Oil & Gas Industry

Protecting a pressurized gas pipeline system from leaks and corrosion and minimizing downtime are among the most important responsibilities that oil and gas companies have. According to the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International, corrosion alone costs the industry over $1.3 billion a year.

If oxygen (O2) is present in a sample gas, it means that there is a leak in the pressurized pipeline system. And if this leak remains undetected, the problem can worsen and continue to impact the operational flow efficiency of the pipeline. Additionally, if the gas sample inside the pipeline contains hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2), all 3 gases can combine and form a very corrosive and destructive mixture that can deteriorate the wall thickness from the inside out. Unless treated, this corrosion will continue to spread, create more damage and shorten the pipeline’s life. Eventually, the damage reaches a point where there is significant risk of a rupture or potential explosion.

Companies operating in the Oil & Gas Industry must contend with enormous costs caused by repairs and downtime. And this steep cost is what serves as the driving force behind preventative action. Monitoring for leaks is one of the most effective approaches in extending the life of a pressurized pipeline system. Using a highly accurate and reliable PPM oxygen analyzer will tell you if trace amounts of oxygen from the outside environment has entered the gas pipeline system, indicating the presence of a leak. Companies can also take a proactive step in corrosion prevention by measuring for trace amounts of hydrogen sulfide in their sample gas.

Advanced Micro Instruments offers the industry’s leading solutions for trace gas measurements because our trace analyzers contain the most innovative technologies for unmatched performance, accuracy and reliability. Our high-performance analyzers are compact and extremely rugged. They are available in both permanent mount and portable configurations, and we have several models with CSA approvals meeting: Class 1, Div. 1 Groups B,C,D requirements in a flammable gas stream. Using our trace analyzers in your application will help prevent the formation of the corrosive mixture, extend the life of your infrastructure and significantly increase the level of safety for everyone.

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