Cost Optimization Session
 
17 August, Wednesday - Sabah Room - 10:45pm - 12:30pm

Chair : Sandy Williamson, NACE International

A Study On The Application of Modern Corrosion Resistant Alloys in The Upstream Oil and Gas Industry – Cost Optimization

17 August, Wednesday - Sabah Room - 10:50am - 11:20am

Bio of Speaker

Abstract

Oil and gas operators are trying to catch up with increasing world oil and gas demand against a background that ‘easy’ oil and gas resources are diminishing. Extracting oil and gas from old fields by Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), developing marginal, High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT), sour and offshore deep water fields have become much more common in today’s efforts to match production with demand. All of these are areas where production is expensive and optimizing spend is very important to operators. 

Optimizing Modern Technology of Remote Monitoring and Control for Reliable and Cost Effective Operations & Maintenance

17 August, Wednesday - Sabah Room - 11:25am - 11:55am

Bio of Speaker

Abstract

Name:  Ahmad Shamiri Bin Wahab
Title / Position:  Technical Manager
Company:  Mach3 Engineering Sdn Bhd
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Ahmad Shamiri Wahab an Electrical Engineering graduate from University of Technology Malaysia is now a certified NACE CP Technologist with more than 9 years working experience in Cathodic Protection. He is currently the Technical Manager at Mach3 Engineering Sdn Bhd leading a team of CP engineers and technicians. Previously, Shamiri has spent 3 years as an Electrical Engineer in the automotive and oil & gas industries.
                                  
At present of his work covers Cathodic Protection system for the Oil & Gas, Power and Water Industries, which takes him around South East Asia. The cathodic protection works that he involved in not limited to, are CP system designs, audits and analysis, Direct Current Voltage Gradient (DCVG) survey, Close Interval Potential Survey, Interference and CP system troubleshooting, Testing & Commissioning and CP Training.
 
Shamiri is also very much involved in the local NACE Founding Malaysia Section (FMS) as one of the general committee members.
​In today’s world where we are exposed to the abundance of technological choices, ranging from handheld mobile devices, to the high speed internet with large bandwidths; resulting in our lives being made easier. Some may beg to differ; however, taking advantage of the capabilities available, we are able to communicate with operators or customers and even with our own assets far and wide, by the touch of a button, dialing into some portal. Almost everything is on “live feed”. Take for example; the operation of an impressed cathodic protection system is often viewed as a tedious process, involving trained, capable and qualified personnel, traversing through remote sites. These sites can be rugged, mountainous, swampy, or terrain filled with forbidding plantlife as well as extremely high security areas such as army training grounds, and airports where access for operations and maintenance personnel becomes a challenge. The latest technology of advanced assessment techniques with the combination of utilizing remote monitoring and control systems, operation and maintenance of our assets and cathodic protection systems can be performed in a more efficient, reliable way while at the same time achieving cost reduction goals. All the installed devices are traceable with individual GPS coordinates and individual IP addresses. All the data can be retrieved by simply sitting in our offices via a dedicated website/data base through the GSM network/ internet communication method. This paper will present one major aspect, which is acquisition of cathodic protection data from the site, including output voltages, current and pipe to soil potentials while reducing manpower deployment, increased safety to personnel, increase accuracy of data, minimized logistical challenges, while optimizing cost.

Qualified Workforce as Prerequisite for Minimising the Cost of Corrosion

17 August, Wednesday - Sabah Room - 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Bio of Speaker

Abstract

Name: Thomas L. Ladwein
Title / Position:  
Company:  Aalen Universitry of Applied Science

  • studied chemistry and metal physics
  • holds Dipl.-Chemiker and Dr.rer.nat. (PhD in science) degrees from University of Münster, Germany
  • has 20+ years industrial experience in metallurgy and corrosion, 17 years thereof in several positions in R&D, application engineering and technical marketing of the stainless steel division of the Thyssen group
  • worked on superaustenitic (non-magnetic), duplex and supermartensitic stainless steels and their applications
  • since spring 2003 full time professor for electrochemistry, corrosion, corrosion control and tribology at Aalen University of Applied Sciences, Aalen, Germany
  • research focus on CRAs with emphasis on functional surface properties, duplex and supermartensitic steels and  microelectrochemical approaches in corrosion research
  • currently Director of NACE European Area and member of the NACE Boad of Directors
  • recipient of the 2011 Herbert H. Uhlig Award for corrosion education from NACE International
​Preventing and mitigating corrosion issues can be achieved through numerous technical approaches. An important and often overlooked factor is to have the engineers and technicians who understand all the fundamental as well as the hands on aspects of corrosion in order to select the optimum ad most cost effective solution.