The Germany company Isoplus (www.isoplus-pipes.com), leader in the thermal coating market in Europe, has established a technological agreement with PSS to use and adequate its technology in the Uganda Tanzania heavy oil pipeline with a longitude of 1.450 km and a diameter of 24’’.
Grupo Andreani (an associate of PSS) will give additional backing for the construction, assembly and operation in the case that Isoplus get the contract in 2017.
“Is an honor for PSS that a company with a renown international trajectory takes into account our technology for a project of such a magnitude as the Uganda Tanzania pipeline”, said Guillermo Noriega (PSS’ president).
The products will be manufacture to transport oil, without the necessity for contaminant chemicals.
If you had to personify the Argentinian economy of the moment, the approximate image would be a novice juggler walking on the tight rope, without stability, nor help of any kind. Even so a group of businessmen choose to invest in Nueva Galia. They will reuse a plant that haven’t been in use for three years. There, they will coat tubes to maintain the oil temperature, without having to use import chemicals, nor contaminant substances. “At first the products will be destine to Mendoza and to Vaca Muerta, the shale oil field in Neuqén, with which Argentina could have the energy self-sufficiency that we lost eight years ago due to a lack of investments”, explained in few words Franco Andreani, who tops the project that “Patagonia Shale Services”, a company that belongs to the group Andreani, carry on.
According to what Andreani explained, this is a zone in which the oil is in a hard stage for extraction, because is very heavy and it is housed in a non porous area. “big investments are being made to place new technologies, this is what is called non conventional oil. They are big reserves that could allow Argentina get out of the importation dependency”, he said. The plant, that will work in the puntal location and currently is in the stage of construction and adaptation, will take four months to put in the necessary conditions for it to start working and, depending of the work volume required in the company, fifteen people for turn will be needed. “We are beginning to hire people so we can train them specifically in the tasks that they will have to perform”, said Andreani and he explained that later they will have to wait that the oil companies, between them YPF, make a plant qualification. The calculus made by the businessman indicate that in June or July the productive activity will be full.
“The idea of staying in San Luis appeared because we already knew the old owners. We offered them use the equipment that was out of use, they accepted and later we started contacting the people that used to work at the plant”, he specified. The building is located over the route 88 and posses a big logistic advantage because is located between two access routes, to Mendoza and to Neuquén. “It is about a spout of polyethylene, coated inside with a type of polyurethane more rigid than the known one, which interior also has another smaller tube made of steel. This tube will drive the oil, which will maintain its temperature and will arrive ready for the distillation process” he described. The tubes are use to work with innumerable products and are fabricated different types of thickness and sizes. “It is a technology that prevents the use of imported chemicals, that dissolve the paraffin and pollute the environment. Now the oil will arrive to the distillery and there they will retire the paraffin, that is used for other things”, he said. What seduced Franco Andreani to invest in Nueva Galia was the tranquility of the zone, the culture of work that characterize the province and the support of the mayor Viviana Beatriz Moreyra and the senator Sergio Freixes.
YPF hosted the meeting that reunited the leaders of the Latin American oil companies with big multinationals of the service, local industrialists and the supplying chambers of the O&G sector. With the participation of Miguel Galuccio and the minister Débora Giorgi, the challenges and opportunities of the region in the import situation were analyzed.
The non conventional had a central chapter. The value of the hydrocarbon production as an invigorating element of the economy, able of transform the industrial value chain, was the central point of the encounter in which coincided: the government, the Latin American oil companies, international services industries and small Argentinian industrialists. Pemex, Ecopetrol, Petroamazonas, YPFB and PDVSA, are some of the companies that, together with YPF, gave testimony of their vocation for replacing import supplies for national ones, under the heat of an increasing demand generated by the transformations in its management, the planed inversion volume, the biggest hydrocarbon production and the modernization of its productive processes.
In the same way, the directives of services companies, known as the big investments players at an international level, expressed themselves. Many of this players already put their foot on Vaca Muerta and are planing important investments in the Argentinian non conventional sector.
Representatives of Baker Hughes, Schlummberg, Halliburton and Weatherford expressed to an auditory full of avid businessmen, wanting to place their products, the necessary conditions for the local industries to win terrain in the path to energy self-sufficiency.
According to the testimonies gathered by the representative of Shale, “quality and sustainability” are the words that summarize what the companies expect of the long time relations with its suppliers.
Achieve this condition, adding to the improvement and the international standard certification, is the grate challenge that the small and medium metallurgic, chemicals and technological companies must overcome to benefit from the more than u$d 600,000 millions in investments that, according to industry minister Giorgi, will arrive to the O&G sector of the region in the period 2013-2017.
The presence of the minister, along with the YPF’s CEO, was one of the outstanding points of the first regional encounter of the oil and gas industrial chain, organized by the Argentinian oil companies and the Industries and External Relations ministry.
Débora Giorgi maintained that “we have to achieve an efficient importation situation, articulating the public and the private, to keep developing the hydrocarbon regional industry”. For its part, the Ing. Miguel Galuccio, host of the encounter, stressed that the reunion “is a good first step to create the block of the ten most important oil companies in Latin America; a decision that will give us the opportunity to generate synergies to boost the region’s development”. Knowing how to contribute to the opportunity will be the key that will mark the future of Argentina, its economy, its energy matrix and its industrial sector.
Patagonia Shale Services has fulfilled with its first purchase order from YPF. The work done during the period conform between November 2014 and February 2015, consisted of the implementation of the thermal coating for the 40,000 meters of lineal steel 3,5’’ tubing and total provision of the field joints kit, which will be use by YPF in the exploding oil field located in Loma Campana, Neuquén.
Currently, PSS counts with a continuous line of thermal coasting unique in Latin America, able to process tubes from 2 to 8 inches in diameter. The same line is capable of triplicate the production capacity of any other similar provider in the region. The PSS plant located in Nueva Galia it’s in constant process of expansion, growing with each new order, which it compromises to satisfy, fulfilling the highest quality levels.
The tube coating that PSS makes consist in the application of polyurethane and polyethylene layers according to the international normative EN 253. Said layers contribute to maintain the non conventional oil (Shale Oil) temperature in its translate stage, preventing the use of additional chemicals or additional contaminating substances to achieve the same result. This way, PSS contributes to the care and preservation of the environment, through its important role in the oil industry.
The company performed the implementation and training for its field joints kits in the Puesto Flores’s field too.
Patagonia Shale Services made the thermal coating of the 7,000 meters of ERFV 6’’ tubes (Epoxy reinforced with fiberglass) for Chevron. This client also hired the services of field joints kits implementation, which fulfill the purpose of reinforcing the joins between the coated pipelines. PSS offered training in the implementation of its products that were going to be used by the client over the well lines situated in the field in Puesto las Flores, Rio Negro.