MATCOR to Present at the First European Corrosion Conference

Chalfont, PA – April 28, 2014, MATCOR, Inc., the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems and corrosion engineering solutions, announces that Ted Huck, Vice President, will present Impressed Current Linear Anode Applications in Congested Plant Environments at the first NACE European Corrosion Conference & Expo, taking place May 14-16 at Monastery of San Lorenzo Del Escorial – a UNESCO World Heritage Site outside of Madrid, Spain.

Ted Huck, Vice President, MATCOR, Inc.Mr. Huck’s presentation will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 10:00 am – 10:30 am in Room A. Visitors can view the full conference agenda here.

Cathodic protection in congested underground environments such as those commonly found in plant environments can present challenges for cathodic protection designers and engineers. This is especially problematic when trying to design around plant earthing systems, which can render a cathodic protection system ineffective when electrically tied in to the structures that are intended to be protected. Cathodic protection system designs based on isolating piping and other structures from the plant earthing systems require constant testing over the entire life of the cathodic protection system – often not a practical strategy. One very effective strategy is the use of linear anodes placed in parallel to the piping systems during construction. These closely coupled low output systems can effectively provide cathodic protection even in the presence of significant plant earthing systems.

Mr. Huck’s presentation provides details on the proper application of linear anodes for these applications.

“We are very pleased to participate as a presenter at the inaugural NACE International European Corrosion Conference,” said Douglas Fastuca, president of MATCOR. “We have a solid track record of performance in Europe and view the European market as strategically important for MATCOR’s growth plans in cathodic protection and corrosion engineering.”
MATCOR Iron Gopher® HDD Cathodic ProtectionMATCOR’s most recent innovation is the patented Iron Gopher®, the industry’s first linear anode product developed specifically for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation.  For further technical and product information about Iron Gopher or any of MATCOR’s innovative cathodic protection products, or to contact your MATCOR Account Manager, visit www.matcor.com or call (US. & Canada) 1 800-215-4362 (Worldwide) +1-215-348-2974.

ABOUT MATCOR

MATCOR is a full-service, ISO 9001:2008 certified provider of customized cathodic protection systems to the oil & gas, power, water and other infrastructures industries. Cathodic Protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface through the application of electric current. MATCOR has an array of proprietary cathodic protection products and systems combined with high-quality corrosion engineering, installation and maintenance services.

In business for 40 years, MATCOR is considered the technology leader in the cathodic protection and corrosion engineering fields. MATCOR is headquartered in Chalfont, PA, has a service office in Houston, TX and recently established a presence in Ahmedabad, India. The company provides turnkey services throughout the United States and has a growing list of international distributors. MATCOR has been named to the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

MATCOR Supports NACE Foundation Workforce Development Program on Worldwide Corrosion Awareness Day

Chalfont, PA – April 24, 2014, MATCOR, Inc., the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems and corrosion engineering solutions, recently hired Isaac Renfro, a graduate of the NACE Foundation Workforce Development Program. The company also supports the program year-round through staff involvement and financial support.

Isaac Renfro, NACE Workforce Development Program graduate and MATCOR Technician
Isaac, who served previously in the US Coast Guard, completed the NACE Workforce Development Program in late 2013 and joined MATCOR in March 2014 as a technician working out of the company’s gulf coast office in Houston, Texas. In this position Isaac performs installation and testing of MATCOR’s proprietary cathodic protection products and systems. The NACE program prepared Isaac for the position with MATCOR by providing NACE Basic Corrosion and NACE Cathodic Protection Level 1 certifications
The NACE Foundation Workforce Development Program addresses the growing workforce needs in the corrosion field. In the first phase of this program, NACE provides job training, including scholarships for corrosion courses and placement assistance to military veterans. Each candidate is also matched with a mentor from the industry who provides advice on networking, training and career opportunities within the corrosion industry and assists in securing an internship or permanent position

In addition to hiring a recent program graduate, MATCOR supports the NACE Foundation on an ongoing basis by encouraging staff volunteerism. Jeff Didas, Practice Lead-Pipelines for MATCOR, serves on the NACE Foundation Board of Directors and as a mentor. Nickalaus Judd, Director – Field Operations for MATCOR, also serves as a mentor. And, in in honor of World Corrosion Awareness Day on April 24, MATCOR recently made a donation to financially support the ongoing efforts of the Workforce Development Program.

“I met recently with a new mentee from the NACE program, and I encouraged him to seriously consider the corrosion industry, where the ability to grow is only hindered by one’s desire to do so,” said Judd. “I look forward to connecting with him regularly so he can see what MATCOR does firsthand and grow into our industry.”
The World Corrosion Organization designated April 24 “Worldwide Corrosion Awareness Day” in 2010 to promote education and best practices in corrosion control for the socio-economic benefit of society, preservation of resources, and protection of the environment.

“Workforce development is one of the greatest challenges facing the corrosion industry, and the NACE program is taking important steps to ensure that candidates are aware of opportunities and qualified for available positions,” said Douglas Fastuca, President of MATCOR. “We are very pleased to support this important work of the NACE Foundation and the high-quality pool of military veterans. We are honored to highlight these efforts as part of Worldwide Corrosion Awareness Day this week.”

