Natural Gas Well Drilled at Texas Motor Speedway

As the first natural gas well at Texas Motor Speedway was being drilled Tuesday, Hideki Makihara was more than a casual observer.

Natural Gas is at a premium  explained the Japanese lawmaker since Japan shut down its last nuclear reactor last week, a casualty of the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Since then, he said, electricity prices have doubled and Japan is paying some of the highest prices in the world for the natural gas needed to fuel its remaining power plants.

Natural gas that will eventually flow from Quicksilver Resources wells at the giant racetrack in far north Fort Worth should contribute to the surge in U.S. gas production, which has driven down prices domestically and could eventually provide relief for Japan.

“We want to import shale gas as soon as we can to reduce the price of electricity in Japan,” Makihara told the Star-Telegram. “So far, the cheapest natural gas in the world is U.S. shale gas.”

Makihara, a member of Japan’s House of Representatives, on Tuesday visited Quicksilver’s drill site on the north side of Texas Motor Speedway, where the Fort Worth-based producer started drilling this month. Quicksilver holds the lease on the 1,450-acre property, as well as on much of the neighboring Alliance development.

Quicksilver plans five wells at the current drill site on the edge of the racetrack’s sprawling parking lot, plus two additional drill sites on the west side with similar numbers of wells planned. It will also drill under the speedway from the east side of Interstate 35, something it did when it drilled at Alliance Airport, said Steve Lindsey, Quicksilver’s head of government and community affairs.

But race fans won’t see any rigs at the speedway next month. Drilling will cease and the rig will be moved for the race weekend starting in late October, Lindsey said.

The shutdown of nuclear power plants after the tsunami disaster is costing Japan billions. Japan’s industry ministry has estimated that the nation’s cost to import extra coal, gas and oil to run its non-nuclear plants will hit $93 billion by the end of 2013.

The crisis sent Japanese energy interests looking to the U.S. for solutions.

In March, Tokyo Gas, Japan’s biggest natural gas utility and a diversified global energy company, bought a 25 percent stake in Quicksilver’s Barnett Shale holdings, including the speedway land. Makihara was accompanied by Koji Yoshizaki, general manager of of Tokyo Gas America, based in Houston.

Tokyo Gas has also agreed to buy liquefied natural gas from a planned terminal in Maryland that recently won an export license from the federal government. And the utility continues to seek production in the United States, Yoshizaki said.

Under an agreement reached in 2008, the Fort Worth Sports Authority and the speedway will share royalties from production on the property, with much of the money going toward improvements at the facility.

SOURCE: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/09/24/5191188/first-gas-well-being-drilled-at.html

Utica Shale – New $125M Pipeline Planned

PVR lands Hess deal to build Utica shale pipeline

PVR Partners LP, an Eastern Pennsylvania midstream company, is teaming with Hess Corp. (NYSE: HES) as it expands into the Utica Shale play in eastern Ohio.

PVR (NYSE: PVR) has been tapped to build, own and operate a 45-mile natural gas trunkline and gathering pipelines and facilities for Hess. The company is expected to have a total capital investment of between $125 million to $150 million. The project should be online in late 2014, according to a statement from PVR.

“PVR is pleased to announce this strategic expansion of our midstream business into the Utica Shale and we welcome the opportunity to serve Hess Corp., a world-class energy provider,” said Bill Shea, president and CEO of PVR, in a written statement. “We believe Hess’s selection of PVR as their midstream provider in the Utica Shale is another validation of our growing reputation for supplying reliable high-quality midstream services to meet the needs of shale gas producers.”

The project consists of a minimum 20-inch diameter trunk line with anticipated minimum capacity of 450 million cubic feet per day and connections with the Texas Eastern and Rockies Express interstate pipelines, according to PVR. Additional connections could also be added to other interstate pipelines. The project also includes constructing compression stations, dehydration and other facilities.

PVR is expected to invest $10 million in this project during the rest of 2013 and another $50 million during the first half of 2014. An additional $50 million will be invested in the second half of 2014 and the remainder in 2015, according to the company.

SOURCE: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/energy/2013/09/pvr-lands-hess-deal-to-build-utica.html

MATCOR’s Insights that Work

This is great news for the Utica Shale region with this natural gas pipeline. However, there is a large responsibility for pipeline safety, cathodic protection management and more.

MATCOR, Inc. is a leading cathodic protection and corrosion prevention engineering design firm, providing environmentally beneficial systems and services to global clients for nearly 40 years. An ISO 9001:2008 certified expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, cathodic protection testing, annual surveys, maintenance and complete corrosion protection project management. We specialize in protecting the infrastructure of the oil and gas, utility, transportation and construction industries.

MATCOR Launches Linear Anode Specific for HDD – Iron Gopher™

The Only Linear Anode Designed Specifically for Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Applications 

CHALFONT–September 4–MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products (for example: linear anode), systems and corrosion engineering solutions, introduces Iron Gopher™, another first in a long series of MATCOR innovations for the cathodic protection industry.

Linear Anode
Introdroducing Iron Gopher™ The only anode designed specifically for Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) application

“In direct response to our clients’ needs, MATCOR designed a linear anode system specifically for the stresses of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) environments. The Iron Gopher™, which is ready to install upon delivery to the job site, is an elegant solution to a difficult problem.  The strength of the Iron Gopher™ is unmatched in the market,” said Doug Fastuca, President of MATCOR, Inc.

“We recently installed several thousand feet of MATCOR’s Iron Gopher™ linear anode at an HDD project.  With its unique design and greatly increased strength, the product is superior to anything in the market for HDD applications.  The HDD installation went exceptionally well and the linear anode is performing as expected.  We were excited to work with MATCOR and expect to come back to the Iron Gopher™ for future HDD projects,” said Michael Pearce, Corrosion Program Manager, Colonial Pipeline Company.

The patent-pending Iron Gopher™ features a rugged stainless steel outer jacket for greatly increased pulling strength in HDD installations.  The Iron Gopher™ utilizes MATCOR’s proven SPL™–Anode as its core and adds a patent-pending, high-strength stainless steel overbraid, a proprietary aluminum nosecone and a pulling-cable assembly to create a system with superior strength.  In addition, the Iron Gopher™ utilizes the patented Kynex® connection technology to ensure waterproof connections in the anode.

For further technical and product information about the Iron Gopher™ contact your MATCOR Account Manager, visit www.matcor.com/products/matcor-iron-gopher or call (US. & Canada) 1 800-215-4362 (Worldwide) +1-215-348-2974.

About MATCOR

MATCOR, Inc. is a leading cathodic protection and corrosion prevention engineering design firm, providing environmentally beneficial systems and services to global clients for nearly 40 years. An ISO 9001:2008 certified expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, cathodic protection testing, annual surveys, maintenance and complete corrosion protection project management. We specialize in protecting the infrastructure of the oil and gas, utility, transportation and construction industries. To learn more about MATCOR, please visit www.matcor.com or call 1-800-523-6692.