MICROBIAL INFLUENCED CORROSION
Does this pitting look familiar?
During oil and gas operations, steel pipeline networks are subjected to different corrosion deterioration mechanisms, one of which is MIC. The MIC process starts with the attachment microorganisms to a metal surface that lead to the formation of the biofilm and subsequently results in metal deterioration.
MIC accounts for 40% of all corrosion
Microbially Influenced Corrosion (MIC)
has devastating effects on oil and gas, marine, and other structures and accounts for billions of dollars in damage and maintenance each year.
MIC is the corrosion due to the repercussion of direct feeding bacteria. Some bacteria such as SRBs can even cause devastating damage and failure in steel through their production of sulfur byproducts.
MIC-Guard was developed with MIC in mind. MIC-Guard is capable of stopping MIC at the source by eliminating bacteria before they have the opportunity to reproduce and propagate throughout a system. MIC-Guard has a proven track record of eliminating bacteria and biofilm growth through a more permanent solution. While many other biocides must be introduced to the system on a regular basis, MIC-Guard can be directly mixed into many different materials and coatings in order to provide a long-term prevention method.
These bacteria can thrive in even the harshest environments living on the interface of water and oil.
While MIC has shown its hand in accounting for damage in industries from aviation to marine structures, few long-term solutions have been developed to address it.