Pipeline Cathodic Protection News: New Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline Construction

Pipeline cathodic protection industry received a boost this week: proposed high-volume natural gas pipeline construction across 3 Southeastern states. Spectra, the company behind this jolt of economic opportunity, has dubbed it the “Renaissance Project”. The natural gas pipeline proposes several lines branching off the main pipeline to potential customers along the route.

The pipeline is a complex project and will require a number of business services such as pipeline cathodic protection. MATCOR’s pipeline protection program uses a number ISO 9001:2008-certified solutions to protect such a project. For example, MATCOR’s SPL™-FBR linear Anode and Durammo™ Deep Anode System would help lower total cost of ownership on the pipeline.

The proposed pipeline is almost 300 miles with three different pipeline diameters. The natural gas pipeline will feature two compressor stations to maintain line pressures, according to officials. It was stated the line will have a capacity of 1 billion cubic feet per day, and can be expanded to over 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.

Spectra plans for the pipeline to run from the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, through Alabama and towards the Atlanta, Georgia area. “We are continuing to work with multiple potential customers to design a project to fit their supply demand needs,” Grover said in a statement on the project.

Furthermore, Spectra executed letter of intent with the AGL, the parent company of Chattanooga Gas Co., and Atlanta Gas Light Co.to explore a joint arrangement for local distribution. Sources close to the matter state the “Renaissance Project” could be up and running by mid-2017.

“From a project kickoff standpoint, we continue to reach out to federal, state and local public officials informing them of the project,” she said. “We’ll send letters and start contacting landowners along our proposed study corridor pending further market feedback.” Grover stated Spectra the Renaissance Project study corridor map is in the final stages. Currently, the map highlights 15 counties across Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

Economic groups across these states laud the move as one that will stimulate the economy and bring jobs to the region. “It’s going to be a good project and the infrastructure for natural gas is such that, industry-wide, there’s a great demand for it,” one source familiar with the matter said. Experts familiar with the project say it is a crucial move to support industrial expansion and business growth in the region.


MATCOR’s Insight That Works

The Renaissance pipeline is indeed poetically named. The Southeastern region has recently seen improvements to its economic state and industrial competitiveness. However, key investments such as the natural gas pipeline and other infrastructure must be put in place to attract jobs, manufacturers and families into these committees. That said, the pipeline is a key cog to the continued rebirth of this region. MATCOR and other service providers will be stewards of this bright future, protecting valuable assets that power communities.

SOURCE: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/20/proposed-tri-state-natural-gas-pipeline-taking/

MATCOR is a leading provider of ISO 9001:2008-certified cathodic protection for pipelines and cathodic protection management. Our team maintains the highest quality standards of cathodic protection for systems for storage tanks and other products that let you focus on your business operations.

Rep. Olson Tours NACE’s Corrosion Prevention Training Facility

On Monday, August 19 NACE International – The Corrosion Society hosted Congressman Pete Olson for a tour of its training facilities and labs.

Corrosion control plays an important role in public and environmental safety and is a significant economic driver.

Corrosion control keeps energy moving and infrastructure functioning while providing long-term job opportunities in a growing professional field.

“We are honored to have host Congressman Olson at our headquarters,” said Bob Chalker, Executive Director of NACE International, The Corrosion Society. “Our members’ daily work to prevent corrosion has a tremendous impact on society and this visit is an opportunity to show Congressman Olson how corrosion control makes a difference to everything from pipelines to bridges to water mains and much more.”

During his tour, Rep. Olson saw NACE International’s training facility which includes a cathodic protection test field where students receive hands-on instruction of corrosion control techniques used for pipelines, storage tanks, and other structures.

During 2013 more than 13,000 students have already received NACE training in one of 26 courses offered by the organization. Many students have also received certifications from the NACE International Institute which elevates professional performance corrosion standards worldwide.

“Our organization is particularly supportive of the Congressman’s work in the energy and transportation sectors,” said Chalker. “Corrosion costs the U.S. as much as $452 billion annually, or approximately $1,500 per American citizen, and that cost can be reduced by as much as thirty percent using existing corrosion control technology. This is a topic we’ll be discussing with the Congressman and it’s a message we will continue to take to Capitol Hill.”

SOURCE: http://www.sfgate.com/business/press-releases/article/Congressman-Pete-Olson-to-Visit-Houston-HQ-of-4739839.php

MATCOR’s Insights that Work

MATCOR is proud to be a Corporate Member of NACE International – The Corrosion Society.  MATCOR maintains a staff of highly qualified field engineers, technicians and construction personnel who have participated in various NACE Cathodic Protection training programs.  These experienced professionals are available to staff specific projects.  Leading the team is a group of outstanding corrosion professionals who are practice leaders in their fields.

MATCOR is a leading provider of ISO 9001:2008-certified cathodic protection products. Learn more about our industry-leading cathodic protection services and cathodic protection installation. MATCOR’s blog, Cathodically Protected, offers the latest insights on cathodic protection equipment and more.

Florida Power & Light Proposes 600 Miles Of Natural Gas Pipelines

If Florida Power & Light get the green light from state regulators, they will be pumping natural gas within four years and transporting the fuel hundreds of miles on a proposed pipeline  between Southwest Alabama and Martin County, Florida.

