A wide-spectrum of bacteria, including Sulphate Reducing Bacteria (SRB) and microbiological induced corrosion can now be eliminated from oil and gas pipelines as well as tanks, according to Swiss-based Sterilos Group.
In what is said to be a ground-breaking yet simple process that kills a whole host of bacteria without using harsh chemicals by using the natural effect, Bodo Schenk, Sterilos Group Sales Director, also confirmed that the process is ‘eco-friendly’.
“The new Sterilos mircosilver product can be especially helpful for the oil and gas industry due to its special coating which kills the SRB bacteria’s plus others forever because of the depot effect of the Sterilos products and this stops the corrosion. The oil and gas industry spends billions on corrosion every year and Sterilos microsilver products can avoid that,” he said (ahead of the Pipeline Technology in Hanover, march 28-30).
“Sterilos offers different systems for old and new pipelines including an additive, which can be used as an alternative to chemicals like THPS. Sterilos products are proven to be effective against previously multi-resistant germs and offer long-term anti-bacterial protection that is non-toxic and kind on the environment.”
Schenk explained that Sterilos microsilver products are able to swiftly bind with many others frequently used building and building-care materials, such as paint and varnish making it easy and convenient to apply.
“The effect is immediate, and what is revolutionary is that microsilver can be applied at any stage, even after a pipeline is finished or in operation by just painting it on.”
He confirmed that approved tests have found microsilver to be effective in stamping out micro-organisms when applied to walls, drywalls, wood, metal and metal building components such as pipelines, tanks, beams, trim, screws and even small items, such as nails.
“The Sterilos mircosilver coating is a no-brainer product that must be included in all new and existing pipelines and building specs,” he stated.
“We are showcasing to the region at Hannover pipeline technology exhibition, and visitors, industry professionals and builders will be able to see for themselves the power of the innovative Sterilos product line. Indeed, we are also ready to give specific advice, next to the oil & gas industry, on how to they can all effectively protect themselves and their community environments from germs, bacteria, odours and moulds. These can all be a thing of the past,” he concluded.
Sterilos is listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange (WKN: A1H7NC). Sterilos is showcased at the Hannover Pipeline Technology Conference (March 28-30, 2012).