From: Hans Schmoldt, Corrosion Engineer & Cathodic Protection Specialist To: SPCC Plan
Subject: Anode Systems' Produced Water Tank Corrosion Prevention Program
In January of this year a new SPCC rule became effective. The amended SPCC
longer exempt produced water tanks at oil production facilities. This engineer interprets the
to include gas production facilities if they produce an oil or gas liquid as a by product of
production. If you believe, as I do, that the intent of the new rule is to prevent spills from
water tanks caused by corrosion, take time to read on. Attached are “talking points” on the
corrosion of produced water tanks, the costs to the oil and gas industry from corrosion, the
cathodic protection of oil and gas production facilities, milestones in the evolution of the EPA
rules that govern the oil and gas industry and facts worth noting.
Leaking tanks are nothing new. What is new, is the recognition by the EPA that leaking tanks
pose a problem
to public health and the environment. Allowing oily salt water to spill into the ground or into
through holes in a tank's bottom is not allowed any more. Furthermore, it's not good business
nor is it a
responsible business practice.
For years, corrosion has been controlled and stopped with anodes in a process called cathodic
Anodes are used in heater treaters, heat exchangers, water tanks, water condensers, water
products tanks and in domestic water heater tanks. Anodes are required by Federal law on
underground or on
grade steel fuel storage tanks. Anodes are required by Federal law on oil and gas transmission
distribution pipelines. The fact is, cathodic protection has been proven to stop corrosion of
Anode Systems has been making and installing anodes for the gas industry for 25 years. Anode
design and install anodes inside or outside your produced water tanks. We will inspect, test and
test records of the cathodic protection and we will make the repairs to a cathodic protection
your tanks and associated piping as required by the SPCC regulations.
Call or e-mail us for a cost estimate to bring your facilities up to code and more importantly,
your investment in your produced water facilities. We are NACE certified and have the experience
to design, install, maintain, repair and upgrade any cathodic protection you have or need.
Hans Schmoldt NACE Cathodic Protection Specialist #4162