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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!

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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.


Safety scare for North Sea oil rigs

Government safety inspectors have blasted oil companies for failing to deal with serious corrosion on North Sea rigs that could put lives in danger and lead to a disaster.

On one rig corroded pipes led to a “significant quantity” of gas leaking and it was “fortunate” there was no explosion.The revelations are in reports from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which launched an inspection program last year over concerns about oil platforms and pipelines which are being used beyond their expected lifespan.

The documents obtained through Freedom of Information by an oilworkers’ union reveal the HSE has issued improvement notices to rig operators after its inspectors found evidence of corrosion that could have resulted in severe damage in at least three installations, two off the Scottish coastline.

Industry representatives said the inspection programme had shown that most rigs had effective anti-corrosion programmes in place.

But the Scottish National Party’s Westminster energy spokesman said the latest reports strengthened the argument for the Scottish Parliament to be given new powers to regulate the offshore industry. The documents have emerged following the leakage of more than 200 tonnes of oil from a pipeline from Shell’s Gannet Alpha, 112 miles offshore from Aberdeen.

The most serious incident revealed by the FoI requests happened in October last year on the Brae Alpha rig, operated by the oil company Marathon around 100 miles north-east of Aberdeen.

According to an official Improvement Notice issued by the HSE, a gas leak on the installation, which has around 100 staff, was only discovered after a worker smelled gas.The subsequent investigation by HSE staff found that “the incident featured an uncontrolled leak of flammable hydrocarbon gas in significant quantity from a pipe near the east side” of the platform. The incident had the potential to cause fire and explosion.”

The HSE pinpointed the source as combined and progressive internal and external corrosion affecting the pipe work. It added: “The issues underlying this show that you have failed adequately to detect the extent and severity of the corrosion.”

It also pointed out no gas detection coverage was available in the area of escape.

The HSE ordered Marathon to review its systems for inspecting for corrosion by March this year.

Another serious example of corrosion involved the Balmoral Platform, operated by Premier Oil, 135 miles north- east of Aberdeen.

Jake Molloy, regional organiser of the RMT union offshore energy branch, said oil companies were showing: “a blatant disregard for workers health and safety.”

Of the Brae Alpha incident, he said: “We find it astonishing that this significant gas leak was only discovered by a worker actually smelling the gas. Well done to the worker and thank God he wasn’t suffering from a cold. But think about it – no gas detection system.