By George Gill
Cortec launched a new
Middle East joint venture with its regional distributor United Corrosion
Technologies to supply corrosion inhibitors in the region and North Africa.
Cortec Middle East will
support the region with service centers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi
Arabia and Jordan along with distributors such as The Kanoo Group.
"Understanding the unique nature of corrosion challenges in the Middle
East, we’re strengthening our commitment to work closely with the engineering
community to mitigate the detrimental effects of corrosion in the Middle East
and North Africa," the company said in its announcement.
Tim Whited, Cortec's
director of corrosion engineering and field services, noted both the
atmospheric and underground environment in the Middle Eastern region promote
accelerated corrosion of metals. "In many areas the rate of corrosion on
metal surfaces exposed to atmospheric conditions is typically accelerated due
to the impact of moist, very hot, salt air," Whited told Lube Report.
"Underground structures such as pipelines, etc. face aggressive corrosion
attack in many areas due to the presence of a high groundwater table that is
According to Whited,
most industries in the region benefit in multiple ways from Cortec's variety of
corrosion solutions. "Oil and gas companies such as Saudi Aramco and the
Adnoc group of companies are benefitting from Cortec’s CorroLogic family of
systems designed to mitigate corrosion on [above ground storage tanks], cased
pipeline sections and insulated piping," he said. " Preservation of
spare parts and mothballing of facilities that are temporarily out-of-service
are equally important services for
Cortec's Vapor Phase
Corrosion Inhibitor and Migrating Corrosion Inhibitor products, many of which
are biodegradable, control multi-metal corrosion in a variety of applications
within aggressive corrosive environments. The offerings include a wide variety
of lubricants, greases, gear oils and hydraulic fluids.