In the Oil and Gas industry, corrosion is typically defined as the destructive attack of a metal through its interaction with downhole tubulars, oil and gas pipelines and process equipment.
Bacteria in oilfield systems can cause Microbial Influenced Corrosion (MIC) and souring due to the generation of hydrogen sulfide by sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB). The presence of acid producing bacteria (APB) are also corrosive.Â Plugging can also occur due to slime formation as these bacteria form extracellular material that surrounds bacteria cells.
In addition, hydrogen sulfide is highly corrosive, and the by-product of corrosion is iron sulfide scale that accelerates under-deposit corrosion. Hydrogen sulfide is toxic and ranks as the second most deadly naturally occurring gas.
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