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Pan-Canadian Collaborative Research Project to Investigate Pipeline Corrosion Caused by Microbial Activity

Edmonton Journal, December 15, 2016

Two Alberta universities are part of a pan-Canadian collaborative research project to investigate pipeline corrosion caused by microbial activity. The four-year project, set to begin in January, received $7.8 million in funding Thursday through the Genome Canada 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition. Microbiologically influenced corrosion is believed to be responsible for at least 20% of an estimated $3 - $7 billion in maintenance, repairs, and replacement stemming from corrosion of steel infrastructure in the oil and gas industry. 

By bringing this multidisciplinary focus to this problem, it is hoped that this research will lead to a better understanding of the breadth of microbes responsible for microbial corrosion, and will help academia and industry develop improved solutions to rapidly identify and mitigate this form of corrosion globally,” said John Wolodko, an associate professor and Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair in Bio and Industrial Materials at the University of Alberta.

 

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