Integrity Challenges in Sour Gas/Oil Operations


This course will provide the theory behind the technical challenges in producing sour gas/oil, present case histories and provide recommendations for solving these problems. The technical agenda will cover the following topics:

  • Sour gas corrosion threats in oil and gas production
  • Material selection—approach to selection and challenges
  • Optimisation of material selection in EOR applications
  • Monitoring threats in surface/sub-surface corrosion

Course Length

1 Day

Who Should Attend

  • M&C Engineers
  • Operations/maintenance Engineers
  • Process Engineers


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.


Magdy Girgis has been with Shell for 20 years and worked on materials selection and corrosion management for upstream/downstream and oil sand environments with emphasis on sour service, including sour testing, mill/materials qualification, failure analyses, and RCAs. His current focus is on materials in sour gas and he is the subject matter expert for sour gas materials and corrosion in Shell. He has had experience in materials selection for many surface and subsurface E&P operations, including in-situ heavy oil. 

Girgis has provided support to sour gas projects across Shell operating companies, including technical support and laboratory studies for material selection and inhibitor qualifications. Such projects include:

  • Shell Pearl
  • Shell Qatar Gas ¾
  • ETSA (Enhanced Technical Service Agreement) with Kuwait Oil Company
  • TSA (Technical Service Agreement) with Petroleum Development Oman
  • Material Selection for the Quest Project

Girgis has also developed a DEP for sour gas operation: RM on “Corrosion Mitigation Strategy for Wet Sour Gas Carbon Steel Pipelines”. He is internationally active on API and NACE committees, IRP committees in Canada, and has over 35 external publications.