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If water is present in acid gases, the conditions may be very corrosive. Low alloy steels are commonly utilized in "dry" Acid Gas Injection wells that are designed to be "water free".
Corrosion resistant alloys rely upon the presence of a passive chromium oxide film on the surface to provide corrosion protection.
CO2 is the most common source of general corrosion in oil and gas production. In the presence of water, CO2 forms carbonic acid which is corrosive.
Galvanic corrosion occurs when two dissimilar metals are in contact in the presence of an electrolyte.
When handling austenitic, super duplex & nickel based alloys, special care should be taken to avoid contact with other non-corrosion resistant materials such as contaminated metal inspection tables, metal forks, chains, and cables.
H2S corrosion in the presence of tensile stress may result in catastrophic failure as a result of hydrogen embrittlement by mechanisms such as Sulfide Stress Cracking (SSC) and Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC).
Corrosion is a concern in the presence of water, especially in an offshore seawater environment where there is a higher potential for oxygen contamination.
API 5CRA provides detailed testing requirements for satisfaction of the specification. The testing requirements vary by group, or alloy family. This article summarizes the testing requirements for Groups 2, 3 and 4.
The document too frequently referred to simply as “NACE”, was first issued in 1975 by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, now known as NACE International.