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MATCOR Texas Office Moves to Houston

MATCOR HoustonMATCOR recently relocated its Katy, TX office to Houston. The new address is:

1423 Wadsworth St
Houston, TX 77015

The phone number has not changed: 281-558-2600

MATCOR joins parent company Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services at this established Houston regional office.

“This move will enable MATCOR and Brand to work more closely together to support our customers in the Houston area,” said Kevin Pitts, President of MATCOR.”

Following our success in 2013, MATCOR is expanding by hiring new talent for cathodic protection, corrosion engineering jobs.

MATCOR is a full service provider of customized cathodic protection systems to the oil & MATCOR_Vertical_webgas, power, water/wastewater and other infrastructures industries.  Cathodic Protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface by making it the cathode of an electrochemical cell.  MATCOR has an array of proprietary cathodic protection products and systems combined with high-quality corrosion engineering services, and installation and maintenance services.

In business for over 40 years, MATCOR is considered the technology leader in cathodic protection and corrosion engineering.  MATCOR is headquartered in Chalfont, PA, has a major service operation in Houston, TX, 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. Because of strong continued growth, MATCOR is seeking talented new team members to fill cathodic protection and corrosion engineering jobs.

MATCOR employees and culture are driven by three core principles. Whether a technician, engineer or manager, these principles guide us toward positive relationships with our clients and positive outcomes to every project we undertake.  These core values are:  We Respect Others, We Honor our Commitments and We Act in a Safe and Responsible Way.

“Our cathodic protection and corrosion engineering job openings, from technician to management positions, offer you the opportunity to grow with our team of seasoned cathodic protection experts and become part of a unique culture,” said Doug Fastuca, president of MATCOR, “As we are experiencing tremendous growth and request for our products and service offerings, this is an excellent time to join MATCOR.  In addition to competitive benefits, you can become NACE certified and enjoy other advanced educational opportunities.”

Our ideal job candidates will possess these values and hold a positive attitude.  This is a rapidly growing company with many new career opportunities.  Your cathodic protection, corrosion engineering and management job opportunity is here, today!

View the open position here: http://matcor.applicantpro.com/jobs/

MATCOR Offers Take on Natural Gas Liquids Production and NGL Transportation

“There is much discussion about the abundance of natural gas deposits in Marcellus Shale, and there is tremendous focus in extracting this precious resource. However, the industry’s ability to get this product to the end user is impacted by the infrastructure that currently exists.

“While rail is a means to transport natural gas, MATCOR is working with a growing number of midstream companies in expanding transmission and distribution piping networks. The key is to get product to market in a cost-effective and safe manor, and MATCOR’s cathodic protection products and services help ensure any new pipeline, regardless of the product it delivers, is in compliance and protected from corrosion.”

John Rothermel, PE

Vice President of Sales, MATCOR

Pipelines Planned for NGL Transportation Through Central Pennsylvania

At least one company is looking to take advantage of the rapid growth of natural gas liquids production from two of the largest shale regions in the nation.

Sunoco Logistics, a Philadelphia-based company that transports, terminals, and stores crude oil and refined petroleum products, recently announced that it was surveying land for a new pipeline, dubbed Mariner II East, that would connect production of natural gas liquids (NGL) from the Marcellus and Utica  shale regions of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to one of the company’s oil and diesel tank farms outside of Mechanicsburg.

The company also has plans to convert its existing Mariner East I pipeline, which used to carry oil and diesel fuel west, so that it carries propane and ethane east to its facility in Marcus Hook, which had also been idled.

The company bought the refinery from the former Sunoco Co. earlier this year for $60 million and is spending an unspecified amount of money to upgrade it and bring it back online as a natural gas liquids production refinery.

Sunoco Logistics is betting on the continued growth of natural gas production, of which NGLs like propane and ethane are byproducts. Natural gas production has increased in recent years thanks to hydraulic fracking, which has resulted in a larger supply that has driven prices down and has therefore, like a circle, created bigger demand for natural gas.

As a result of this process, NGL production has climbed during the last four years from 50 million to 70 million barrels per month. But, without greater avenues for NGL transportation, the increased production is moot.

Sunoco Logistics says that its plan to build a new NGL transportation pipeline, and convert an old pipeline for NGL transportation, will help create a northeast NGL hub in Marcus Hook that will help meet the demands of NGL producers and local and overseas consumers.

