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.
MesoCoats trademarked 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 statement.
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 added.