(News Bulletin 247) – Solvay announces the opening of a new advanced microbiology laboratory in Oldbury, UK, to meet the needs of the energy sector and accelerate the analysis of problematic microbes to determine their impact on biofouling and corrosion.

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Microbial contamination of subsea pipelines, surface equipment, and oil tanks can lead to metal deterioration and the production of toxic gases, which can impact every component of an oil and gas field.

The lab will support Solvay’s first line of TOLCIDE biocides, which for more than 40 years have provided microbial control in applications for pipelines, drilling muds, completion fluids, well remediation, fracturing, flooding and industrial water treatment.

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‘This lab will support local customers in the North Sea and beyond by providing immediate answers to their technical questions,’ explains Renato De Paula, Business Development Manager and Lead Technical Advisor for Biocides. “Having this lab in the area will give customers confidence that we can get the analysis done quickly. ‘

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