Way Ahead In Corrosion Control

CP simulation on North Sea platform

CP modeling was used to provide a depolarization timeline

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CP modeling was used to provide a depolarization timeline and identify an efficient retrofit date.

Deepwater was asked to evaluate the remaining lifetime of the CP system of an older North Sea jacket platform in 130m seawater. The jacket was shown to have acceptable potentials and had outperformed its predicted life from a prior simulation. Of key interest to the client was the necessity and timing of a CP retrofit to meet their life-extension goals. A data-driven modeling approach was used to evaluate the remaining CP life and plan a future retrofit. 

The model geometry was built in 3D CAD software based on data files and structural drawings received from the client. In addition to the jacket, geometry for all appurtenances submerged in seawater or buried in the seabed (J-tubes, caissons and foundation piles) are represented. 

A 3rd party Multiphysics engine served as the host for Deepwater’s custom electrochemical model. An internally consistent subset of past CP survey data was used to optimize model parameters, enabling forward-looking predictions not otherwise possibleThe model was then time-resolved to predict local structure potentials, anode mass loss and current output simultaneously. 

The model predicted that some regions of the jacket would no longer meet protection criteria within the next 5 years and a retrofit would be needed to extend the life of the corrosion protection system. A retrofit CP system was designed and qualified with the model to provide the desired life extension.   

The model demonstrated the value of earlier installation of the retrofit system. A retrofit in advance of significant depolarization takes advantage of the remaining calcareous deposits and platform anodes to great effect. The model predicts retrofit costs to double after 5 years and triple after 7, so the advance warning can be a potential source of significant cost savings for the operator.


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