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SPE General Meeting

November 17, 2014 General Section Meeting

Distinguished Lecturer


Topic:  The Science and Engineering of Internal Corrosion Control in the Upstream Petroleum Industry—Mainly About Managing Water


Speaker:     Mohsen Achour, ConocoPhillips

Date:          Monday, November 17, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Location:    The Petroleum Club, 12th Floor, 5060 California Avenue, Bakersfield

Cost:          With online payment or RSVP: $25 members, $30 non-members

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Unsuccessful control of internal corrosion has historical­ly caused catastrophic incidents in the upstream petroleum industry. Corrosion control requires a synergy between a sound basis of design and an appropriate operability philoso­phy. Equipment used in upstream operations may include cas­ing, production tubings, risers, flowlines, pipelines, and facili­ties. Corrosion control related decisions made at design level and guidelines set for operations will always be driven by water management. Guidelines to control corrosion are strongly based on water quality and movement within the equipment and the process. While corrosion prediction and mitigation involve thorough understanding and application of scientif­ic concepts of water chemistry, flow dynamics, and transport phenomena, corrosion monitoring and inspection requires sound engineering practices to track water, monitor changes and meet internal and external requirements. The success of corrosion control programs is also strongly affected by the level of collaboration and integration within the asset integrity and operation teams.


Mohsen Achour is leading the corrosion, inspection, and materials group of the Glob­al Production Excellence Division of Cono­coPhillips. He holds a PhD degree in chemi­cal engineering and materials from Oklaho­ma State University and an adjunct profes­sor honorary title from Ohio University Institute of Corrosion and Multiphase Technology Center. Achour has published more than 60 technical papers and holds patents in the areas of transport phenomena and corrosion.




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