Introduction to Pipeline Corrosion & Cathodic Protection

Introduction to Pipeline Corrosion & Cathodic Protection

August 3, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“They did a great job explaining the process, and I liked it even more when they talk about actual experiences too.” – SPEC Services

“Excellent intro to the pipeline construction process.” – Department of Energy

Metallic pipelines, both natural gas and petroleum, are subject to the process of corrosion unless protected by cathodic protection. Corrosion of pipelines leads to leaks, loss of service, and expense to the operator of the pipeline system. Many utility companies operate natural gas and petroleum pipelines and strive to prevent corrosion by utilizing cathodic protection.

Through this understanding of the corrosion process, one can then understand how and why cathodic protection prevents the problems caused by corrosion. The program will also discuss the various cathodic protection methods used to stop or prevent the negative effects of corrosion on the metallic pipeline systems. Just about every natural gas and petroleum pipeline is subject to either Federal or State regulatory oversite, so the agenda also ensures understanding of the basic cause and prevention of corrosion in order to help the operator of the pipeline in complying with those government requirements.

These basic elements not only apply to metallic pipelines but would also be applicable to any buried metallic structure such as water lines, electrical conduit, or otherwise.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the basic corrosion cell and how to prevent corrosion
  • Examine parts of a corrosion cell the effect on metallic structures
  • Describe the coating of metallic structures and rectifier systems
  • Discuss use of anodes and the interference problems and remediation
  • Explain the critical regulatory requirements


Wednesday, August 3, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing



  • Welcome
  • Introduction of students and instructors
  • Class agenda
  • Training objectives

Corrosion Cell

  • Anode
  • Cathode
  • Metallic path
  • Electrolyte

Types of Corrosion

  • Galvanic
  • Electrolysis

Cathodic Protection

  • What is it?
  • How it works and why
  • Measuring the level of cathodic protection

Galvanic Systems

  • Anodes
  • Deep bed anodes

Rectifier Systems

  • Rectifiers
  • Anode beds
  • Interference problems

Inspection & Testing

  • Types of inspection/tests
  • Frequency of inspection/tests

Record Keeping Requirements


Q&A and Adjournment


Thomas Lael, formerly with ConocoPhillips Pipeline Company

Mr. Lael has been involved with the pipeline industry for over 45 years. He has worked for various State Pipeline Regulatory agencies (Illinois, Connecticut, and California) and the Federal government (Transportation Safety Institute, now known as Training and Qualification’s [T&Q]). More recently, Mr. Lael has worked for major petroleum pipeline operators as a code compliance officer and Operator Qualifications Administrator. He has been responsible for determining the operator’s compliance with Federal and State pipeline safety regulations and determining the intent of current and proposed PHMSA regulations.

Mr. Lael spent 10 years working with ConocoPhillips as the OQ administrator for the company OQ program. His employment with ConocoPhillips evolved from his initial employment with Tosco Corporation starting in 1999, merged into Phillips Pipeline Company in 2001, and finally into ConocoPhillips in 2002. He was responsible for the OQ qualifications for approximately 950 employees and over 1,500 contract individuals.

Mr. Lael has worked as an expert witness on legal cases concerning pipeline safety and accident/incident investigations. Mr. Lael has investigated numerous natural gas and petroleum pipeline explosion and fires.

Don McCoy, formerly with PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety

Don is a native of Georgia and a graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. After several years in the aerospace industry, Don changed careers to the natural gas industry and pipeline safety, including regulatory stints with the Georgia Public Service Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration – Office of Pipeline Safety. Don’s pipeline industry experience included 40+ years at Oklahoma-based companies Mustang Fuel Corporation, Enogex Inc., Chesapeake Energy, Chesapeake Midstream, and Access Midstream.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Introduction to Pipeline Corrosion & Cathodic Protection

August 3, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 795.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,180.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 5,565.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 9,540.00 (40% discount)

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Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,180.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 5,565.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 9,540.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before July 01, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and active participation.

Who Should Attend

  • Those involved with a pipeline or utility company who need to understand the cause of and the prevention of corrosion on metallic structures
  • Those without experience related to corrosion, new to the industry, involved in the insurance industry, or in the legal field
  • Personnel who perform investigations of accidents and are in loss prevention or budgeting
  • Individuals who work with county zoning issues relative to the integrity of pipeline facilities could also attend.