Closing NeSSIE project on corrosion in harsh environments

The fight against corrosion is a major cost driver, especially in harsh environments such as the North Sea. The NeSSIE project has been and is still contributing in this fight through the development of three demonstration projects for anti-corrosion solutions, focussed on offshore renewable energy (ORE) devices.

Sirris has provided valuable input to the project, representing Belgian companies with a growing interest in the offshore energy sector, and will continue to develop the knowledge and experience gained in setting up an effective corrosion management strategies.

The closing conference of the NeSSIE project took place in Brussels on 24 April. The conference started with an overview of the NeSSIE project. One of the key outputs was a review study on corrosion prevention solutions for offshore structures and devices, to which Sirris provided a major contribution. A large number of company surveys were conducted by both Sirris and other project partners to identify the challenges faced by project developers, as well as commercially available anti-corrosion solutions from ‘traditional’ sectors, which have the potential to be used in the ORE sector. In a later stage of the project, three selected project developers were brought in contact with solution providers in order to draft the outlines of the demonstration projects. This was of great value to both the solution providers, who have gained access to a market which is difficult to enter, and to project developers, who said they discovered potential solutions they would otherwise never have thought of.

An economic opportunity study was also conducted and reported, in order to identify the potential economic gains for both project developers and solution providers. Along with this study, a roadmap setting the way forward was created. All reports, including the review study, are available on request, free of charge.

Three demonstration projects

The final deliverable of the NeSSIE project was the development of three investable demonstration projects. In an earlier blog, the three demonstration projects have already been described in short. The EMEC demonstration case will focus on investigating the use of drones for inspection of wave energy devices and peripheral equipment installed at the EMEC test site in Scotland. Simec Atlantis is considering an optimisation of the corrosion management in the development of tidal turbines, including cathodic protection, coatings, corrosion protection of maintenance hatches and the use of continuous monitoring systems. Windfarm operator SSE will look at the use of innovative coatings and other corrosion prevention methods for secondary steel components in the splash zone and major components in the turbine.

Technological support

Through its participation in the project Sirris could provide a major contribution in terms of technological support: understanding the challenges faced by the industry and critically evaluating existing anti-corrosion solutions. The value chain for anti-corrosion solutions for offshore devices and structures was also mapped both in Belgium and other regions in Europe, which is a valuable source of information for companies  involved in the sector. Thanks to the cooperation with the Innovative Business Network Offshore Energy (IBN-OE), which is coordinated by Sirris, the Belgian offshore value chain was closely involved in the studies.  As a result several Belgian companies are still involved in the further development of the demonstration projects.

Future

The NeSSIE project allowed Sirris to further develop its knowledge on corrosion management in harsh environments. Corrosion management includes all steps, starting from design for corrosion protection, over prevention, inspection and monitoring, to maintenance and repair.
With the NeSSIE project being finalised, Sirris will continue to look for opportunities for cross fertilisation to other sectors faced with severe corrosion challenges such as steel infrastructures, process industry and agriculture. Sirris focusses on assisting companies with developing a cost effective corrosion management approach based on a combination of preventive measures and monitoring techniques where economically and technologically feasible.

Interested? Contact us to learn more about the NeSSIE project or to discuss opportunities in the field of corrosion management.