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Locally, MATCOR’s Emphasis is on Giving Back

As a full service provider of cathodic protection systems and corrosion engineering services to the oil and gas, power, water/wastewater and other infrastructure industries, MATCOR is well known worldwide.

When it comes to the local business community however, our closest customer is about 50 miles away. In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where we’re headquartered, we like to give back and encourage employees to get involved with local nonprofits.

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Heather Davis, MATCOR Human Resource; William Schutt, MATCOR Chairman; Dana Baedke; President of Key Marketing

“I think it’s just what we have to do,” said Bill Schutt, who founded MATCOR forty years ago. “If we can give organizations not just money, but time and advice, it could be a huge, huge help.”

Mr. Schutt, along with MATCOR marketing consultant Dana Baedke and employee Heather Davis sat down recently with The Bucks County Herald to talk about giving back and how it comes full circle.

Ms. Baedke met Mr. Schutt five years ago through a local nonprofit, the Women’s Business Forum, where he served as her mentor. Baedke is now giving back as president of the organization and owns a successful marketing business, Key Marketing, with MATCOR as a client. Ms. Davis has become involved in another local nonprofit, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), where she has served on the young advisory board and helped to organize the 2nd annual No Bullying Run, where MATCOR was a sponsor. These are just a few examples of the organizations and people touched by our employee’s local efforts.

“As a company,” Schutt said, “we started giving money and time, and what’s happened, which just blows my mind, is almost every week there is some sort of drawing, event or something for local charity I have nothing to do with. The folks here at MATCOR do it on their own.”

Read the full article in the Bucks County Herald.

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New Energy Report Underscores Need for Cathodic Protection Systems to Prevent Corrosion

In a recent update to its drilling productivity energy report, the Energy Information Agency revealed that there are now three US oil fields that are producing more than one million barrels of oil a day (BPD). In North Dakota, the Bakken Shale has been a major economic boon for the region while in Texas the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale have both exceeded predictions. As oil and natural gas continues to expand in these regions, the need for cathodic protection systems to prevent corrosion grows.

The three fields are so prolific that they now account for at least a third of the total US daily oil production. In fact, Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute found that the output of the three combined fields now surpasses 4 million BPD.

Each of these regions has seen rapid growth that is nearly unprecedented in the United States. The Bakken oil production was less than 200,000 barrels per day in 2008 and is now producing around 1,100,000, an increase of 450% in just over five years.

Meanwhile, in Texas, Eagle Ford’s natural gas production has tripled in the last three years and oil production has also flourished in recent years. The region was producing less 100,000 BPD in 2010 to more than 1,400,000 BPD in 2014.

Finally, wells that had been previously drilled in the Permian zones have found new life with the development of horizontal drilling techniques. Historically, wells had a 34 percent recovery rate, but that benchmark is being challenged with new technologies.

“This Energy Information Agency report is yet another reminder that oil and gas production in the United States will continue to flourish in the years to come,” said Chris Sheldon, utilities practice lead at MATCOR. “With such rapid growth, however, it’s vital that infrastructure is built to accommodate the changes. That means building it fast, but also building it right.”

“Cathodic protection systems, like those produced by MATCOR, ensure the safety of oil and natural gas production and delivery assets.”

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MATCOR is a corrosion prevention firm that engineers, manufactures, installs, commissions and maintains a proven range of turnkey proprietary cathodic protection and AC mitigation systems worldwide for the oil & gas, power, water/wastewater and other infrastructures industries.

Contact a MATCOR corrosion expert by completing our contact form or calling +1-215-348-2974.

Elite oil fields redefine meaning of crude’s ‘Big Three’,” CNBC, July 27, 2014.

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Cathodic Protection Systems Vital in Above Ground Storage Tanks

In January 2014, above ground storage tanks (ASTs) containing the chemical 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) was released into Elk River in West Virginia. The leaks, which cursory reports believe to be the likely the result of corrosion, could have been avoided by implementing proper cathodic protection systems.

The facility, operated by Freedom Industries, containing the chemical was located in Charleston, West Virginia. Recently, federal investigators discovered that the spill might have originated from more than one tank and could account for up to 10,000 gallons of MCHM.

This catastrophe, which left the 300,000 residents across nine West Virginia counties without potable water, could have been avoided by taking proper precautions.

The spill is currently being attributed to corrosion in the above ground storage tanks that held the MCHM. Corrosion is a serious and persistent concern for ASTs, which must withstand the elements.

“Above ground storage tanks pose a specific set of problems when it comes to corrosion prevention. The evidence collected by several federal agencies suggests that this hazardous leak was the result of a tank bottom leak,” said Ted Huck, vice president, international sales and practice lead – plants and facilities at MATCOR. “The leak was caused by the corrosion of the tank bottom due to contact of the external tank plate with the soil.

“The resulting soil-side hole could have been prevented by MATCOR’s patented cathodic protection systems. While cathodic protection systems are commonly used in oil and gas storage tanks, they are not mandated and there are tanks across the country that do not have cathodic protection systems installed to protect tank bottoms from leaking.”

Cathodic protection systems are critical for preventing corrosion in ASTs.

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The soil-side hole that resulted in the released chemical is a common problem among ASTs. MATOR has developed a reliable protection system for ASTs which uses our unique SPL-Anode system and patented Kynex® technology.

When building and maintaining above ground storage tanks consider the importance of cathodic protection systems. Learn more about MATCOR’s unique cathodic protection system for ASTs or contact us today.

CSB report reveals holes in more tanks at Freedom site,” Charleston Daily Mail, June 16, 2014.

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