The Mariner East projects are only a few of the pipelines being planned by Sunoco Logistics. The company has roughly a dozen oil and gas projects on the books over the next 12 months at a cost of $1.3 billion, four times what it spent on capital expenditures each of the last four years.

MATCOR offers cathodic protection safety products and services to companies like Sunoco Logistics, which require cathodic protection equipment to maximize safety, efficiency, and capital investment in their pipeline projects.

Further Reading

Sunoco Logistics Plans Marcellus, Utica Pipeline Through Susquehanna Valley,” The Patriot News, Nov. 21, 2013.

Houston Researcher Begins Phase 2 of Corrosion and Cathodic Protection Scale Study

Brine Chemistry Solutions is beginning phase two of a project researching corrosion and scale prediction. The corrosion and cathodic protection study will examine prevention in extreme pressure and temperature environments that could make drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico safer and more productive.

Brine Chemistry Solutions, a Houston-based researcher of water chemistry issues in the energy industry, announced it has begun phase two of a research project that will evaluate corrosion and scale prediction and prevention at extreme pressure and temperature (xHP/HT).

Phase one of the research involved conducting experiments with instrumentation capable of studying corrosion and scale formation at up to 24,000 psi and 250°C (482°F). Phase one produced methodology and data that will be used in phase two to further develop the company’s models.

Phase two will include additional xHP/HT testing of corrosion and scale in additional alloy types and complex brine systems and will screen multiple inhibitors for thermal stability and effectiveness.

Brine Chemistry Solutions will use an autoclave reactor, proprietary flow-through apparatus, and vertical scanning interferometry to focus on kinetics and behavior at xHP/HT while simultaneously studying the thermal stability of inhibitors.

Modeling during phase two will also focus on solvent behavior in electrolytes that have specified chemical properties and will expand to include the quantification of kinetic factors during water-ion and ion-ion interactions. Modeling will incorporate the equation of state based on statistical associating fluids theory.

 “The corrosion and scale research being performed by Brine Chemistry Solutions is good for the Gulf of Mexico,” said Glenn Shreffler, executive vice president, engineering at MATCOR, a  cathodic protection company that specializes in providing customized corrosion engineering and cathodic protection systems to oil and gas and other industries.

“There are a literally hundreds of oil and gas production wells in the gulf but there’s not a lot of data about corrosion and scale in deepwater, extreme pressure and temperature environments,” Shreffler said. “That means this research has the potential to provide a great deal of information, including  predictive models, that will help us help our customers enhance production and improve safety and reliability.”

The corrosion and scale research is part of a larger, $4.5 million project that was awarded to Brine Chemistry Solutions by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America.

SOURCE: http://www.offshore-mag.com/articles/2013/11/brine-chemistry-solutions-launches-phase-ii-of-research-for-rpsea-project.html

Another New Pipeline for Texas will require Cathodic Protection

Texas continues its frenzied activity of chemicals, energy and cathodic protection of pipelines. Dow Chemical Company announced this week a full service chemical pipeline from the Houston area to East Texas. Wood Group Mustang will provide construction and support services for this project.

The pipeline runs from Freeport and Mt. Belvieu, Texas. Asset management and maintenance of the pipeline will be a requirement. Some of those regulations include pipeline cathodic protection for almost 140 miles between the Dow Texas facilities.

The pipelines and station upgrades are part of Dow Chemical’s expansion of its ethylene unit. Dow’s recently announced a detailed plan to capitalize on booming supplies of shale gas in North America.

This contract includes a wide spectrum of field services, construction management and engineering (including Cathodic Protection).  Wood Group Mustang has provided similar services for Dow Chemical on previous projects. The project will be overseen through its Houston and Angleton, Texas offices. The project is estimated to reach completion in 2016.

 

Matcor’s Insight That Works

Dow Chemical has recently started a turnaround in its Texas operations. This is exciting for both Dow and the related service industries. As Dow ramps up its chemical and ethylene operations, services such as cathodic protection for pipelines will also see a lift. In short, this investment will build more than a pipeline. The communities and local economies around this pipeline are sure to see a boost from Dow, Wood Group Mustang and their contractors.

 

SOURCE:  http://pipelinesinternational.com/news/wood_group_mustang_selected_for_dow_pipeline_construction_project/082073/

 

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Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Complete: Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Pipelines Begin Service

Major Permian Basin and Eagle Ford pipelines have begun service, it was announced today. DCP Midstream, Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy have completed the natural gas pipeline construction and own a one-third interest in the pipeline entities.

