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R&D Consortiums

We develop multi-client consortiums, collaborative frameworks that enables rapid and collective implementation of frontier technologies.

MIC Consortium

Stage I – 2018/2019


The first Argentine platform for microbial monitoring in Oil&Gas. It is a collaborative work environment that brings together the companies of the sector to exchange experiences and knowledge regarding the issue of microbiological corrosion (MIC), for the purpose of optimizing mitigation strategies.

It is composed by 8 members, among production companies and service providers. It analyzed more than 100 liquid samples (water and oil phases) of different production facilities and installations, that made possible a detailed description of the microbial communities and the definition of the genres responsible for the MIC phenomenon.

This information led to the generation of a database, the main asset of the MIC Consortium, which allows its classification by place of origin and level of MIC criticity. Based on the diagnosis and the characterization of microbial communities, it was possible to review and optimize mitigation strategies, suiting them to the specific needs of each location.

For any enquiry, please contact us at consorciomic@ypftecnologia.com


Member access MIC Consortium

The successful experience in the first stage of the Consortium in 2018/2019, allows us to project a second call for the 2020/2021 period. It is planned to develop specific lines of R&D in the search for “tailor-made” technological solutions; that is, referred to rapid response analytical techniques, custom devices, as well as mitigation strategies and products, among other topics.

Microbiological corrosion, understood as the corrosion process of materials caused by microorganisms, severely affects the integrity of O&G facilities, generating substantial costs for their treatment, as well as for the maintenance and repair of the facilities affected by it.

In a study published by Nature[1], it was estimated that the corrosion costs in exploration, production and transport in the O&G industry in China are equal to 2.82% of the value produced annually. Different sources consider that at least 20% of the costs related to corrosion in the O&G industry are due to MIC. However, traditional characterization methods allow only the recognition of 0.1% of the microorganisms responsible for biocorrosion, thus, limiting mitigation and control strategies.

Through the implementation of diagnosis and monitoring methodologies based on molecular microbiology (MMM), encouraged by leading organizations in the matter, such as NACE, it is possible to characterize 99.9% of the microorganisms.

A more precise diagnosis enables the optimization of mitigation strategies and the development of more appropriate technologies to address the issue.

(1) Hou, B., Li, X., Ma, X. et al. The cost of corrosion in China. npj Mater Degrad 1, 4 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41529-017-0005-2.– Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Operators and carriers that require:
• A diagnosis of their facilities.
• Support in pilots of new treatments with biocides.
• Setting-up of monitoring protocols.
• Assistance in the design of more effective mitigation strategies.

Services providers and chemical companies that require:
• Support during treatment pilots with new biocides.
• Validation of results.
• Consultancy works.
• Assistance in designing mitigation protocols.
• Assessment of new products.

Other companies that require:
• Microbial diagnoses.
• Information regarding microorganisms for biotechnological purpose.

Y-TEC, together with its technology partners of the local science and technology system, demonstrated that it has the necessary capabilities to carry out with local resources the most challenging proposals made by the MIC Consortium. We have not only concrete results, but also a detailed and proven series of protocols for taking and preserving samples, both solid and liquid, their adequate processing and reporting in times compatible with the identification needs of the MIC phenomenon, and the implementation of specific mitigation strategies.

There are two categories of members: Full and General.

They are differentiated according to the deliverables to which they have access and the work dynamic in which they are involved. General Members will be able to access a virtual database of microbial communities related to MIC processes analyzed.

In addition, Full Members may send their own samples for analysis and access a comprehensive report of the results which shall include assessment of critical control points and status at their own facilities.

The membership is completed through the submittal of a Letter of Intent as proof of interest and an Adherence Agreement that regulates the terms of rights and obligations between the parties.

H2AR Consortium

Consortium for the development of the hydrogen economy.

We are leading the launch of H2AR Consortium, an opportunity to innovate and boost the development of the hydrogen economy in Argentina.

For further information contact: H2AR@ypftecnologia.com

How to apply

It is a collaborative workspace between companies that already work or are interested in taking part of the hydrogen value chain, from production to application. The companies that will participate come from different sectors:
• Automotive (light and heavy-duty mobility, machinery and buses)
• Electric power generation
• Natural gas transporters and distributors
• Oil refiners
• Hydrogen producers and consumers in Argentina
• Utility energy consumers
• Hydrogen technologies and infrastructure companies.

• Create a common mid and long-term vision to align efforts and reduce the uncertainty of new technologies implementation and business opportunities on hydrogen.

• Develop pilot projects to define efficiencies, costs and operation parameters and give signs investment that activate the local market.

• Generate strategies in the different fields of application that identify challenges and promote the development of local technological and productive capacities in an associative way.

In resonance with global decarbonization and electrification trends, hydrogen is projected as an energy vector linking primary sources with consumption points. In this context, the energy sector will possibly have to reconfigure its structure and the roles of the players thanks to new technologies and the emergence of business opportunities in the so-called hydrogen economy.

Argentina has excellent natural conditions for hydrogen production, either through its highly competitive renewable resources, or through its important natural gas reserves.  It also has a highly trained science and technology system to early tackle technological challenges with good expectations. These starting conditions allow projecting very competitive hydrogen costs that support the appeal for the search for opportunities.

• Positioning and early opportunities for new technological, industrial and service businesses.
• Help your value chain to be decarbonized in Argentina.
• Connections with regulatory organisms in Argentina to facilitate your technology implementation.

Depending on the field of action and structure of your company:
• I+D
• Energetic efficiency
• Environment
• New businesses
• Marketing

In Y-TEC we have an interdisciplinary team of specialists in electrochemical and catalytic processes, materials science and simulation. We also associate with a framework of technology partners from the national scientific system that positions us as leaders in the field.