This is a two-part project. The northern pipeline will stretch roughly 465 miles from Alabama to a hub in Central Florida. From there, a second line will run 126 miles to an FPL plant in Martin County.  This project is in partnership with Spectra Energy Corp., and NextEra Energy.  Specific information about this pipeline project in Florida can be found here.

“This project has a central Florida hub that interconnects the existing pipeline system in Florida, the Florida Gas Transmission pipeline and the Gulfstream pipeline,” said FPL Vice President Mike Sole, “so that we also significantly improve the reliability of the pipeline infrastructure in Florida.”

The existing pipeline capacity is almost full, so FPL solicited proposals from companies to construct the pipelines. Two companies were chosen, and they will spend an estimated $3.6 billion to do the work.

Sole says Florida Power & Light won’t pay construction costs, but it will pay rent – essentially buying the right to move gas along the line.

“We hope and expect to begin construction in 2016 and complete that construction and actually begin using the pipeline in 2017,” Sole said. “We expect to see some 8,600 direct and indirect jobs associated with construction of this pipeline.”

Florida Power & Light has to go through a lot of permitting at the federal, state and local level.

This process actually started in 2009 when the company offered up a very different proposal. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) rejected the pipeline proposal and told Florida Power & Light to come up with something more cost effective. That led to the current proposal.

Tom Ballinger, director of engineering for the PSC, can’t comment on whether this new proposal will be approved. But he can talk about the potential impact.

“It’s a very highly regulated industry on the safety and the construction aspects of it. Obviously to build a large infrastructure project like this is going to take many years, many jobs,” Ballinger said. “It’s going to be a huge impact on Florida’s economy. We are the second largest consumer of natural gas in the United States – Texas being the first, California actually below us.”

About two-thirds of the electricity FPL supplies to Floridians is produced by natural gas.

SOURCE: http://wlrn.org/post/fpl-proposes-600-miles-natural-gas-pipelines

MATCOR’s Insights that Work

The companies are sure to reap large benefits from this natural gas pipeline. However, there is a large responsibility for pipeline safety, cathodic protection management and more.

MATCOR is a leading provider of ISO 9001:2008-certified cathodic protection cable and anodes for cathodic protection. Learn more about our industry-leading cathodic protection services and cathodic protection installation. MATCOR’s blog, Cathodically Protected, offers the latest insights on cathodic protection equipment and more.

August 11 serves as a good reminder to always call 811 before digging

Every year, more than 165,000 underground utility lines are unintentionally damaged in this country.  An estimated one-third of that damage is preventable by dialing three simple numbers:  811

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a trees and are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

811 is a free, FCC-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center will then alert the appropriate underground facility owners so they can dispatch locators to mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

How can you celebrate 8-11? Learn more about 811.  Make a promise, and make a difference.  Visit http://www.the811promise.com for further details.

Construction of New Pipeline to Texas

Pipeline to transport ethane to Texas.

Sections of a 20-inch pipeline are scattered all around Batesville, Indiana. Ultimately the finished line will carry a liquid across the country. The 1,230-mile Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX) Express Pipeline is designed to facilitate development of this quickly growing resource by providing takeaway capacity for ethane from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Texas Gulf Coast petrochemical market.

The ATEX pipeline’s northern portion will involve the construction of 369 miles of pipeline from Washington County, Pa., and through Batesville to Seymour, where it will connect with an existing pipeline owned by Enterprise Liquids Pipeline LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners LP, Houston, Texas.

That pipeline, which currently transports refined products from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest, will be placed into ethane service and the flow direction will be reversed. At its southern terminus, ATEX will have access to a new 55-mile pipeline to be built by Enterprise Products that will extend from Beaumont, Texas, to the company’s NGL storage complex at Mont Belvieu, Texas, according to the Web site.

The pipeline’s route was determined by professional survey teams and pipeline engineers, and was designed to minimize the impact on landowners, the environment, historical areas and communities through which it will pass. Wherever practical, ATEX parallels existing pipelines.

The timetable: landowner outreach and field surveys, October 2011-July 2012; route selection and preparation of permit applications, September 2011-September 2012; final U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit review and approval, July-September 2012; start of construction, April 2013; final cleanup and land restoration, November 2013-January 2014.

Pipeline Summit Resources, Cincinnati, has helped with land acquisition, reported consultant Donna Cardwell. The contractor is www.precisionpipelinellc.com Eau Claire, Wis., said Batesville Water & Gas Utility comptroller Doug Browne.

Work should be finished in the Batesville area around November, according to Rainey. ATEX Express, built at an undisclosed price, is scheduled to be in-service during the first quarter of 2014.

MATCOR’s Insight That Works

The proposed pipeline expansion holds a great deal of promise for all involved. The project is highly complex by joining multiple existing pipeline sections. The company is making a large investment that will require expert cathodic protection to secure continued profit. Technology such as linear SPL anodes could make a huge impact for this pipeline.

SOURCE: http://batesvilleheraldtribune.com/local/x1084947374/Pipeline-to-transport-ethane-to-Texas

MATCOR is a leading provider of ISO 9001:2008-certified cathodic protection management. Our cathodic protection installation team offers turnkey project management for many corrosion engineering services, including AC Mitigation. MATCOR’s cathodic protection equipment is backed by an unmatched 10 year guarantee.