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Pipeline Integrity and Corrosion Management (PICoM)

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 & gas and midstream/transmission 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/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 Group


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

 

 

For more information, contact:

Tamer Crosby, PhD, PEng
Team Lead
Corrosion Engineering
780.987.8760
tamer.crosby@innotechalberta.ca