being:

  • Atmospheric external corrosion
  • Bolting corrosion
  • Corrosion of / at pipe supports, (in particular trunnion supports).
  • CUI, (corrosion under insulation)
  • Deck penetrations
  • FM (fabric maintenance) in later life assets

This was in the context of many ageing assets approaching COP (cessation of production) and the drives by operators to reduce staffing levels and vendor visits to site.

Walt Doxford, Specialist Inspector Offshore Division HID (Materials/Corrosion/NDT) · Health and Safety Executive.

Mike Adams, Director of Eden Asset Integrity Ltd, then considered this from the Inspector / NDT Technician’s point of view (often forgotten), and emphasised the need for orrosion engineers to correctly direct the industry workforce, so that NDT inspections are relevant to the likely corrosion and erosion mechanisms occurring, and which may be due to:

  • Local increases in fluid velocity or changes in direction.
  • Wherever a microbe just happens to settle down.
  • Where surface wetting occurs.
  • Where mineral or corrosion scale builds up or breaks down.

The NDT technician needs to know the expected form of damage, so that they can select the right technique, and because most NDT is just a sample of the total surface area, where to look, as without such information serious damage may be missed with consequential in-service failures.

Colin Fowlis (Operations Manager) and Stuart Rennie (Commercial Manager) – Presserv (UK) Ltd, gave a great introduction to external mitigation by coatings covering all aspects of surface preparation technologies and available coating types on the theme ‘Coatings – The 1st line of defence against corrosion’ and highlighted that 50% of external corrosion costs are preventable (through regular fabric maintenance programmes).

The critical considerations for coating material selection were discussed including:

  • Climatic conditions.
  • Ease of application.
  • HSE considerations.
  • Mechanical characteristics.
  • Overall lifetime cost (including future maintenance).
  • Suitability to environment.
  • Supply logistics.
  • Tolerance to surface.
Stuart Rennie of Presserv (UK) Ltd.

Frances Chalmers, Technical Consultant of Plant Integrity Management Ltd, continued the proceedings with a ‘Whistle-stop tour of CUI Management” including CUPS (corrosion under pipe supports), and reviewed the key regulator recommendations of the HSE-led CUI forum held on 31st May, which were:

Regulator Viewpoint, point 1

  • Establish an effective CUI management scheme.
  • Meeting good practice alone may not be sufficient to comply with the law (avoidance of prosecution in the event of an incident and/or issue of HSE improvement notice). i.e. The installation must remain safe in all respects.

Regulator Viewpoint, point 2

  • Do what you say you’re going to do.
  • Be clear about progress and CUI priorities.

Regulator Viewpoint, point 3

  • Conduct suitable inspection at a frequency to permit detection and remediation of deterioration in good time.

Frances went on to describe CUI management strategies in great detail for asset early life, mid-life, and late-life situations, and RBI approaches, in consideration of all key factors and noting that CUI corrosion rate data can vary significantly for individual plants and locations (operating environments). A traffic light system was proposed for insulation anomalies and for assessing the degree of damage and risk.  The manner in which a CUI defect finally failures being most usually related to its operating pressure, i.e. sudden burst or weep/seep.[doesn’t quite read right, can you clarify] Frode Wiggen, Snr. Principal Engineer DNV, closed the morning session with a “virtual’ presentation and outlined the new DNV CUI Manager software, for managing the significant threats posed by CUI, developed under a joint industry project, resulting in DNVGL-RP-G109,  methodology that facilitates structured continuous assessment and documentation of present and future CUI risk. This new project was first outlined at the SPE Corrosion Conference in June 2021, and may be found at https://www.spe-aberdeen.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Thurs_DNVGL-RP-G109-presentation-rev-1.pdf

TRAC Demonstration of SAFE Composite Wrap Inspection (specialist NDT for Pipe Repairs).

In the afternoon and after catering courtesy of our hosts, delegates were treated to an excellent series of NDT demonstrations highlighting the very latest technologies deployed in the energy and other sectors by TRAC, who are long-time supporters of the branch and its technical programme.

TRAC Demonstration of External Corrosion NDT Inspection.

The event went off successfully and the branch are extremely grateful to TRAC for their hard work in making it possible for everyone.

The successful Corrosion Forum approach of blended learning (virtual, plus face-to-face teaching), will surely continue in the years ahead, as we all seek to avoid unnecessary travel, in the desire by all to meet ever stricter environmental targets and avoid further pandemics.

All the technical papers for the event can be found at, https://sites.google.com/site/icorrabz/ and also at Aberdeen Branch – Institute of Corrosion (icorr.org) under “Local Technical Programme, August 2021”.

A reminder that the branch is inviting applications for the 2020 ICorr Young Engineer Programme (YEP), which it is pleased to support, following in the footsteps of the highly successful and extremely popular London Branch Programmes. For its Aberdeen rotation, the YEP course will reflect the extensive locally based Oil and Gas related Industries, and of course also the rapidly growing Renewables Energy Sector. Please contact Hooman Takhtechian,  HTakhtechian@oceaneering.com, if you are interested in participating in this.

