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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.”

Video Demonstrates Cathodic Protection System Installation

Iron Gopher® Impressed Current Linear Anode System designed for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is installed beneath an above ground storage tank (AST)

Chalfont, PA (May 27, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions recently released a video showing the installation of the company’s Iron Gopher impressed current linear anode system at the site of an above ground storage tank in Texas.

Trenching to install cathodic protection systems may not be feasible for applications such as cross country pipelines, congested industrial environments and under above ground storage tanks. For these horizontal directional drilling applications, a linear anode with superior mechanical strength is required. The Iron Gopher with Kynex® technology is the only impressed current linear anode designed specifically for cathodic protection in horizontal directional drilling applications.

“As another example, Colonial Pipeline installed several thousand feet of our Iron Gopher® linear anode at an HDD project in NE Georgia,” said Ted Huck, VP of Sales for MATCOR. “With its unique design and greatly increased strength, Iron Gopher is superior to anything seen in the market for cathodic protection in HDD applications.”

Learn about MATCOR’s complete cathodic protection installation services.

About 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/

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

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/

 

About MATCOR & its Blog: Cathodically Protected

Matcor is a leading provider of ISO 9001:2008-certified cathodic protection management and mixed metal oxide anodes. Our cathodic protection contractors and services carry an unmatched 10 year guarantee. Matcor offers the latest insights on the cathodic and anodic protection industry.

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.

TransCanada to Build Texas Segment of Keystone XL Pipeline

TransCanada Corp. will proceed with building a $2.3 billion segment of its Keystone XL oil pipeline from Oklahoma to the Texas coast so that it isn’t delayed by U.S. approval for the rest of the line.

The company, based in Calgary, expects the segment to begin carrying crude from the Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast as soon as mid-year 2013, according to a statement today. TransCanada is separating the Cushing line from its application to President Barack Obama for approval of a Keystone expansion that will bring crude into the U.S. from Canada’s oil sands.

“We remain committed to building this overall project in a timely and efficient manner and to meet demand of shippers,” said TransCanada Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling in an interview today. Shippers are making multi billion dollar commitments spanning decades and “they haven’t wavered from Keystone,” he said.

As originally envisioned, Keystone XL would have carried as much as 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada, and the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota and Montana along a 1,661-mile (2,673-kilometer) path to Texas refineries. The full $7.6 billion Keystone pipeline needed a permit from the State Department because it crossed the U.S.-Canada border.

Obama’s Keystone Rejection

Obama rejected Keystone XL in January based on concerns the pipeline might pollute drinking water resources in Nebraska. Obama said a Congressional deadline left him too little time to consider the revised route through Nebraska that the company accepted in November.

As a stand-alone project, the Cushing segment will not need approval from the State Department. The pipeline will help relieve oversupplies that have accumulated in the U.S. Midwest because of a lack of pipeline capacity to carry the oil to refineries on the coast.

Cushing is the delivery point for crude oil traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange. A lack of pipeline capacity between Cushing and the Gulf Coast, where most refineries are located, has caused U.S. oil to trade at a discount to imports.

Obama’s administration supports TransCanada’s plan to build the Oklahoma-to-Texas segment separately.

“Moving oil from the Midwest to the world-class, state-of- the-art refineries on the Gulf Coast will modernize our infrastructure, create jobs, and encourage American energy production,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement today.

‘Near Future’

TransCanada will apply for a permit “in the near future” to build the section from the U.S.-Canada border to Steele City, Nebraska, according to the statement. The company may alter the route in Nebraska, the company said in the statement.

Proceeding with the Cushing section of the line will allow TransCanada to realize income from the pipeline before the full project is built, said Steven Paget, an analyst with FirstEnergy Capital Corp. in Calgary.

“The Gulf Coast Project will transport growing supplies of U.S. crude oil to meet refinery demand in Texas,” Girling said in the statement. “Gulf Coast refineries can then access lower- cost domestic production and avoid paying a premium to foreign oil producers.”

Environmental groups remain opposed to all sections of the pipeline because of concerns about the potential environmental impact of tar-like bitumen known as oil-sands crude.

‘National Interest’

“Whether in pieces or as a whole, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in the national interest,” Susan Casey- Lefkowitz, director of international programs for the New York- based National Resources Defense Council, wrote in a comment published on the environmental organization’s website. “Raw tar-sands oil going from the Midwest to the Gulf for refining means serious pipeline safety issues for landowners.”

