About the Course

Oil and gas reserves are gradually depleting and the limited resources currently being exploited tend to be more costly to develop and to contain more corrosive fluids. For these reasons maintaining cost effective safety, reliability of equipment and fluid containment is becoming an ever greater challenge.

With cost pressures on there is an increasing demand for better reliability, efficiency and safety, the technological development has been massive. It is critical to understand and learn the latest knowledge on corrosion and material selection to ensure you make the correct choices first time around to keep your production flowing, equipment in optimal working condition and to avoid costly downtime, wastage and replacements.

In addition, as wells become more complex and hydrocarbons are being sourced at ever higher pressures Operators are facing complex issues of producing highly sour fluids in locations where intervention costs are high and constantly rising.

PetroSync is presenting an intensive four day program in this Corrosion & Materials Management Best Practice Series.

The Program is structured to provide industry specific corrosion and materials knowledge, including methods to monitor and measure corrosion across all industry application. This provides the foundation for all related activities regardless of application. It then narrows in on two areas of particular concern in the industry, downhole corrosion issues and subsea production equipment and facilities design, operation and maintenance. Discussions will cover approaches, technique and tools suitable to specify, monitor, control, and troubleshoot asset performance.

This training course is recommended for both discipline- and project-focused engineers who require a more thorough knowledge of materials to optimise their output.

A combination of lecture, examples, and interactive sessions will be utilized, providing the attendees with an opportunity to engage in discussions and to participate in an effective learning experience together with Dr. Anthony Cole.

Course Objectives

  • UPDATE on the latest research and development of deepwater material & corrosion
  • UNDERSTAND and LEARN best practices developed and implemented by leading companies
  • INDENTIFY and MONITOR the causes of corrosion and material failure
  • MITIGATE internal and external corrosion
  • SPECIFIY cost effective materials for safe operations
  • BENEFIT from real life case histories and AVOID expensive material-related equipment failures
  • LEARN the latest subsea recommendations of EEMUA 194
  • GAIN INSIGHTS to new technologies like TubeFuse™, Expendables & Smart Wells Technologies
  • SHARE experience and NETWORK with peers



Day 1 – Corrosion and Spesific Concerns

The first sessions of the course provide the basic building blocks required for all attendees to comprehend Days 2 to 4. Industry specific corrosion and materials are introduced to ensure that all participants are familiar with the fundamental corrosion, materials and component technologies which underpin the remaining days. Following a team quiz the day concludes with an overview of the specific types of corrosion commonly found in downhole applications and methods to mitigate these:

  • General principles of corrosion and materials
  • Corrosion mitigation including coatings and cathodic protection
  • Corrosion monitoring and inspection
  • Monitoring and Inspection, NDT

Day 2 – Materials in Well Construction

Day two kicks off with a review of the previous days quiz before detailing the types and properties of steels, corrosion resistant alloys and non-metallics used in downhole applications, including an overview of OCTG connection testing.

  • Wells and General Well Design
  • Various Downhole Corrosion Mechanisms and Effecton Materials Properties
  • Materials forming and the impact on corrosion resistance
  • Quiz
  • Specific Types of Downhole Corrosion – Case studies
  • Corrosion Prevention – Casing and Tubing
  • Materials for Casing and Tubing
  • Drilling and completion fluids
  • The Wellhead and Christmas Tree
  • Connections and Connection Testing
  • Corrosion mitigation during acid stimulation
  • Quiz

Day 3 – Downhole Materials Selection

  • For day three of focus moves materials selection for a variety of wells from simple producing wells in relatively benign environments to HPHT, sour service wells and includes consideration of water injections and alternative production and injection swells. To cement understanding of the selection process the day finishes with a Materials Selection group exercise, which requires the candidates to consider a variety of well types and environments
  • Materials Selection
    • Steel Casing and Tubing Materials
    • CRA Casing and Tubing Materials
  • Everything Else: Ancillary equipment, such as seals, water-alternate-gas (WAG)wells and discussion on topics raised during the preceding days
  • Daily quiz and Materials Selection Exercise
  • Round-up and review
  • Wells, wellheads, xmas trees and manifolds.

Day 4 – Subsea Corrosion and Metallurgy: Equipment & Materials Selection

Day four of this course turns to individual components in the subsea system and highlights particular concerns and failure mechanisms which need to be addressed for each of them; the major components of such systems are then detailed and materials selection decisions proposed. At the end of the day attendees will be confident to discuss subsea corrosion and materials.

  • Flowlines and risers
  • Valves
  • Fasteners, seals and gaskets
  • Umbilicals and flexibles
  • Hydraulic control and chemical injection systems
  • Insulation
  • Quiz results, group photos, certificates and prize giving
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