Corrosion is a source of worry mostly for the oil and gas industry and maritime industry in Nigeria and worldwide. It inhibits standards of oil pipelines, tanks, tanker vessels, cargo vessels, and other port equipment. Billions of Naira and Dollar are spent annually by operators to protect their wares against corrosion.
It is a natural phenomenon that can’t be stopped or eradicated totally. But oil and gas and maritime hardware can be protected against it by standards paints.
Respite has come for operators in these two crucial economic sectors of the nation’s economy as the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has reiterated its commitment to inhibit corrosion with the adoption of no fewer than 35 standards.
The standards include the following: ISO 3233-1 2019 part 1-3 paints and varnishes Determination of percentage volume of non-volatile matter, IS0 19097-1 2018 part 1 -2 Accelerated Life Test method of Mixed Metal Oxide Anode for Catholic Protection, ISO 13847: 2013 Petroleum and natural gas industries- pipelines transportation systems to name but a few.
The Director-General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim made this known at a recent Technical Committee (TC) meeting for Corrosion Inhibition Standards at the SON Ogba laboratory complex, Lagos.
Salim, represented by Group Head Chemtech Mrs. Theresa Ojomo, said the Technical Committee meeting was for the adoption of 35 ISO Standards for Nigerian use and its benefits were enormous for the Nigerian oil and gas industry and maritime industry.
He maintained that the meeting was also relevant to harmonise practices in these various sectors of the economy.
Acknowledging and appreciating the dedication of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman of the working group, the Nigerian Corrosion Association, and other stakeholders, Salim added that the purpose of the (TC) meeting was also to capture details on standard requirements for metal corrosion inhibition, enhance regulation, certification, and speedy service delivery in the sector, thereby adding value and generating revenue for the economy.
According to him, “all the standards adopted are expected to be forwarded for approval by the Nigeria Standard Council for the certification of professionals in the sector and by extension foster trade as well as strengthen the national capacity to benefit from trading in standard products under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA).” Attendants included stakeholders and experts from the Nigerian Corrosion Association (NICA), the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mabok Intl Ltd, the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCHE), Nigerian Institute of Metallurgical Material & Mining Engineering (NIMMME), etc.