In many offshore oil and gas projects under development, the pipeline costs are a considerable part of the investment and can become prohibitively high if the corrosivity of the fluid necessitates the use of corrosion resistant alloys instead of carbon steel. Development of more robust and reliable methods for internal corrosion control can increase the application range of carbon steel and therefore have a large economic impact. Corrosion control of carbon steel pipelines has traditionally often been managed by the use of corrosion inhibitors. The pH stabilization technique has been successfully used for corrosion control of several large wet gas condensate pipelines in the last few years. Precipitation of scale and salts in the pipeline and process equipment creates further challenges when formation water is produced. Different corrosion prediction models are used in the industry to assess the corrosivity of the transported fluid. An overview of the present models is given together with a link to fluid flow modeling.

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