December 13, 2016
RMB Products recently completed two identical 170 ft caissons for a major multi-national oil company for use on a new offshore platform soon to be operated in the Gulf of Mexico. RMB Products used its rotational lining capabilities to install a HDPE liner with an antimicrobial agent into a carbon steel piping system of 16” diameter with dumping ports cut into the side of the caissons. The liner provides interior corrosion protection and prevents fouling of the pipe.
The caissons are used to remove produced water from the platform and are also exposed to seawater. They experience two types of corrosion which are aqueous corrosion and MIC corrosion. Additionally, sea life such as barnacles can grow on the bio layer formed on the piping and cause clogging. An offshore engineer recently told RMB Products, “this is a problem on every platform in the Gulf”. Removing this clogging at sea can be extremely expensive. RMB Product’s unique solution has the potential to save the industry millions of dollars. The HDPE protects against the aqueous corrosion while the anti-microbial will protect against MIC corrosion while preventing the biofilm from forming to prevent clogging. The platform operator is hopeful for a 40 year lifespan. RMB Products Inc used its vertical integration capabilities to perform all engineering, procurement, metal fabrication, lining and painting on the job. For previous success with an offshore application, please see RMB Products mentioned in the attached article from Offshore Magazine. If you would like to learn more about RMB Products’ HDPE/anti-microbial solution, they will be presenting a white paper at two NACE conferences this year. International Pipeline Coating Technology Conference NACE Corrosion 2017 RMB Product’s will be co-presenting with anti-microbial manufacturer, Advanced Nano Solutions