Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry

Torben Lund Skovhus, Dennis Enning, Jason S. Lee

March 1, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 532 Pages - 11 Color & 64 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498726566 - CAT# K25835

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  • Covers the types of steels and materials used in oil and gas operations
  • Includes both common (nonbiological) and biological degradation mechanisms
  • Provides an overview of subsurface and oilfield microbiology
  • Discusses key MIC mechanisms
  • Provides an updated overview of Molecular Microbiological Methods (MMM)
  • Reviews state-of-the-art approaches to MIC assessment, MIC mitigation, and MIC monitoring
  • Includes field and laboratory case studies relevant to the understanding of MIC and its management


Microorganisms are ubiquitously present in petroleum reservoirs and the facilities that produce them. Pipelines, vessels, and other equipment used in upstream oil and gas operations provide a vast and predominantly anoxic environment for microorganisms to thrive. The biggest technical challenge resulting from microbial activity in these engineered environments is the impact on materials integrity. Oilfield microorganisms can affect materials integrity profoundly through a multitude of elusive (bio)chemical mechanisms, collectively referred to as microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). MIC is estimated to account for 20 to 30% of all corrosion-related costs in the oil and gas industry.

This book is intended as a comprehensive reference for integrity engineers, production chemists, oilfield microbiologists, and scientists working in the field of petroleum microbiology or corrosion. Exhaustively researched by leaders from both industry and academia, this book discusses the latest technological and scientific advances as well as relevant case studies to convey to readers an understanding of MIC and its effective management.


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