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Regulator endorses updated EI corrosion management guidance

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which regulates the oil and gas industry in the UK, has endorsed the EI’s updated Guidance for corrosion management in oil and gas production and processing.

Used by professionals the world over as the de facto standard for managing the impact of corrosion on daily operations and in prolonging the life of assets, the new edition has been significantly expanded with annexes detailing corrosion mechanisms and illustrative case studies to help practitioners apply agreed good practice in their corrosion management systems and procedures.

Speaking at a launch event in Aberdeen, Louise Atkin, Principal Specialist Inspector – Materials and Corrosion at the HSE, said:‘Corrosion presents a serious asset integrity threat to offshore production and processing facilities, and so as a regulator we need to have confidence that good practices are being observed to achieve regulatory compliance. The EI’s guidance is a great example of the industry rising to this challenge.’

EI Technical Director Martin Maeso MEI also spoke at the event, saying: ‘The unique value of the EI’s approach is that it brings industry together in a spirit of collaboration and fosters links between the sector and regulators. We’re grateful for the HSE’s continued endorsement and support in this endeavour, which gives this publication real credibility.’

The guidance is available at

A new online eLearning course on Corrosion Under Insulation, providing the foundational knowledge and competency required for visual inspection of asset integrity threats, has also been released. Register for the course at

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