Protective Subsea Coatings Benefits

Cor-Pro Systems delivers excellent protective subsea coating services in Houston, Texas and nearby Gulf Coast areas.

The heightened demand put on offshore industries means that production and exploration assets are further pushed even harder to maximize profits.  This simply means that improving the lifespan of subsea equipment while operating in one of the most corrosive and harshest environments, such as saltwater, is crucial.

In the past decade alone, the subsea coatings industry met with many challenges, specifically in the areas of safety, health, and environmental controls.  Most of the anti-corrosion coatings are no longer suitable for use due to its hazardous nature (i.e. presence of coal tar pitch, red lead, and isocyanates).

As the protective subsea coatings industry ushers in the 21st century, manufacturers of coating agents and providers of corrosion protection services need to update their techniques and practices to ensure that they can provide the optimal protective subsea coatings benefits for their clients.

Having tested and updated protective subsea coating benefits the offshore industry by reducing unnecessary replacement costs and potential health and environmental hazards.

Cor-Pro, in its almost four decades of existence in the corrosion protection industry, partners with various industries, clients, and stakeholders to further identify and perfect their anti-corrosion techniques.  This ensures that the methods they use are effective, updated, and meets international standards.

Cor-Pro has highly trained and NACE-certified corrosion experts that participate in research and development to assist in disseminating reliable information about subsea corrosion and its damaging effects.

Read more about Cor-Pro’s Protective Subsea Coatings Benefits and Services to aid you in deciding about your corrosion protection solutions.

Protective Subsea Coatings Benefits: Would You Choose Short-Term Cost Or Long-Term Benefit?

Application of subsea coatings to protect offshore equipment is an important element in ensuring the structure can endure for its expected design life.

Despite the overall value of protective subsea coatings applied to an offshore structure is negligible when it comes to overall project cost, more often their use is curtailed to reduce construction cost.  Even though this may recoup some financial gain for new structure delivery, it still has a striking negative impact to the industry when it comes to maintenance and repair costs over the course of its service life.

Use of protective subsea coatings benefits owners and operators of offshore structures if they invest in it at the outset of the project.  Considering the protective coatings even during the design stage can yield financial benefits on a longer term.

Benefits of New Protective Subsea Coatings Technologies

  1. High Performance Top Coats

Even protective subsea coatings undergo technological advancements to maintain safer, more effective, and more affordable corrosion solutions.

Novel research and development yielded new resources that aids in providing performance benefit superior to traditional resources.

For example, organic coatings like polyurethanes and epoxies that degrade secondary to UV radiation exposure or chemical attack.  These organic coatings are inferior when compared to silicon-based inorganic coatings more resistant to these degradation processes.

Further, polysiloxane coatings that provide considerably enhanced resilience are much superior to conventional polyurethane coatings.  Take note, though, that polysiloxane coatings require proper modification with organic resins to offer superior coating performance such as toughness, adhesion to primers, and flexibility without costing so much.

Organic modifications of polysiloxane polymer provide inorganic backbones that enhance finish coat aesthetics and long-term durability.

Polysiloxane, when correctly formulated, provides short, medium, and long-term color and gloss retention.  It also has good abrasion and high impact resistance that reduces damage during its lifespan.  Its characteristic film flexibility permits application to structures where flexing movements is possible.

  1. Fire Protection

It is a mandatory requirement that offshore structures have provision for fire protection.  Thin coatings (5mm to 15mm) are intumescent materials that, once exposed to fire, can form a thick char that prevents heat transfer.

The prevention of heat transfer is one way of protecting against hydrocarbon pool and jet fires while retaining their fire performance through the structure’s service life.

Properly formulated epoxy intumescent materials are durable and hard, and provide excellent corrosion protection.  This is secondary to the high substrate adhesion and resistance to abrasion, impact, and vibration damage.

In addition, these coatings have compressive and high tensile strengths and outstanding weather resistance.  It is also easy to apply and its durability outweighs any cost advantage of any other coating system.  This is the main reason why epoxy intumescent materials are highly preferred than cement-based fire protection systems for offshore and subsea oil and gas exploration and production industry.

  1. Abrasion-resistant Splash-zone Coatings

Utilization of glass flake in high-solids epoxy coatings is one of the preferred solutions for long-term protection against most corrosive environments like those found in splash-zone coatings for underwater steelwork, offshore structures, hull structures on FPSO vessels, offload vessels, and floating storage.

Epoxy based glass flake are often used in these aggressive environments because of its durable material with superior abrasion, chemical, and solvent resistance.

They also work well with cathodic protection systems.

  1. Fouling Control

Around the world, offshore structures are in deeper and deeper seawater with varying temperatures.  An offshore platform may be in tropical waters like the Gulf of Mexico or in relatively cool seawaters such as the North Sea, where marine growth is inevitable.

Growth of barnacles on subsea areas of production structures can contribute a huge amount of weight, requiring addition of steel stiffeners.

Further, it is also crucial to protect the offshore riser piping from fouling growth because the weight of the riser pipe string and its fillings subjects the riser pipe under tremendous stress that may eventually break weld joints.

Protective Subsea Coatings By Cor-Pro Systems, Inc.

Cor-Pro provides protective subsea coatings through:

  • Epoxy Coatings
  • 1-Hour Cure Epoxies
  • Urethane Coatings
  • Zinc Primers
  • Enamels
  • Thermal-Cured Thin Film (Xylan, Ceramic, Metallic, Thin Film Epoxy Moly, etc)
  • Wear-Resistant Coatings
  • High Temperature Coatings
  • Abrasive Blasting (complete line of abrasive media available)
  • Alternative profile achievement for areas not allowing blast.

Cor-Pro Systems, Inc is OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 9001:2008 certified.  Both certification conferred by Verisys Registrars.

Velocity: Part Of Cor-Pro’s Commitment To The “Cor-Pro Gold Standard”

Corrosion protection is mandatory for subsea equipment and it is part of Cor-Pro’s commitment to provide protective subsea coatings benefits for industries with submerged equipment and components.  The company ensures that each corrosion protection system meets the highest standard of corrosion management – the “Cor-Pro’s Gold Standard.”

Velocity Service is Cor-Pro’s seal of quality service that guarantees each client will receive the superior corrosion management in a matter of hours.  Cor-Pro will provide quick service without compromising quality and excellence – a service that only Cor-Pro can provide.

About Cor-Pro Systems

Cor-Pro Systems is a company that specializes in protective subsea coatings in Houston, Texas and in the Gulf Coast.  The company, existing for almost 30 years, is known for its dedication of spreading awareness about corrosion, its harsh and damaging effects, and the various methods on how to mitigate it through careful and in-depth research and development.

The company values its clients and this is why Cor-Pro builds lasting and fruitful partnerships with stakeholders, partner industries, and clients to achieve a corrosion-free industry.

Get Superior Protective Subsea Coatings Houston From Cor-Pro Systems, Inc.

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