In this work, the corrosion behavior and mechanical degradation of two types of pipe steel, Inconoy 825 and L360, after two years of high sour environments service in Puguang gas-field were studied. Results demonstrated that a fearful elemental sulfur layer deposited on the inner wall of pipeline, pitting corrosion and hydrogen-induced cracking was observed in L360 pipe. In comparison, no pitting corrosion and hydrogen-induced cracking was found in Inconoy 825 steel pipe due to its excellent resistance to corrosion. Furthermore, mechanical properties (yield strength, impact strength, elongation, hardness, fracture toughness) and stress corrosion cracking were investigated. Results showed that the yield strength decreased obviously and the percentage of elongation increased in Inconoy 825 steel but little change in L360. The analysis a change of the mentioned mechanical characteristics together with the results of the diffusion and tapping of hydrogen of them indicated that the properties degradation of Inconoy 825 pipeline steel after long term service was associated with essential role of hydrogen in these processes. The consequences of sudden failures and severe corrosion of metallic material in the high sour gas-field, which associated with their exposure to H2S/CO2 containing gas, led to the preparation of evaluation tests of pipeline. However, passing evaluation tests cannot guarantee the safety in actual work condition unless the field experience had been at least two years. As the first attempt to exploit high sour gas-field in China, it is anticipated that this work of Puguang provides valuable data and an essential insight into the corrosion and degradation of pipeline steel services in high-sour environmental.


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