Research

RP3.3-05: Prototyping and demonstrating a new pipeline corrosion control technology

Executive Summary

This project aims at demonstrating a new pipeline corrosion control technology through a working prototype. The technology is the first that has been shown in laboratory experiments to be able to minimise the most serious corrosion threat to buried energy pipelines, i.e. corrosion under disbonded coatings (CUDC), as well as control stray current corrosion. The CUDC is currently identified by the pipeline industry to be a prime and major corrosion issue that cannot be mitigated by cathodic protection (CP) and cannot be detected by normal inspection means other than expensive pigging and dig-up operations.

Prototyping and demonstration of this technology is a critical step in developing it towards a practical product for industry application, and in assessing its suitability for emerging and existing markets.

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Commencement / End Date February 2021 to April 2022
Outcomes / Impact

This proposed technology and its associated tools when successfully developed and demonstrated, is expected to create a significant change in fuel network lifecycle management by addressing the prime corrosion issue in the pipeline industry with more than 39,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission pipelines. 

Partners APA Group, Deakin University, Jemena, CCE, AusNet, ROSEN, SEA Gas, Energy Safe Victoria and independent consultants
Research Contact

Dr Fari Mahdavi

Research Program Coordinator

fariba.mahdavi@futurefuelscrc.com