TORONTO MesoCoat Inc.
expects to complete construction of a new manufacturing
facility in Euclid, Ohio, in the second quarter.
The plant will be capable of
producing about 18.6 miles of clad pipe annually, making it one
of the top five metallurgical clad pipe facilities in the
world, according to the subsidiary of Miami-based technology
firm Abakan Inc.
MesoCoat broke ground on the
facility last year (AMM, April 7).
Separately, Abakan said MesoCoat
had clad the inside of steel pipe with corrosion- and
wear-resistant alloys. The process should to be qualified for
use by major oil companies within the next six months, assuming
it meets both American Petroleum Institute (API) and Det Norske
Veritas (DNV) standards, the company said.
CermaClad high-speed metallurgical cladding technology also
could serve as an alternative to overlay and laser cladding
methods because it offers a faster, better and less-expensive
solution, chief executive officer Andrew Sherman said in a
About half of the $3.8-billion
market for metal cladding, designed to protect against wear and
corrosion, is devoted to steel pipe used in the oil and gas,
oil sands, mining and processing sectors, according to
MesoCoat. Demand for steel pipe cladding is expected to double
over the next four years because most new oil and gas fields
are located in highly corrosive environments, the company