November 2017

Maintenance and Reliability

Case histories of amine plant equipment corrosion problems–Part 1

Lost production from corrosion costs the oil and gas industry more than $1 B/yr.1

Daughtry, J., Teletzke, E., INEOS Oxide GAS/ SPEC Technology Group

Lost production from corrosion costs the oil and gas industry more than $1 B/yr.1 Past corrosion incidents provide insight into the causes of corrosion and the preventive actions required to protect plant equipment and reduce costly plant downtime. FIG. 1. Typical alkanolamine acid gas removal system process flow diagram.2 Corrosion has been observed on every piece of equipment in the typical amine acid gas removal process (FIG. 1). While this configuration is common, many variations on this design exist due to the unique requirements of each acid gas removal application. This two-part series includes six real-world case histories, collected over

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