Pipeline Integrity and Corrosion Management (PICoM)

Overview

With increased pressure and capacity on pipelines, there is a need to address issues in pipeline corrosion and integrity. The Pipeline Integrity and Corrosion Management (PICoM) research program proactively addresses issues in these areas for both the upstream oil and gas and midstream pipeline sectors.

Industry-driven

PICoM is an industry-led working group which facilitates collaborative R&D projects to improve detection, measurement and mitigation methods for corrosion in pipeline systems. This is accomplished by a suite of unique testing capabilities offered by InnoTech Alberta and through focused workshops which allow for sharing of industry experiences and best practices. The intent is to create a unique consortium linking pipeline operators with suppliers to solve problems collaboratively.

Capabilities

InnoTech Alberta provides PICoM with expertise and unique laboratory and pilot-scale facilities, including:

  • Crude oil pipeline flow-loop (test bed)
  • Pig design evaluation
  • Chemical inhibitor assessment
  • Real-time corrosion rate monitoring
  • Simulation of localized corrosion (pitting and MIC)
  • Electro-chemical analysis techniques
  • Lab-scale corrosion testing (sour service capabilities)

Industry Working Groups

  • Upstream: Apache Corporation, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Husky Energy, Penn West Exploration, Shell Canada, Suncor Energy and Talisman Energy inc.
  • Midstream: Enbridge Inc., Inter Pipeline Fund, Kinder Morgan, Plains Midstream Canada, Pembina Pipeline Corporation and TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.