Oil & Gas

Themal spray coatings for the oil and gas industry

The oil and gas industy have been using metal spray (or sometimes referred to as thermal spray) coatings for decades.

Applications fall into two categories, corrosion protection coatings and engineering coatings.

Corrosion protection coatings are typically applied by either flame spray or arc spray (sometimes referred to as the twin wire arc spray process).

Coating materials are commonly thermal spray aluminium (TSA), thermal spray zinc/aluminium (TSZA) or sometimes thermal spray zinc (TSZ).  The selection of these materials depends on the environment and the life expectancy to first maintenance.

TSA coatings have been used in the battle against Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) for over 30 years and many coating projects still happening today.

Engineering coatings can be applied by all of the thermal spray and cladding processes and would normally change the surface properties of the object sprayed.

Engineering coatings in the oil and gas field are commonly applied to improve wear or chemical resistance such as HVOF applied Tungsten Carbide coatings or arc spray Inconel 625.

The choice of coating materials and equipment is very varied and Metallisation would be pleased to discuss your specific application in detail.

The video above shows a common application for corrosion protection.  The operators are applying Thermal Spray Aluminium (TSA) by the flame spray process.

Case Studies

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Off Shore Oil Platform Protected by Thermal Sprayed Aluminium (TSA) Coating Solution

Reason for use: Long term corrosion protection of offshore oil platform structure Download PDF Metallisation customer, Gardwell Coatings Limited, based in East Anglia, has applied Thermal Sprayed Aluminium (TSA) to an offshore oil platform to protect the structure from corrosion, using Metallisation MK73 flame spray equipment. Gardwell Coatings Limited The off shore oil platform has been designed and constructed by SLP Engineering the UKs most experienced EP(I)C company. SLP commissioned Gardwell Coatings to metal spray the structure, which will be erected in the North…

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Metallisation MK73 uses Thermal Sprayed Aluminium (TSA) to Protect Offshore Oil Platforms From Corrosion

Reason for use: Corrosion protection over long-term in harsh off-shore environment Download PDF Related Products MK73-FS Wire Flame View Product Metallisation flamespray equipment has been used to protect a BP Clair Ridge offshore oil platform from corrosion. The 168 metre high platform will be installed in the North Sea west of the Shetland Isles. Clair Ridge jackets have seven storage tanks, two drill water tanks and a base oil tank, in the Drilling Production (DP) jacket, and four diesel tanks…

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Using TSA to Protect Pipelines from Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)

Reason for use: Cost effective corrosion protection against aggressive corrosion under insulation (CUI) Related Products MK73-FS Wire Flame View Product Deflected Flame Spray Extension View Product In the petrochemical industry Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) in pipeline systems consumes a significant percentage of the maintenance budget. A large portion of this money is spent on expensive items such as external piping inspection, insulation removal and re-installation, painting and pipe replacements. CUI prevention strategies provide long term and reliable prevention of CUI…

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Application Data Sheets

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Arcsprayed Anti-spark Coating on Crane Hooks

Reason for use: To remove the potential for sparking between two steel components Download PDF Related Products Arcspray 145/S345-CL View Product Arcspray 340(16)-PLC View Product In the Oil, Gas and Petro-Chemical Industries or the storage of munitions, there is always a very high risk of fire or explosion due to spark hazard. The sparks often being caused by friction between two steel components. By using the Metallisation Arcspray Process, it is possible to remove this major source of spark hazard…

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Protection of Iron and steel at Elevated Temperatures

Reason for use: Protection of Iron and steel at Elevated Temperatures Download PDF Related Products Arcspray 145/S345-CL View Product Arcspray 340(16)-PLC View Product Arcspray 528E(16)-ICC View Product Unprotected iron and steel surfaces oxidise and corrode rapidly at elevated temperatures in the presence of industrial atmospheres, hot gases and condensation products. Experience within the Metallisation Group has shown that nickel-chromium alloys and/or aluminium coatings give protection and increase the life expectancy of steelwork up to temperatures as high as 1200°C. Because oxidation…

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Flamesprayed Anti-Spark Coating on Crane Hooks

Reason for use: To remove the potential for sparking between two steel components Download PDF Related Products MK61-FS Wire Flame View Product In the Oil, Gas and Petro-Chemical Industries or the storage of munitions, there is always a very high risk of fire or explosion due to spark hazard. The sparks often being caused by friction between two steel components. By using the Metallisation Flamespray Process, it is possible to remove this major source of spark hazard by applying a…

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