Enbridge Inc. and Enterprise Products Partners LP are preparing to reverse the Seaway pipeline between Cushing and Houston, which will also help alleviate the glut at Cushing. Seaway will be able to carry 150,000 barrels by June 1, and will be expanded to 400,000 barrels by early 2013, the companies have said.

FirstEnergy’s Paget said there’s room for both pipelines, since oil production is growing in the U.S. Also, the full Keystone pipeline will eventually bring much more oil to Cushing, he said.

“The Seaway line’s contracts are independent of Keystone,” said Paget, who rates TransCanada’s shares“market perform” and owns none. “I’m not saying both lines will be full.”

SOURCE: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-28/transcanada-to-build-texas-segment-of-keystone-xl-pipeline.html

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.

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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.

MATCOR Hires Robert Johnson as Technical Project Manager

Robert Johnson MATCOR
MATCOR Hires Robert Johnson as Technical Project Manager

Doylestown, PA (August 5) – MATCOR, Inc. a full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions today announced Robert Johnson has joined MATCOR as Technical Project Manager, bringing a wealth of experience in managing large oil and gas pipeline construction projects.

Johnson brings more than 13 years of experience in the energy sector, and will report to Director of Engineering, Chris Sheldon

“Robert is a great addition to the expanding MATCOR client services team,” said Sheldon. “He has extensive engineering, estimating and construction experience in the energy sector, working directly for leading energy companies such as Reliant Energy, CenterPoint Energy and Equitable Resources to name a few, where he was responsible for ensuring quality, cost, schedule and safety goals were achieved.”

Johnson said, “I was attracted to MATCOR because they have consistently demonstrated leadership in the cathodic protection industry.  The diverse product line, engineering and project management services bring MATCOR to the forefront in this ever-diversifying market.  MATCOR is ready to meet the unique challenges and provide the vital services required.”

Johnson will be based out of MATCOR’s Houston Gulf Coast facility.

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 expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection design, 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. 
To learn more about MATCOR, visit the new website at matcor.com or call 800 523 6692.

Galveston’s tall ship Elissa no longer seaworthy…corrosion issue

GALVESTON, Texas — The official tall ship of Texas is in trouble.

The iron and steel bottom of the three-masted 1877 Elissa is nearly rusted through in places, prompting the U.S. Coast Guard to declare that the vessel is not seaworthy.

Officials at the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston where the Elissa is berthed were astonished when a Coast Guard inspection earlier this year revealed the rotten hull.

The tall ship is inspected twice every five years, said John Schaumburg, museum assistant director. The latest inspection uncovered the worst rot since the tall ship was rebuilt in 1982, he said.

Very little corrosion was discovered during the previous dry dock in 2008, prompting surprise that the bottom could have deteriorated so quickly, Schaumburg said.

“Everyone’s jaw just dropped,” said Ed Green, one of about 100 volunteer crew members from Houston. About half of the volunteers are from Houston, as are most of the ship’s visitors, Schaumburg said.

No one knows for sure what caused the rapid deterioration, but officials suspect that Hurricane Ike might be the culprit. Elissa rode out the September 2008 storm at a special mooring designed for violent storms, losing a sail, a spar and suffering some other minor damage.

The worst damage was unseen, Schaumburg said. Sea water eats into any metal, so 15 zinc “anodes” are fastened to the hull to draw off the corrosion. Naturally occurring electrical currents draw the corrosion to the anodes, Schaumburg explained.

Officials believe that an electric current, possibly caused by an electric line dislodged by the storm, may have caused the rapid erosion, he said.

The series of inspections were conducted at the Bollinger Texas City LP ship yard. Enough repair was done to allow the Elissa to sail back to Galveston, where it will remain until it celebrates the 30th anniversary of its reconstruction at a Greek shipyard.

By then the museum hopes to have raised $3 million to replace the hull as well as do a long overdue replacement of the fir deck and deck furniture, such as the companionway and skylight.

Schaumburg said officials won’t know until refitting begins whether the entire hull below water will need replacement or only the 54 corroded steel plates, each 4 feet by 10-12 feet. If all goes according to plan, the Elissa will be sailing again in 2012, he said.

The museum is negotiating with a professional fundraiser and has established a system that allows $10 donations to be made by texting 50555.

Green, a 7-year volunteer, said it is vital that the Elissa keep sailing.

“The Elissa is indicative of the types of ships that brought commerce to Galveston and to Texas,” Green said. “I think it’s important to keep that part of history for everyone to see it.”

SOURCE: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7650327.html