Belzona In The Oil & Gas Industry
Since the late 1980s Belzona has provided the Oil and Gas industry with solutions to the most difficult of problems where conventional solutions have failed. Downtime in this leading edge technology industry can result in millions of dollars of lost production. Engineers in the industry, responsible for specifying materials, are continually searching for ways to reduce costs and increase performance without sacrificing reliability.
At the front-end of every Oil or Gas production system are the separation stages where the aggressive production fluids take their expensive toll on the Separation Vessels. In 1989, a major oil and gas producer recognized that conventional internal coatings could no longer stand up to the effects of erosion-corrosion accelerated by sand entrainment at the elevated temperatures and pressures having been experienced.
Under Insulation Corrosion
One of the most prolific corrosion problems faced by the oil and gas industry is Under Insulation Corrosion or (UIC), Traditional insulation systems are unable to prevent moisture penetration into the insulation causing severe deterioration of the underlying pipework or vessel.
Belzona In The Oil & Gas Industry Belzona® 3211 (Lagseal) is a water-based, fire-resistant Membrane System that has the capability to provide a seamless, impact resistant outer layer to most insulating materials preventing the ingress of moisture while allowing the protected insulation to breathe.
Belzona® 1391 is capable of withstanding immersion in hydrocarbon production fluids at temperatures up to 130°C and was used to protect these units following repairs to holed areas with Belzona® 1311. These Wemco Oil/Water Separation Units, where the corrosive oil and water mixtures at temperatures of 95°C, result in a breakdown of the vinyl ester glass flake coatings. Belzona® 1391 is capable of withstanding immersion in hydrocarbon production fluids at temperatures up to 130°C and was used to protect these units following repairs to holed areas with Belzona® 1311.
Pumps are an integral part of any oil and gas production unit and are critical to the operation of any platform. Pumps are an integral part of any oil and gas production unit and are critical to the operation of any platform. These sea water lift pumps are just a few of many that benefit from being protected by Belzona, which not only extends their service life, but also increases their efficiency.
Belzona also provides solutions to many of the day-to-day maintenance problems encountered in the industry:
- Repair of crevice corrosion pitting on flange faces.
- Forming of spiral wound flanges to prevent crevice corrosion.
- Sealing leaks and overlaying welds to repair and prevent weld root corrosion