ChampionX has secured two contracts worth a combined GBP 2.8 million (USD 3.9 million), to deliver its next generation, non-toxic chemicals to two major North Sea operators.
The company’s environmentally acceptable corrosion inhibitor product line has been developed to enable E&P organisations to economically extend the life of their assets in a sustainable way, without sacrificing efficiency.
Corrosion inhibitor chemicals are widely used as a preventative measure in pipeline systems and are deployed from wellheads to processing facilities and export lines. This infrastructure is typically made of carbon steel and exposed to dissolved acidic components such as CO2 and organic acids in the presence of water, which creates a continuous threat of corrosion.
ChampionX’s latest range of environmentally acceptable corrosion inhibitors meet the strict North Sea environmental regulations and use active components that are biodegradable, making them non-toxic to marine life. The chemicals deliver an effective preventative corrosion method while ensuring assets can operate safely for years to come, with a reduced environmental impact.
The global chemistry solutions and technologies company has seen, through a successful field trial, its new inhibitor deployed to help avoid production deferment on a major UKCS operator’s platform in the North Sea. The second client’s supply will be used at its floating, production, storage, offloading vessel (FPSO) from Q2 next year.
ChampionX’s new, non-toxic corrosion inhibitor portfolio, which is the result of a robust 4-year research and development programme, was created at the company’s technology centre in Aberdeen, and is specifically suited to the harsh and severe corrosion environment of the North Sea.
Susan Hart, ChampionX general manager Europe, Middle East & North Africa, says, “Operators must comply with strict environmental regulations to ensure that chemical discharge from offshore assets do not exceed the authorised amounts. As a result of this, production rates often need to be decreased to comply. We recognised the value in developing a more environmentally acceptable solution, with the goal of enabling our customers to prolong the life of assets and maximise recovery without sacrificing on efficiency. The non-toxic, biodegradable corrosion inhibitor is a more sustainable option to traditional chemicals, producing a more environmentally acceptable solution.”
“We are thrilled to see two major operators already recognising the value in these next generation products, and we look forward to working closely to support their individual sustainability goals and deliver more efficient operations,” adds Hart.
This latest ChampionX corrosion inhibitor development has met the requisite high environmental standards set by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).