The monitoring program used in the Danish Sector of the North Sea to manage microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) risk assessment for seven pipelines. Quantitative data on microbial activity was obtained from pigging debris using real-time polymerase chain reaction of MIC-causing microorganisms.
To study the effect of repeated biocide treatments to mitigate microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), we used a Center for Disease Control (CDC) biofilm reactor to generate and remediate corrosive biofilms on carbon steel coupons grown from a produced water sample from a salt water disposal (SWD).
MIC-causing microorganisms were investigated in a 16” diameter and 9.6 km long injection water pipeline. Nitrate was added to the water and pigging debris from the pipeline showed that both sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB), nitrate-utilizing bacteria, and methanogens were present in numbers of 105 – 106 cells/g.