TRAC Ghana Training

TRAC Oil and Gas Services Ghana – today commenced a three week training package for Ghanaian nationals covering Fabric Maintenance, Coatings Inspection, and a suite of NDT disciplines.

Once training is complete the selected attendees will be available to TRAC for successfully delivering contracted services throughout the West African region.

After a very successful initial phase of Certificated Training TRAC Oil and Gas Services Ghana, led by EricNasel Selby and Mike Dixon, continued their current training schedule in Tema, Greater Accra, with the commencement of the NDT disciplines programme. Attendees at these classes are accommodated at the training Centre.

“Miles of Smiles”

Keeping fit and helping the community, Miles of Smiles!  Compliance Manager, Ian Somers is on route to gaining his “pilots” license for the riding of the Oldmeldrum Chapter Trishaw.

Cycling Without Age is a movement started in 2012 in Denmark by Ole Kassow and Dorthe Pederson. Ole wanted to help the elderly get back onto their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw. He started offering free rides to the local nursing home residents … and the rest is history!

Cycling Without Age Scotland now generates “miles of smiles” in every part of Scotland and its reach and impact are growing every day. It enriches and enhances lives, unlocks doors, enables older people to once again be an active part of their communities, once again to “feel the wind in their hair”, to rekindle old friendships and to make new ones and to rejoice in heart-warming stories. This is unparalleled access, which we also provide to disabled people.

Wide-spread recognition of our work includes that by the World Economic Forum which highlighted our innovative solution to loneliness.

Good Luck Ian from all at TRAC.  In life, motivation is like a gear in the cycle. We get motivated, we work faster!

Safety Card of the Week!

Well done Barry Hughes on receiving high praise and awards for your safety conscious attitude Offshore. Our successful, safe delivery mirrored from our operations in the UK to our operations in offshore Ghana.

TRAC appoints senior manager to head up its Renewable Services division.

TRAC continues its strong commitment to the global energy transition and is delighted to announce the consolidation of its renewables experience within a new division, TRAC Renewable Services.

TRAC Renewable Services is headed up by Joel Telling. An experienced energy sector leader, Joel started as a site technician in the late 1990s before graduating to senior management positions, first within the global Oil & Gas industry and for the last decade in the Renewable Energy services market.

Our vision is for TRAC, already market-leading in other global sectors, to become synonymous with best-in-class delivery of services to the renewable power generation and transmission industries.

Under the TRAC Renewable Services brand, we provide seamless and innovative front-end solutions for Generators, Operators, OEMs and EPCIs requiring inspection, repair, maintenance and engineering (IRM/E) services.

A flexible, “right-sized” approach allows us to deliver projects either wholly in-house or in collaboration with trusted partners.

O&M and IRM requirements can be serviced either individually or within a package tailored to Balance of Plant (BoP), Generation (WTG) or Transmission (OSS/OnSS) assets.

The new business unit has established a programme for phased delivery of services commencing with immediate effect in 2021.

Whilst developing a more holistic approach for 2022 and beyond we are ready to support clients now that have assets under construction or that require corrective maintenance (structural, coating, cleaning), life extension or Balance of Plant inspections.

“We’re delighted to welcome Joel to the team at TRAC to head up our Renewable Services division.  He brings a wealth of experience from the Renewable Energy market and proven delivery expertise. As we move forward with the global energy transition, we believe that a strong combination of political, environmental, and economic factors now marks the start of a new phase of maturity in the renewable industry, both here in the UK and globally – and a springboard for the future.”

Daniel Hawthorn, Managing Director, TRAC

“TRAC has been a client, partner and supporter in various enterprises over the past few years – we share a vision of what customer service and delivery should look like. Having been an enthusiastic advocate of the energy transition for around a decade – the experience that traditional service businesses can leverage to accelerate progress; the innovation and vibrancy of pure-play renewables companies – to be able to help build out the offering at such an established group is a privilege”.

Joel Telling, Head of Renewable Services.

The TRAC International group of companies celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019, has a global footprint and provides first class engineering products and services to the energy, infrastructure and telecoms markets.

TRAC Oil & Gas is an experienced offshore operator with an impressive list of accreditations and exemplary safety record – providing offshore wind services since 2011.

TRAC Engineering is a leading supplier of infrastructure engineering services with a reputation for technical multi-discipline solutions in challenging environment – delivering met mast installation and maintenance and specialist blade repair solutions.

TRAC Renewable Services will leverage the experience and expertise within the group, supply chain and partner businesses. By aligning ourselves closely with the needs of our client base and by living the core TRAC values of Service, Safety, Quality and Innovation we aim to have further impact on this exciting market.

Service | Safety | Quality | Innovation