KBC and OLI Systems to Mitigate Corrosion and Scaling Problems Across the Oil And Gas Industry

By Tim Shea

Acquisition or Partnership

KBC (A Yokogawa Company) is extending its Petro-SIM simulation capabilities through its partnership with OLI Systems, a player in electrolyte thermodynamics and physical property modeling.  The combined software solution will provide the ability to create a system-wide electrolyte digital twin of entire assets.  The digital twin will provide real-time prediction of corrosion, scaling, and fouling for upstream oil and gas producers, oil refiners, and petrochemical plants, enabling operators to enhance asset safety, reliability and profitability.

According to NACE, the worldwide corrosion authority, corrosion has caused the upstream offshore production and refining industries USD 65 billion/year in financial loss.  They recommend that operators implement a corrosion management system, which can reduce the cost of corrosive damage by 15-35%.  Incorporating a rigorous, asset-wide predictive digital twin is vital for achieving these reductions.

The integration of the OLI Alliance Engine v10 with Petro-SIM v7.1 will allow engineers to simulate entire seawater containing systems where corrosion and scaling commonly occur.  The asset-wide electrolyte digital twin will predict the formation of solids that cause fouling in heat exchangers, scaling in process lines, and corrosion problems throughout process units.

Petro-SIM 7.1 with the OLI Alliance Engine is now available.  


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