Internal corrosion in pipelines is one of the most significant challenges facing Saudi Aramco on a daily basis, more than 200 attendees from Saudi Aramco organizations were told recently at a forum and exhibition in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Mohammad A Al Hatlani, general manager of Pipelines, opened the Internal Corrosion Forum, noting the cost of corrosion globally is approximately $2.5 trillion. Saudi Aramco, he added, recognizes that effective corrosion management — in conjunction with other ongoing non-metallic materials development, deployment of new technologies, as well as best practices in inspection, detection, correction, and prevention — can significantly reduce such risks and costs.
Al Hatlani said the forum provided an opportunity to enrich knowledge and exchange ideas and best practices with a variety of organizations and subject matter experts — both within Saudi Aramco and externally. “I have seen an increase in participation in these types of events across different organizations. We can see the high level of interest among all of the participants,” said Al Hatlani.
According to the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the total annual cost of corrosion in the oil and gas production industry is estimated to be $1.372 billion — including $589 million in surface pipeline and facility costs, $463 million annually in downhole tubing expenses, and another $320 million in capital expenditures related to corrosion.
Praising the forum’s ability to effectively engage participants, Al Hatlani highlighted the importance of the event. “It really focuses on one of the most important aspects of our business, which is pipeline integrity. We really pay a lot of attention to that because it is essential for safe, reliable, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective operations,” he said.
Al Hatlani added that internal corrosion mitigation is a key factor in pipeline integrity specifically, and the company’s integrity programs in general. He further added that interaction and engagement on the topic would continue beyond the event itself.
“We will get feedback from the participants so that we can improve the forum. Also, we will summarize the content and the issues we have discussed and the solutions proposed,” Al Hatlani noted.
“Pipelines, Distribution, and Terminals (PD&T) is playing a very important role because we cover everything across the Kingdom and all of the way to the terminals where we distribute the company’s products to the rest of the world,” he said. – TradeArabia News Service