Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in  the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry

An Intensive 5-day Training Course

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in
the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry

Corrosion Management Applications in
MIC Mitigation in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry

Scheduled Dates


29 Apr - 03 May 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT


29 Apr - 03 May 2024 Online $3,950 RESERVE A SEAT

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Why Choose this Training Course?

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is one of the most insidious integrity threats not only to the upstream oil and gas assets, but also to the associated reservoirs. Poor and inadequate MIC mitigation therefore results both in asset equipment deterioration and reservoir souring and plugging. Furthermore, MIC deterioration rates could reach several millimeters per year. Consequently, once bacterial contamination is introduced into the system, MIC could produce corrosion leaks and failures in a very short period of time.

Therefore, it is of paramount importance to appreciate how and where bacteria grow, what their metabolism reactions are and how they could render their living environment a corrosive one. More importantly it is equally important to appreciate what the best techniques are for assessing bacterial populations and Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion and then how to control and mitigate them.

This PetroKnowledge training course has been based on extensive field experience in various continents and regions and offers various best practices in MIC monitoring, assessment and mitigation from around the world. Furthermore, the training course also demonstrates how the corrosion management concept could be utilized to significantly enhance Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion control and mitigation in any upstream oil and gas asset exposed to MIC.

What are the Goals?

By the end of this PetroKnowledge training course, participants will learn to:

  • Appreciate the MIC deterioration mechanisms encountered in the upstream oil and gas industry
  • Appreciate the basic required conditions for bacterial growth
  • Design and utilise various bacterial and MIC monitoring techniques
  • Implement various MIC mitigation solutions
  • Utilise corrosion management for improved MIC control and mitigation

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but those who will greatly benefit include: 

  • Corrosion & Integrity Engineers
  • Production & Operation Engineers
  • Inspection Engineers
  • Repair & Maintenance Engineers
  • Coating & CP Engineers
  • Asset Project Engineers & Asset Managers
  • Chemical Treatment Specialists
  • Corrosion Monitoring Systems Specialists
  • Laboratory Technicians

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This PetroKnowledge training course will be conducted via PowerPoint presentation slides containing text, tables, plots, pictures, etc. The training will be interactive; that is, on a regular basis the participants will be asked to participate in an ongoing topic, discussion or challenge.

Past Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion case studies will be presented throughout the training course to promote best international practices while simultaneously discouraging integrity practices which had resulted in impairing asset integrity in various projects. The training course will end with a short assessment to further help all the participants to remember all the important subjects, concepts and practices discussed throughout the course.

Organisational Impact

The organization as a whole will gain a new knowledge and set of skills which will help them to significantly enhance their MIC control and mitigation.

The organization gains will include:

  • Improved (site) personnel safety and environmental protection
  • Enhanced bacterial monitoring and assessment
  • Increased MIC control and mitigation
  • Optimised MIC costs through more efficient use of chemicals, monitoring systems and inspections
  • Improved reservoir protection and decreasing the likelihood of reservoir souring and plugging

Personal Impact

Participants will learn to appreciate about bacterial growth conditions, monitoring techniques and assessment methods. They will also learn how to implement corrosion management applications to enhance MIC mitigation and control. Attending the course will help them to:

  • Learn where to look for bacteria
  • How to carry out bacterial sampling and which methods are best for sampling and enumeration
  • How to plan and implement MIC mitigation using the corrosion management concept
  • How to implement a more effective MIC control plan across their assets
  • How to optimize and integrate various integrity management activities to gain control of MIC issue

Daily Agenda

Day One: MIC Background in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry 
  • Introductions (trainer, scope, objectives and references)
  • Corrosion in the oil and gas industry
  • Why distinguishing MIC
  • Locations where MIC is found
  • MIC and materials selection
Day Two: Bacterial and MIC Basics 
  • Microorganisms in the oil and gas industry
  • Bacterial growth conditions and nutrition
  • SRB and their mechanisms
  • Predominant MIC mechanisms in the oil and gas industry
  • Reservoir souring and plugging
  • Management of MIC in the oil and gas industry
Day Three: MIC Detection and Assessment 
  • Nitrate treatment
  • Beneficial microbial processes
  • Diagnosing MIC
  • MIC detection and assessment
  • Application of biocides and chemical treatments
Day Four: MIC Mitigation and Monitoring Techniques 
  • MIC mitigation
  • MIC monitoring
  • The significance of using side streams for bacterial monitoring
  • MIC and corrosion management in the oil and gas industry
  • MIC, corrosion control matrices and corrosion KPIs
Day Five: Recommended MIC Mitigation Solutions  
  • Review of current models for MIC management
  • Various MIC case studies
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • General reference section (or important points to remember with regards to bacteria and MIC)


  • On successful completion of this Training Course / Online Training Course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate / E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
  • You may also get in touch with our Registration Team on
    +971 50 981 7386 | +971 2 557 7389 or send an email to reg@petroknowledge.com

  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • Invoices will be sent via email/courier to the ID/name and address provided.
  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

Upon successful registration online, enrolment on the respective training course will be confirmed by Registration Team by e-mail along with the invoice and joining instruction.

For corporate fees and group registration, please send your query to info@petroknowledge.com.

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