The Russian company JSC Kola GMK recently tested Wolftank Austria coatings for inside and outside corrosion protection. The successful results prove once more Wolftank’s coatings anti-corrosion capability.
Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company, JSC Kola GMK, is a subsidiary of PJSC Nornickel. It is the company’s nickel refining hub and a leading industrial facility in the Murmansk Region. This area is located in the Kola Peninsula, almost completely in the north of the Artic Circle.
Due to the firm’s works, the metal gets corroded very fast in their installations. But in addition, the really harsh environment in the region makes even more difficult to maintain the facilities in a proper way. -40°C can be reached depending on the month. Therefore, their current coating materials do not work well enough and they often need to ask for reparations.
In this context, Wolftank Austria visited JSC Kola GMK in November 2020. The team presented Wolftank’s corrosion protection lining and spill response products, receiving a good feedback. In fact, there was a high demand in corrosion protection for outside surfaces of the dark oil products tanks and discharge racks and loading facility.
After considering, and once the health crisis improved, the Russian company decided to test for one month three metal plates samples covered with Wolftank Austria finest coating materials. Therefore, from 30 May to 30 June, three plate samples of Adapox® DSF, Etoplate® and Epoflex® 590 were tested in Monchegorsk City.
The main purpose of the technical testing was a visual assessment of the product quality and the determination of the potential for its further use at the Kola GMK enterprise. Future plans would include a pilot testing and further industrial applications.
Sample 1 – Adapox®DSF
The steel plate had a size of 30×30 cm. It was coated with the product with a dry film of 4 mm thickness. The team previously cleaned and prepared the steel plate according to ISO SA 2.5.
The first coat is Adapox® DSF (yellow). The second coat (light grey) is Adaflex 109. The, the team placed the sample in the customer’s area. Exactly in the place of the intended application, on external structures subject to severe atmospheric corrosion.
One month later the Russian company visually checked the sample:
Sample 2 – Etoplate®
In this case, the steel plate had a size of 15×7 cm. It was coated with the product with a dry film of 0.3 mm thickness. As usual, previously, the team cleaned and prepared the surface according to ISO SA 2.5.
The first coat is Etokat Activ Primer (red), the second coat (light grey) is Etoplate®. The team placed the sample in the customer’s area. In the place of the intended application, on the outer surfaces of the storage tank.
One month later, the customer visually checked the sample.
Sample 3 – Epoflex® 590
Finally, in the third test, the steel plate had a size of 30×20 cm. It was coated with the product with a dry film of 1.5 mm thickness. The team cleaned and prepared the steel surface according to ISO SA 2.5.
The Epoflex® 590 layer was applied (light green). In this case, the team placed the sample inside the tank with dark oil product.
In conclusion, tests show that Wolftank Austria coatings perform with high quality and that they have excellent anti-corrosive properties. Even in harsh environments, they are an exceptional solution to protect tanks and steelwork of loading facility. While providing durability to customer’s facilities!