Quick Facts:

– The 720-mile Sand Hills NGL Pipeline is transporting natural gas liquids (NGLs) from production in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale.

– The 800-mile Southern Hills NGL Pipeline is transporting NGLs from production in the Midcontinent.

“Sand Hills and Southern Hills provide a solution to the critical need for vital transportation capacity from key liquids producing regions,” said Wouter van Kempen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of DCP Midstream. “DCP Midstream will have an integrated NGL pipeline system, consisting of Sand Hills and Southern Hills as well as our interests in the Front Range and Texas Express pipelines, that connect our gathering and processing systems located in most of the major liquids-rich and oil-driven shale plays to growing Gulf Coast markets. As the nation’s No. 1 NGL producer, the No. 2 natural gas gatherer and processor, and the No. 3 NGL pipeline operator, DCP Midstream can offer customers superior value and services across the midstream value chain.”

The Permian Basin and Eagle Ford NGL pipelines began taking flows in the fourth quarter of 2012 and first quarter of 2013, respectively, and are on budget and ahead of schedule.

Sand Hills NGL Pipeline

The Permian Basin and Eagle Ford NGL Pipeline provides takeaway service from DCP Midstream and third-party plants in the Permian and the Eagle Ford to fractionation facilities along the Texas Gulf Coast and the Mont Belvieu, Texas, market hub. The pipeline will ramp up to a capacity of more than 200,000 barrels per day after completion of initial pump stations. Further capacity increases to 350,000 bbl/d are possible with the installation of additional pump stations.

Sand Hills was developed to meet growing demand in the Permian and Eagle Ford, where DCP Midstream has a significant gathering and processing footprint. In the Permian, DCP Midstream is the largest producer of NGLs and has processing capacity of 1.3 billion cubic feet per day. In addition, the Rawhide Plant will add 75 million cubic feet per day of processing capacity when it goes into service in the middle of 2013. In the Eagle Ford, DCP Midstream and its master limited partnership, DCP Midstream Partners, have integrated assets that include seven processing plants, which will have processing capacity of 1.2 Bcf/d with the completion of the Goliad Plant in the first quarter of 2014.

Southern Hills NGL Pipeline

Southern Hills NGL Pipeline provides takeaway service from DCP Midstream and third-party plants in the Midcontinent to fractionation facilities along the Texas Gulf Coast and the Mont Belvieu market hub. The pipeline will ramp up to a capacity of 175,000 bbl/d after completion of planned pump stations.

This critical piece of midstream infrastructure provides improved market access for growing Midcontinent NGL production, where DCP Midstream has a leading position as a gatherer and processor with approximately 2 Bcf/d of processing capacity.

Matcor’s Insight That Works

This announcement is exciting for all companies who are involved with the natural gas pipelines industry. The news is in line with continued growth of energy demand.

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.

SOURCE: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dcp-midstream-phillips-66-and-spectra-energy-announce-major-ngl-pipelines-in-service-2013-06-17?pagenumber=1

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 that carry a 10 year guarantee. MATCOR’s blog, Cathodically Protected, offers the latest insights on cathodic protection equipment and more.

NextEra Requests Bids to Build Third Gas Pipeline Into Florida

NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE)’s utility Florida Power & Light Co. said it’s requesting bids to build a third natural gas pipeline into Florida to meet growing demand from power generators.

The approximately 700-mile (1,125-kilometer) pipeline would deliver gas from western Alabama to a new hub in Central Florida that would connect to FPL’s gas system in Martin County, the Juno Beach, Florida-based company said today in a statement. The line would deliver about 400 million cubic feet of gas a day starting in 2017, and would increase after that, the company said.

Bids for the project, which will consist of two segments, are due by April 3, 2013, Richard Gibbs, a spokesman for FPL, said today in a telephone interview. The “multibillion dollar” pipeline will need federal, state and local approvals, Gibbs said.

Florida uses more natural gas to produce electricity than any U.S. state other than Texas and 60 percent of the state’s power is generated by gas plants, the company said.

SOURCE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-19/nextera-requests-bids-to-build-third-gas-pipeline-into-florida.html

TransCanada gets Keystone XL win in Texas

A state judge in Texas ruled that Canadian pipeline company TransCanada can move ahead with pipeline construction in the south of the state.

TransCanada aims to build its Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil derived from oil sands operations in Alberta. Part of the U.S. section of the project would move crude oil across southeastern Texas to refineries along the southern coast.

