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APGA/ACA Pipeline Corrosion Management Technical Seminar
The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) and The Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) joined together to host a technical seminar to discuss the challenges and solutions for preventing corrosion in pipelines, some of our most vital infrastructure. This seminar was held on 26th July in Brisbane and around 70 people from different industries attended this technical seminar.
Ten representatives from different Australian companies presented on corrosion related topics such as materials selection, coatings and cathodic protection which are used to attain the desired design life, as well as extending the life of the pipeline industry’s assets. Interesting topics such as automation of cathodic protection surveys, CP data management, and ‘the integrity engineer’s toolbox’ were presented. The attendees discussed the main challenges that pipeline industry is facing in automation and analysing big pipeline corrosion inspection data sets. Other topics such as Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC), specification of Field Joint Coatings, and pipelines AC corrosion risk assessment methods, provided interesting case studies and examples of practical challenges the pipeline industry faces in coating and corrosion management.
Energy Pipelines CRC staff also presented at this seminar. Klaas van Alphen and Fari Mahdavi provided the audience with an insight into almost a decade of collaborative research and innovation in corrosion-related research undertaken by the Energy Pipelines CRC. The presentation provided detail on the workings of two developed corrosion and coatings integrity probes developed by the CRC. These probes assist pipeline integrity managers and operators with monitoring and visualising ‘hidden’ risks of localised corrosion, damaged coatings and the efficiency of cathodic protection systems. Also, the audience was informed on the results of Energy Pipelines CRC research into allowable holiday testing voltages for dual layer fusion bonded epoxy (FBE). The outcomes of this research provided inputs to the Australian standard AS 3862: External fusion-bonded epoxy coating for steel pipes.