Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) is a major challenge for different process industries. Today it is managed in many ways, ranging from full removal of insulation to minimal maintenance including some inspection with insufficient non-destructive testing. These two extremes exhibit a lack of understanding and a lack of systematic approach in managing the CUI risk, globally.
The paper will describe the results from a recent (2017-2019) CUI Joint Industry Project (JIP) where the oil and gas industry in the North Sea area has established a methodology for managing the CUI threat. In this context managing the CUI threat involves risk assessment, risk mitigation, risk update and experience transfer in a systematic manner. The methodology assesses four CUI barriers: material, coating, water wetting and design.
DNV GL has made this methodology available for the industry in DNVGL-RP-G109 "Risk Based Management of Corrosion Under Insulation" Copyright © DNV AS. 2019 All rights reserved.
(1) issued in December 2019. The Recommended Practice is issued alongside a cloud-based web application, the "CUI Manager" Copyright © DNV AS. 2020 All rights reserved. (2) that ease and supports the implementation of the work process described in the RP. This web application can be aligned with individual company specific requirements, as well as solely rely on the DNV GL RP methodology, or use a combination of the two.