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51318-10933-Field cathodic protection study in the specific artic conditions of the Yamal gas carrier terminal project

The gas carrier terminal project is located on the Yamal peninsula on the Arctic Ocean. This quantitative study was to collect field data to define a corrosion protection system for carbon steel submerged structure and to forecast the related corrosion risks.

Product Number: 51318-10933-SG
Author: Nicolas Larché / Erwan Diler / Jean Vittonato / Sergey Shumovskiy
Publication Date: 2018
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For most projects, cathodic protection (CP) design can be performed using CP standards or existing data from literature and field feed-back. It was not the case for the particular environment of the YAMAL gas carrier terminal project, planned in Sabetta (Siberia - Federation of Russia). This particular area is located between the Kara sea and a river mouth in Yamal peninsula (Artic region). It involves very different conditions in terms of salinity, temperature, liquid/ice phases, all depending on icing/deicing seasons and on the water depth. These very specific conditions can hardly be simulated at laboratory scale and required a specific corrosion and CP study with measurements on site. The global aim of this quantitative study was to collect field data to help at defining an adapted corrosion protection system for carbon steel immerged structure (e. g. berths), and to forecast the related corrosion risks. Regarding the extreme conditions of the site, the main challenge was to design adapted arrays containing corrosion and CP sensors (to be deployed on site), to get representative quantitative data. All systems have been qualified at laboratory scale before use on field site. The deployment was successful and allowed getting actual polarization curves, and local initial corrosion data. In parallel, the stability of zinc galvanic anodes has been evaluated in this resistive environment. For both corrosion and CP data, different results have been highlighted for surface and bottom waters, and for ice & liquid phases. Modelling can now be used to assess the efficiency and select the CP system (i. e. galvanic anode or impressed current).

 Key words: cathodic protection, corrosion, carbon steel, gas carrier terminal berth, cold seawater, icing, field measurements, cathodic protection and corrosion sensors.

For most projects, cathodic protection (CP) design can be performed using CP standards or existing data from literature and field feed-back. It was not the case for the particular environment of the YAMAL gas carrier terminal project, planned in Sabetta (Siberia - Federation of Russia). This particular area is located between the Kara sea and a river mouth in Yamal peninsula (Artic region). It involves very different conditions in terms of salinity, temperature, liquid/ice phases, all depending on icing/deicing seasons and on the water depth. These very specific conditions can hardly be simulated at laboratory scale and required a specific corrosion and CP study with measurements on site. The global aim of this quantitative study was to collect field data to help at defining an adapted corrosion protection system for carbon steel immerged structure (e. g. berths), and to forecast the related corrosion risks. Regarding the extreme conditions of the site, the main challenge was to design adapted arrays containing corrosion and CP sensors (to be deployed on site), to get representative quantitative data. All systems have been qualified at laboratory scale before use on field site. The deployment was successful and allowed getting actual polarization curves, and local initial corrosion data. In parallel, the stability of zinc galvanic anodes has been evaluated in this resistive environment. For both corrosion and CP data, different results have been highlighted for surface and bottom waters, and for ice & liquid phases. Modelling can now be used to assess the efficiency and select the CP system (i. e. galvanic anode or impressed current).

 Key words: cathodic protection, corrosion, carbon steel, gas carrier terminal berth, cold seawater, icing, field measurements, cathodic protection and corrosion sensors.

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