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Pipeline Corrosion Prevention Methods for Oil and Natural Gas Lines

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Pipeline explosions over the years have alerted us to the consequence of pipeline corrosion. As a distributor of pipeline corrosion prevention products, I wanted to discuss successful corrosion prevention methods.

Successful methods to prevent corrosion in pipelines

Unprotected pipelines corrode, whether buried, aboveground or in water. Without implementing safety measures and having a corrosion control program, corrosion makes transporting hazardous material unsafe.

A successful corrosion control program is a never-ending practice. It begins with an efficient design and installation of the pipeline, executing corrosion control methods, and maintaining and monitoring the lines. Here are some of the techniques NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) recommends as part of a successful corrosion control program to protect oil and gas pipelines. Except for the last method, three of the four can be used on existing pipelines.

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Cathodic Protection

Cathodic protection (CP) is a method to control corrosion by using a direct electrical current which neutralizes external corrosion typically associated with metal pipe. It is generally used when a pipeline is buried underground or in water. When executed on a new pipeline, cathodic protection can prevent corrosion from the start. On an older pipeline, cathodic protection can impede existing corrosion of the line.

Coatings and Linings

gas pipeline corrosion prevention

Coatings and linings applied to pipelines whether above or below ground and often used in combination with cathodic protection. The Trenton Corporation produces efficient, long-lasting anticorrosion materials, including Wax-Tape® wraps, primers, outer wraps and hot-applied coatings. Fiber-reinforced polymers may also strengthen and repair pipes.

Corrosion Inhibitors

Corrosion inhibitors are compounds added to the upstream pipeline can inhibit the corrosion of carbon and low-alloy steel pipe.

Pipeline Material

Pipeline material used will also significantly influence corrosion. Using materials like plastic, stainless steel or special alloys enhance the lifetime of the pipeline, while steel or steel reinforced concrete is subject to corrosion.

Linc Energy Systems is a distributor of anti-corrosion materials and provides cathodic protection services. If you need assistance with your projects, submit a "request a quote" now.


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About The Author

Susan Bender started selling to the natural gas industry in 1980. In 1990 she founded Linc Energy Systems, where she remains as President and CEO. She attributes her success to her philosophy, “The customer is king (or queen),” which remains part of her company’s mission.


  • Guest
    loveday chinedu Ijeoma Sunday, 14 September 2014

    hw can I study the prevention of corrosion in pipeline with your company.because I am interested in the course,tho am an electrical electronics engineer.

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    Linda B. Tuesday, 16 June 2015

    I was shocked to learn that an oil pipeline's thickness is only 1/4" to 1/2". Considering that the pipes are made of carbon steel and iron, both of which rust like crazy, this seems unacceptable. If we can put a man on the moon, we can find a way to make safe oil pipelines.

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    corrosion inhibitor factory Monday, 07 November 2016

    Very good!I like this article,Please pay attention to our corrosion inhibitor factory.

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    Lusmari Fuentes López Friday, 16 February 2018

    Dear Susan, I would like to consult you with the following situation. I work at an oil industry, and we have some steel pipes which are not well preserved and will remain stored for at least a year. Our industry is located near the sea so it is urgent for us to apply the necessary anti-corrosive product ASAP. Please help us if possible. Thanks in advance for you assistance

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    Natural Gas Odorization Friday, 16 February 2018

    Lusmari the best way to handle this request is to email us at

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    WS Tuesday, 10 July 2018

    Insulation tape wrapping above-ground LPG flanges I understand is not the recommended practice, due to potential for corrosion underneath which could go unobserved. Agree? Is this specified in any standard or guideline?

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    Charlotte Clark Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Thanks For Sharing your views on Pipeline Corrosion, You have done a great job.
    I would like to add one more type which can also help in the prevention of Corrosion. Pigging Cycle is also useful order to prevent the pipeline from corrosion. It is an inspection technique in which devices referred to pigs are inserted in the pipeline to perform cleaning and inspection activities.

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    Charlotte Clark Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    Thanks For Sharing your views on methods to prevent pipeline corrosion. I would like to add another method to prevent corrosion from the pipeline.
    To prevent oxidation corrosion, you can also paint your pipes with an epoxy coating. Because pipelines are usually manufactured from high-quality steel, you need to protect the surface with a high-quality product.
    Thanks once again.

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