Maintenance in the energy industry is a costly challenge for asset owners; a study by NACE International revealed that the annual global cost of corrosion is estimated to be $2.5 trillion. As a result, abrasion and corrosion resistant coatings for metal components are in high demand, particularly locations where environmental factors heavily influence the lifespan of metal components.
What is corrosion?
Corrosion occurs when metal comes into contact with oxygen and water in the environment, however this reaction can be accelerated by many other factors. Onshore environments are subject to UV rays, harsh climate conditions, potential chemical splash and fumes degrading the structures along with the potential for high humidity and abrasion from sand/dust or soil.
Offshore, corrosion is accelerated by salt water, wind, rain and wave slam combined with a build-up of chlorides which create the perfect electro-chemical environment.
The constant wet and dry can accelerate the effect on metal degradation; combine this with damage caused by impact or abrasion and the result is extensive maintenance costs affecting both operational and capital expenditure.
‘At a time where reducing the cost of maintenance is critical in order to stay profitable, businesses need to take preventative measures to protect their assets. Solutions which can provide protection and allow for maintenance are the way forward.’