The University of Oklahoma has joined forces with the Upstream Drilling and Production section of ConocoPhillips to ensure our nation's energy infrastructure is robust with the creation of a new Biocorrosion Center within the OU Institute for Energy and Environment.
Larry R. Grillot, dean of the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, says the collaboration with ConocoPhillips in this area demonstrates OU's continuing commitment to work closely with industry to address a broad range of energy issues through multidisciplinary studies.
The Center will give OU researchers an opportunity to work closely with ConocoPhillips to develop new technologies to manage biocorrosion in the nation's pipelines, storage facilities, separators, tankers and refineries.
ConocoPhillips will provide start-up funding for the Center, but other major oil companies and entities will be invited to participate in the financial support of these efforts. Center researchers will explore the fundamental scientific issues that lead to new knowledge, understanding and technology for the diagnosis, mitigation and prevention of biocorrosion problems and fuel biodeterioration.
Joseph Suflita, Center director, says he is pleased to collaborate with ConocoPhillips to bring the talents of OU to bear on the relatively poorly understood but critically important issue of biocorrosion in the oil and gas sector.
One of the leading causes of hazardous material discharges to the environment is the corrosive failure of energy equipment. This is the same infrastructure relied on for the transport of next generation fuels. Suflita says, "We must explore ways to maintain the integrity of equipment and prevent environmental releases in the first place."
Gary Jenneman, corrosion management supervisor at ConocoPhillips, says that the collaboration with OU is unique. "While there are many corrosion centers around the world, there are few that specifically fo
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