VCIs as an Alternative to CP Systems

Zerust Oil & Gas at SABIC Conference
in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

AL JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA - 23RD OF MAY 2019 - Specialized Oil & Gas Engineering Company
(SOGEC) and Zerust Oil & Gas recently held an educational conference at a venue in Al Jubail,
Saudi Arabia on the Zerust Oil & Gas suite of extensive Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI)
solutions for the corrosion leads/engineers of SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals
headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The presentation specifically focused on the adoption of using Zerust Oil & Gas’s VCIs to protect
the vulnerable and critical external floor plates from the known phenomenon of soil side
corrosion. The interactive audience conveyed their common corrosion trends and a discussion
of how to mitigate those corrosion problems utilizing the Zerust Oil & Gas suite of solutions was

“It was an honor and a personal privilege to be welcomed to present at such an event,” said Phil
Low, Europe/Middle East Business Development Manager, Zerust Oil & Gas. “To get a room full
of the caliber and expertise of SABIC’s corrosion team is a rarity in the industry. As we know,
daily operational and integrity issues occupy a large portion of an operator’s time, so such an
esteemed attendance was fantastic to witness.”

The global industry for tank storage has historically adopted Cathodic Protection (CP) API-651
for protective measures to address/mitigate soil side corrosion. However, some failures within
the CP system such as air gaps when the tank bottom is moving and flexing during filling and
emptying, loss of current, breakdown of CP components, etc., leave the operator with underlying
corrosion issues.

Zerust Oil & Gas has over 10 years of global experience utilizing VCI technology to address soil
side corrosion and sees a global shift in protective measures. API recently has included VCI in
their 2610 standard, with further NACE adoption due in the coming months.

A highlight of the event was Mr. Abdallah Hassaneen, Project Engineer for Sogec, who sits on
the NACE committee and is CP L3 certified, Mr. Hassaneen presented a paper on recent testing
and comparison showcasing the compatibility of VCI and CP systems and how VCI can be a
standalone protective measure or work in conjunction with CP systems to enhance corrosion

The paper and testing were carried out by the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI)
and Sujay Math, Ph.D., the Senior Technical Services Engineer at Zerust Oil & Gas. For more
information on CP in the presence of VCIs for Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) application, click

“My role and drive are to extend on the great work my colleagues have completed across the
pond and ensure Europe/ME/GCC is aware there are alternatives and industry shifts to VCIs
over CP systems” said Mr. Low. “Zerust Oil & Gas has been around for over 40 years in the
automotive/industrial sectors and it is using that rich knowledge/history and experience to
develop innovative techniques to protect critical, and often very expensive, oil and gas assets.

Over the last year or so, I have seen great changes in operators’ mindsets with some of the
largest tank operators across Europe and the Middle East using Zerust Oil & Gas. The
importance for the operator is to keep their asset in a state of readiness, without huge
CAPEX/OPEX costs. With Zerust Oil & Gas VCIs, we can offer such alternatives and ultimately
reduce CAPEX and OPEX and extend the service life of the assets, in many cases the solutions
Zerust offer are non-intrusive making implementation non-burdensome allowing the operator
and client to continue without operational implications.

In the coming months ahead, we have ongoing multiple tank protection projects throughout
Europe and the Middle East from the Caspian/Adriatic/Canaries to Central Europe and
throughout the ME. Momentum is for sure building, and I very much look forward to the future
and bringing VCIs to the forefront of corrosion protective measures,” explained Mr. Low.
“Again, a special thanks to Sogec and SABIC for a special event,” said Mr. Low.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Phil Low at
Phil Low
Business Development Manager Europe/ME at Zerust Oil & Gas
Regional Office:
Calle Guanabano
No.9, Puerto 27, Vistabella, Alicante Spain 03319

Zerust Oil & Gas

Zerust Oil & Gas, a division of Northern Technologies International Corporation (NTIC), is the
world’s largest manufacturer of vapor corrosion inhibitors (VCIs). Based in Circle Pines,
Minnesota, with offices in 55 countries, they have over 40 years of experience with products and
solutions that reduce steel corrosion in multiple industries. VCIs are proven to effectively protect
corrosion-prone areas of aboveground storage tank (AST) floors and roofs. In most cases, VCIs
can be applied to reduce corrosion and extend the service life of in- service and out-of-service
storage tanks. Zerust traditional products focus on the preservation of materials and equipment
for storage, shipping, mothballing, and many other applications. Tel: +1 (800) 328-2433. Web


Specialized Oil & Gas Engineering Company is a part of KABBANI CONSTRUCTION GROUP.
It was established in 1979 and commenced activities as a specialized maintenance contractor,
then it grew steadily over the next 30 years to become consistently rated among the 50 largest
companies in Saudi Arabia. Sogec is amongst the nation’s largest manufacturer/supplier of CP
systems in the oil-rich country of Saudi Arabia.


SABIC is a global leader in diversified chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It
manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific,
making distinctly different kinds of products: chemicals, commodity, and high-performance
plastics, agri-nutrients, and metals. Saudi Aramco has recently procured a 70% stake in SABIC
in a deal estimated to be around +$70 billion dollars.