17 Oct Intertek expands Sharjah corrosion facility for local testing
Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries has expanded its corrosion testing facilities at its Sharjah Laboratory Complex to assists clients in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Egypt.
The upgrade and expansion of the Sharjah facility allows Intertek to offer enhanced local services in a laboratory devoted to the testing of corrosion inhibitors. The presence of corrosive fluids can shorten the working life of pipelines and flowlines in the harsh conditions often found in upstream oil and gas production systems.
To minimise the threat that corrosion poses to production assets, corrosion inhibitor chemicals are commonly used to reduce corrosion rates. Intertek’s Production Integrity and Assurance team undertakes independent, expert assessments of these chemicals to determine their efficacy for upstream operators.
In order to assess the corrosion inhibitors, Intertek’s dedicated Sharjah laboratory carries out electrochemical corrosivity tests to internationally recognised standards.
New and redesigned test equipment has been added to the laboratory, extending the services offered and addressing growing customer demand for both low water-cut electrochemical tests and the testing of fluids with elevated levels of hydrogen sulphide gas.
As a result, these recent upgrades have not only increased the testing capacity and capabilities at the site but have also reduced the turnaround time, as testing is carried out locally instead of samples being sent to other countries, such as the USA or UK.