Biocorrosion or microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) is a major problem in the oil and gas industry. Biofilms are the culprits of MIC. In this work, D-amino acids were used to enhance two biocides, alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride (ADBAC) and tributyl tetradecyl phosphonium chloride (TTPC), to treat a field biofilm consortium on C1018 carbon steel coupons.
This study describes a laboratory test system which was specifically developed to assess the ability of biocides to lower microbial corrosion rates. It was found that the common oilfield biocides THPS and glutaraldehyde, dosed at concentrations of 300 ppm for 4 hours weekly over 5 weeks, could reduce MIC rates from 109.7 mpy to as low as 4.3 mpy