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Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in the North Sea Energy Sector

A seminar under the umbrella of the COST action (CA20130 – European MIC Network – New paths for Science, Sustainability and Standards (Euro-MIC))

The Environmental Health Research Centre and the Marine and Carbon Laboratory are organising a seminar with Prof. Torben Lund Skovhus (VIA University College, Denmark) on failure analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) in the energy industry in the North Sea.

This seminar will cover the latest failure analysis theory on how to integrate MIC in failure investigations in the offshore energy industry in the North Sea. Three examples will be presented from the Danish and UK sector of the North Sea and the learnings will be discussed, with an emphasis on practical sampling preservation, shipment, and laboratory processing.

Case 1 describes the rupture of a water injection pipeline in the Danish Sector of the North Sea and what the operator learned from the incident. Case 2 describes an oil transmission system in the UK sector of the North Sea suffering from MIC. Case 3 describes a topside water injection system that suffered from MIC and how the investigation was carried out; from the spool samples left the offshore platform in the Danish sector of the North Sea following it to the shore base and onwards to the specialist materials and microbiology laboratories.

These field cases highlight the importance of stronger emphasis on risk assessment models including MIC, industry standards and training of personnel, when it comes to understanding, mitigating and managing MIC and biofouling in the energy industry.

Finally, the presentation will give the latest news on the current and future activities in the newly formed COST Action CA20130 – “European MIC Network: New paths for science, sustainability and standards”.


Prof. Torben Lund Skovhus
VIA University College, Denmark

Torben Lund Skovhus is Docent and Project Manager at VIA University College in the Centre of Applied Research and Development in Building, Energy and Environment, Denmark. He graduated from Aarhus University, Denmark, in 2002 with a master’s degree (cand.scient.) in biology. In 2005 he earned a PhD from the Department of Microbiology, Aarhus University. In 2005, Torben was employed at Danish Technological Institute (DTI) in the Centre for Chemistry and Water Technology, where he was responsible for the consultancy activities for the oil and gas industry around the North Sea. Torben was heading DTI Microbiology Laboratory while he was developing several consultancy and business activities with the oil and gas industry. He founded DTI Oil and Gas in both Denmark and Norway, where he was team and business development leader for five years. Thereafter Torben worked as project manager at DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas) in the field of corrosion management in both Bergen and Esbjerg. Torben is currently of NACE/AMPP SC-22 on Biodeterioration and ISMOS TSC, an organization he cofounded in 2006. He is an international scientific reviewer and the author of 100+ technical and scientific papers and book chapters related to industrial microbiology, applied biotechnology, corrosion management, oilfield microbiology, water treatment and safety, reservoir souring, and biocorrosion. He is coeditor of Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oilfield Systems (Springer, 2011); 3rd International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems (Elsevier, 2013); Applications of Molecular Microbiological Methods (Caister Academic Press, 2014); Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry (CRC Press, 2017), Oilfield Microbiology (CRC Press, 2019) and Failure Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (CRC Press, 2021). Torben was honored with the NACE Technical Achievement Award in 2020 for his outstanding work in international MIC Research and Education.

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