ABOUT MATCOR

MATCOR is a full-service, ISO 9001:2008 certified provider of customized cathodic protection systems to the oil & gas, power, water and other infrastructures industries. Cathodic Protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface through the application of electric current. MATCOR has an array of proprietary cathodic protection products and systems combined with high-quality corrosion engineering, installation and maintenance services.

In business for 40 years, MATCOR is considered the technology leader in the cathodic protection and corrosion engineering fields. MATCOR is headquartered in Chalfont, PA, has a service office in Houston, TX and recently established a presence in Ahmedabad, India. The company provides turnkey services throughout the United States and has a growing list of international distributors. MATCOR has been named to the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

New Marcellus Shale Pipeline Projects

The Marcellus Shale, an enormous natural gas reserve in Appalachia, is dramatically altering the traditional landscape of America’s natural gas industry.

Stretching across almost 100,000 square miles, the Marcellus Shale is the largest natural gas supply in the U.S. and second in the world. The depth and width of the Marcellus Formation vary, but studies indicate the shale’s deepest and thickest points are located in northeastern Pennsylvania, making it a prime area for drilling.

Estimates of the amount of recoverable natural gas in the reserve have varied over the years. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Marcellus Shale produced 3.9 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of recoverable natural gas in 2013– accounting for 18% of the country’s natural gas. In August 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimated the Marcellus shale will ultimately generate a total of 84 TcF of technically recoverable natural gas, a massive jump from its 2002 prediction of two trillion cubic feet.

Pipelines Under Pressure

As the Marcellus Shale’s natural gas production increases, so does the need for an efficient, modern, sophisticated pipeline system to transport the natural gas to various regions around the country. In 2012, Marcellus’ booming natural gas output caused pipelines to bottleneck. Such high load conditions inflict stress on pipelines essential to the country’s natural gas delivery system.

The following year, pipeline constraints were a major contributing factor to exorbitant natural gas prices in the Northeast region. The rest of the country was not exposed to the increased costs due to adequate pipelines with few constraints.

To help alleviate stress on current infrastructures, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved three pipeline projects in February 2014. The projects include Texas Eastern’s TEAM 2014 Project, Williams’ Constitution Pipeline, and Iroquois Pipeline’s Wright Interconnect Project. All three projects have in-service dates slated for 2015-2016.

Texas Eastern’s TEAM 2014 Project

Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market Expansion 2014 (TEAM 2014) Project will add approximately 33.6 miles of 36 inch diameter pipeline loop to the existing Texas Eastern Transmission, increasing the existing system’s capacity by approximately 600 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d). Once complete, the Texas Eastern system will deliver natural gas from Appalachia to the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and Gulf Coast regions. The technologically advanced TEAM 2014 Project will be optimized for bidirectional flow.

Williams’ Constitutional Pipeline

The Constitution Pipeline is expected to measure 124 miles and have a diameter of 30 inches. The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Marcellus shale in northern Pennsylvania to areas in the northeastern U.S. It will have the capacity to transport 650 MMcf/d, fulfilling the daily needs of 3 million homes. The Constitution will be an “open access pipeline,” allowing local municipalities and public utility services to access the line.

Iroquois Pipeline’s Wright Interconnect Project

Iroquois’ Wright Interconnect Project (WIP) will work in tandem with the Constitutional Pipeline. Unlike the other projects approved by FERC, WIP is not a pipeline. It will update and expand Iroquois’ current compression facilities located in Wright, New York. The terminal will connect the Constitution to the Iroquois and Tennessee Gas Pipelines, facilitating the delivery of natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Play to New York and New England.

The Importance of Cathodic Protection

Propane storage tanks at MarkWest Energy Partners’ Houston fractionation and marketing complex in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Propane storage tanks at MarkWest Energy Partners’ Houston fractionation and marketing complex in Washington, Pennsylvania.

While the Marcellus Formation continues to produce high levels of natural gas, it is imperative that the operators for newly approved pipeline projects, as well as existing pipelines, storage tanks, and associated facilities take appropriate steps to protect their assets. Corrosion of metal surfaces is one of the most common and dangerous threats to midstream infrastructures. Cathodic protection is the most effective method of protecting against corrosion.

According to John Rothermel, Vice President of Sales at MATCOR, the leading cathodic protection company with expertise in protecting oil and gas pipelines from corrosion, the companies behind the Marcellus pipeline projects can’t afford not to protect their assets.
“As long as the Marcellus Shale continues to produce such unprecedented amounts of natural gas, the midstream infrastructure needed to get product to market will likely be running at full capacity, making it essential that these facilities operate reliably, efficiently and safely,” Rothermel said. “Designing and installing cathodic protection of pipelines into these projects helps to protect the significant investments being made, and helps to ensure these assets last well into the future.”

“Giant Marcellus shale coming of age” The Bismarck Tribune, March 20, 2014