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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.

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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.

Cathodic Protection Systems

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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Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas Production Projected to Continue Rising

Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas Updates It’s no secret that the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations are generating huge economic boons for the states in which they reside. Even as exploration and production increase in both Pennsylvania and Ohio, future projections show that the estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) for the region will outpace recent expansions.

A new study by ICF International projects that between the Marcellus and Utica Shale, natural gas production will expand to 34 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day by 2035. This is a 36% growth from the 2014 estimations of 25 Bcf.

Since 2009, the production levels in both the Utica and Marcellus Shale have increased at an exponential rate. These natural gas reserves are vital to the future of American energy independence. These formations, along with the Bakken formation in North Dakota, are driving America’s energy sector forward.

As scientists research the full potential of the formations, technological improvements are drastically changing our ability to recover their stored energy. This increased efficiency is a major factor that is driving up the estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) per well.

“The Utica and Marcellus Shale represent some of the most exciting areas of national growth over the next 20 years,” said Glenn Shreffler, executive vice president of engineering at MATCOR. “As production levels grow rapidly, it’s important to plan for the future and build the infrastructure to accommodate the increased capacity.”

“In both regions, as well as the Bakken Formation, corrosion engineering is an important element in public safety and for the protection of significant capital investments. MATCOR’s custom-designed cathodic protection systems ensure that infrastructure is designed to last. We encourage manufacturers in the Marcellus and Utica Shale to build with the future in mind.”

Utica Shale Facts

• The Utica Shale is estimated to be nearly twice as large as it’s more famous neighbor, the Marcellus Shale.
• Through 2015, Ohio is expected to create over 200,000 jobs and add $22 billion to the economy as a result of the Utica Shale.
• The Utica Shale supports 5,000 jobs directly, and almost 13,000 indirectly in the state of Ohio.

Marcellus Shale Facts

• The Marcellus Shale contains an estimated 84 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Some geologists theorize that it could hold up to 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which would make it the second largest field in the world.
• The Marcellus natural gas developments contributed $1.1 billion in tax revenue for Pennsylvania in 2010.
• Drilling in the Marcellus Formation has only affected .5% of the land mass in Pennsylvania – just 15,400 acres.

MATCOR, established in 1975, is one of the most experienced providers of corrosion technology. Our engineering and cathodic protection solutions are best in class. Call 800-523-6692 to contact us today.

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