Issue 9 - 1 October 2012 enews home

Local focus turns to corrosion in oil, gas industry

By Louise Errington

Associate Professor in Engineering Krishnan Kannoorpatti recognises that relationships between the education sector and industry are key to the development of knowledge about local mining issues

The unique corrosion issues facing the oil and gas industry in Northern Australia have been the subject of a seminar for specialists.

ConocoPhillips Australia's Lead Asset Integrity Engineer Mr Sabari Meenakshisundaram in his presentation entitled "Corrosion Challenges in a Tropical Environment: Design maintenance and considerations", discussed modes of corrosion, and design and maintenance solutions to manage corrosion in the local region.

Mr Meenakshisundaram is an authority on asset integrity, with his team assisting in the protection and maintenance of ConocoPhillips' assets based offshore in the Timor Sea, as well as the onshore LNG plant in Darwin.

Charles Darwin University's Associate Professor in Engineering Krishnan Kannoorpatti said the event, held at CDU's Casuarina campus, was a collaboration between the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) and CDU's North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas (NACOG).

"We're building a partnership with ACA to enhance corrosion knowledge in NT industry, and they're keen for NACOG to be involved actively in the establishment of a Darwin-based branch of the ACA," Dr Kannoorpatti said.

"Through this partnership CDU aims to develop stronger links to the local mining industry, as well as grow a greater interest in corrosion and corrosion research."