A nearly $600,000 investment in corrosion research will benefit the oil, gas, marine and other industries subjected to Canada's harsh Arctic environment.
The Research and Development Corporation (RDC) of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada has announced plans to invest $598,000 to build research and development capacity and expertise in corrosion research.
Established in 2009 under the Research and Development Council Act, RDC is responsible for providing leadership in working with business, academia, government and other R&D stakeholders in Canada's easternmost province.
"Corrosion of equipment off shore and on shore is a major concern for oil and gas producers, ship owners and others," said Glenn Janes, CEO of RDC.
Activity and global interest in the Arctic are increasing as the region becomes more accessible and new opportunities emerge for economic growth and development, a Canadian official says.
"To diversify our R&D landscape, Newfoundland and Labrador must invest in the expertise, research and infrastructure required to address these needs, locally and globally."
The project includes $350,000 for a new R&D test site in Argentia, Newfoundland, and $248,000 for an R&D project to model corrosion under insulation. That effort will be led by Memorial University researcher Faisal Khan in conjunction with Husky Energy.
Husky Energy and Memorial University's School of Graduate Studies are contributing an additional $126,000 to the project. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Husky Energy is one of Canada's largest integrated energy companies.
"Activity and global interest in the Arctic is increasing as the region becomes more accessible and new opportunities emerge for economic growth and development," said Susan Sullivan, Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and Minister Responsible for the Research & Development Corporation.
Khan's research, the first project conducted at the site, will develop a model to determine the CUI rate in harsh environments and help anticipate maintenance needs on subsea pipelines and other equipment.
RDC's test site in Argentia will help assess coatings and materials performance in a real-world environment. Researchers and businesses will use the facility to evaluate the detection, measurement and analysis of asset integrity issues such as corrosion in harsh operating environments.
The site will include a test apparatus for CUI, coatings performance research and other research activities, a meteorological tower, exposure racks, security fencing, and data acquisition and communications equipment.
"With this funding we have an opportunity to develop world-class facilities and expertise in corrosion research and testing, which is an important step in placing the province as a real world laboratory for Arctic and harsh environment research," Sullivan said.