New Product Announcement: Graphene Paint Additive
Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) has launched a new paint additive formulated with graphene to protect steel structures against corrosion. ProShield+ can reportedly double the average lifespan of surface coating to last up to 16 years.
Developed in-house by Petronas, the additive has reportedly been proven to strengthen coatings’ resistance against harsh weather conditions and protect assets from corroding agents. According to the release, ProShield+ has been piloted and deployed at specific Petronas upstream and downstream assets.
The company reports that the formulation contains overall three times higher water barrier properties than conventional epoxy paint and helps to improve adhesion as well as resistance against abrasion and ultraviolet (UV). It has also shown up to three times more improvement in abrasion resistance than conventional epoxy paint.
It can be added to major paint systems without requiring any change to the existing blending process, applied the same way as other coats of paint.
“As a dynamic global player in the energy industry, Petronas is progressively stepping out and constantly pursuing innovation to address business pain points and sustainability concerns. ProShield+, Petronas’ first advanced material product, a result of dedicated research and development in advanced materials, is part of PETRONAS’ dynamic venture into growth areas to facilitate energy transition,” said Senior Vice President of Project Delivery and Technology Datuk Bacho Pilong.
Based on a simulated calculation, the application of ProShield+ to the structures can reduce overall carbon footprint by an average of 50% per platform per year and reduce maintenance spending of re-painting works by up to 66% per platform.
ProShield+ is reportedly now available for commercial orders.