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Pipeline Construction Expansion Expected – LNG

New oil and gas gathered at shale plays already has had a significant impact for pipeline construction companies — and if the U.S. government permits more companies to export liquefied natural gas, pipeline construction companies could hit new highs.

A report from consulting firm within the energy industry, estimates that between 2013 and 2017, companies are expected to spend $216 billion on onshore pipeline projects.

The new estimate is an increase of 12 percent compared to onshore pipeline expenditures during the past five years.

Due to the rising global energy demand, oil and gas production is expected to increase, the report said.

Because of this increase in production, companies around the U.S. are already investing in more pipelines to transport oil and gas from shale plays to refineries on the Gulf Coast. For example, Tenaris SA (NYSE: TS), a Luxembourg-based steel pipe manufacturer that has its North American headquarters in Houston, just reveled Feb. 15 that it would spend up to $1.5 billion on a new steel pipe plant just outside of Houston. The driving force behind this plant was increased oil and gas production in areas such as the Eagle Ford Shale play in south Texas.

However, other countries besides the U.S. are hankering for natural gas produced in U.S. shale plays. If the U.S. approves more permits for LNG to be exported to these areas, this could increase the demand for pipelines even more than the current demand.

SOURCE: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/nuts-and-bolts/2013/02/lng-expected-to-drive-pipeline.html?page=all

 

Industry Challenges Texas Pipeline Ruling

Pipeline companies are asking the Texas Supreme Court to overturn a ruling they say jeopardizes new projects, escalating the battle over the costs of transporting oil and natural gas produced by the energy boom in South Texas.

The industry says its costs are soaring as landowners, bolstered by a recent appellate-court opinion, seek much higher payments for damage to their property values from pipelines and reject what they see as lowball offers from companies. Under Texas law, companies can build pipelines across private property over landowners’ objections, but must pay for use of the land and any damage to the value of the rest of the property.

The dispute in the South Texas case could have ramifications in other states where pipelines are proliferating along with new oil and gas fields, some legal experts say, as lawyers and appraisers build on arguments that have gained traction in court.

A year ago, an appellate court in San Antonio upheld a jury verdict against LaSalle Pipeline LP that awarded $600,000 to the Donnell family of McMullen County, Texas. The award was mostly for the loss of value to an 8,000-acre ranch after LaSalle built a natural-gas pipeline that stretched for four miles across the property.

LaSalle has appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, which has asked for briefs but not yet agreed to hear the case. Another pipeline company filed an amicus brief last month.

In the case, an appraiser hired by the family calculated the loss in value by studying sales of similar properties nearby, and found that those with pipelines sold for 20% less on average than those without pipelines.

A lawyer representing the family declined to comment on the case.

LaSalle didn’t dispute that it should pay for the rights to the 17 affected acres, but it said the pipeline didn’t diminish the value of the overall property at all. The Houston-based company argued that the landowner’s appraiser failed to consider factors besides a pipeline that could affect what people would pay for it, including location, shape and access to water.

LaSalle also maintained the landowner’s appraiser didn’t submit figures to the jury that would support his calculations.

Tom Zabel, a Houston lawyer representing LaSalle and other pipeline companies, said that costs to obtain rights of way have increased fivefold or sixfold in South Texas since the verdict in the Donnell trial.

In the Southwest alone, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America estimates the region will need 50,100 miles of gathering pipelines, which take gas from wells to processing plants, between 2011 and 2020, 31% of the total nationally.

Energy Transfer Partners LP, a major pipeline operator that filed the amicus brief with the court in support of LaSalle, said that landowners, armed just with the appellate opinion, have argued in more than 20 condemnation hearings that pipelines would reduce their property values by at least 20%. Under state law, local panels hold hearings when pipeline companies sue landowners to obtain rights to build on their property.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer argued that if allowed to stand, the rationale affirmed in the appellate opinion would leave companies unable to “predict the costs associated with their projects and the viability of pipelines.”

Barry Diskin, a professor at Florida State University who has done work for pipeline companies, said he has never seen a study that found a systematic pattern in property values tied to pipelines. “I’ve not seen one, and I’ve looked,” he said.

But just the possibility of a major explosion is enough, in the real world, to depress property values near pipelines, said Marcus Schwartz, a lawyer in Halletsville, Texas, who represents landowners.

SOURCE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203436904577153001395050804.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

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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.