Texas landowners sued TransCanada, saying property easement bonds weren’t posted according to the letter of the law. The company, however, increased the size of the bonds meant to cover potential damage and a judge gave the company consent to move forward in Texas.

“The statutory requirements for the issuance of writs of possession are now met,” Jefferson County Court at Law Judge Tom Rugg was quoted by Bloomberg News as saying.

TransCanada in July received the last of three permits needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to advance its 485-mile Gulf Coast Project, the domestic leg of Keystone XL.

The Gulf Coast Project will stretch from Cushing, Okla., to southern Texas. Another 47-mile project would transport oil to refineries in Houston.

SOURCE: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/10/01/TransCanada-gets-Keystone-XL-win-in-Texas/UPI-88011349093527/

Corrosion Mentor & Expert Jeff Didas Joins MATCOR

Jeff Didas
Jeff Didas Joins MATCOR

Doylestown, PA (April 24) – MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions proudly announced on Corrosion Awareness Day that Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Didas joined the MATCOR Engineering team as Senior Corrosion Engineer.

Didas brings to MATCOR more than 38 years of experience in the corrosion industry, having worked for some of the world’s largest pipeline owner/operators and energy companies.

In the role of Senior Corrosion Engineer Jeff will report to Glenn Shreffler, MATCOR’s Executive Vice President and will be responsible for assisting the Engineering team on all aspects of corrosion control, and overseeing the pipeline integrity service offerings provided by MATCOR.

Shreffler said, “Jeff will provide corrosion engineering solutions to the most complex corrosion problems facing our clients around the world.”  He continued, “Jeff brings a wealth of skills and experiences that will benefit our clients and the entire MATCOR team, and that is priceless.”

Didas sits on the Board of Directors for NACE International and is recognized as the current Treasurer. He has been a member of NACE since January 1, 1975, and has an outstanding track record of leadership and volunteerism within the organization.

Didas has delivered many presentations and published several technical papers at NACE conferences as well as the Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course. In appreciation for his many years of commitment to NACE, he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

Jeff Stello, MATCOR’s President and CEO said “We are thrilled to add someone like Jeff Didas to our Engineering team.  His skills, experiences and reputation are unmatched in our industry.  We are confident that Jeff will improve our ability to better serve our clients and to add value in many other ways such as helping to develop younger engineers and technicians on the MATCOR staff.”

Didas attended Thomas A. Edison State College in Trenton, NJ, where he received his BSET in electrical engineering. He acquired his ASEE in Electronics Technology from Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield Mass.  In addition, Didas is certified as a NACE Corrosion Specialist, Cathodic Protection Specialist, Coatings Specialist, Chemical Treatment Specialist and a Level 3 certified Corrosion Inspector and is an SSPC certified Protective Coatings Specialist.  Along with his full-time role at MATCOR and responsibilities at the NACE Board of Directors, Didas is also a NACE Cathodic Protection instructor.

MATCOR hires experienced Houston based Account Manager Matthew Giardina

Doylestown, PA, November 9:  MATCOR, Inc. a full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions announced today that  they have made another valuable addition to its sales team by bringing on board Houston based, Matthew Giardina.

MATCOR logo
MATCOR hires Matthew Giardina

Giardina joins the MATCOR team as one of the Regional Account Managers located in the Gulf Coast area.  Giardina’s responsibilities include providing account management leadership, and expanding MATCOR’s presence throughout the Gulf Coast, while focusing on the oil and gas markets.

“We are pleased that Matthew has become part of the MATCOR team.  His industry experience and desire to ensure our clients benefit from MATCOR products and services will allow him to be an asset in executing our sales strategies,” said Vice President of Sales & Marketing John Rothermel.

Giadina said, “I am excited and fortunate to work with MATCOR, and believe there is tremendous opportunity to grow MATCOR’s innovative product and services solutions.  MATCOR’s proprietary products are manufactured in-house and are unrivaled in the industry.  This gives me the opportunity to further develop the Gulf Coast market, and to help our clients achieve their corrosion prevention goals.”

Giardina brings almost seven years of experience working in the corrosion industry.  Most recently, he was responsible for growing national accounts with a leading coatings manufacturer.

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 35 years. An expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection products, installation, cathodic protection testing, maintenance and complete corrosion protection project management. MATCOR specializes in protecting the infrastructure of the oil and gas, electric utility, transportation and construction industries.