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20 Dec 2016

Pipeline corrosion research project receives funding

Author: Alberta Innovates Staff  /  Categories: Energy, Basic Research, Environment  / 
 
 Pipeline corrosion costs the oil and gas industry billions.

It may not sound all that sexy, but it is estimated that corrosion of steel infrastructure costs the oil and gas industry $3 billion to $7 billion each year in maintenance, repairs and replacement.

Microbiologically influenced corrosion is responsible for at least 20 per cent of that cost.

John Wolodko, an associate professor and Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair in Bio and Industrial Materials at the University of Alberta and one of three project leads, said microbial degradation of pipelines is akin to a cancer diagnosis and treatment in people.

“While there is significant knowledge and best practices in diagnosing and treating cancer, it is still not completely understood, and significant research is still required to further eliminate its impact to society,” says Wolodko.

A four-year project to investigate microbiologically influenced pipeline corrosion, set to begin in January 2017, recently received $7.8 million in funding. InnoTech Alberta's Corrosion Engineering team is collaborating with Wolodko on the initiative.   

Read the full story from the Edmonton Journal.

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