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MAR 2015

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Feature 54 MARCH 2015 COATINGSPROMAG.COM BY STEPHANIE MARIE CHIZIK PHOTOS COURTESY RAM-100 INTERNATIONAL , LLC M idland, Texas. Pascagoula, Mississippi. Lafayette, Louisiana. W hen you think oil, you might think cities similar to these. But it's a city on the other side of the Gulf of Mexico that was the force behind a recent oil pipeline extension. Te Mexico City metro area is home to about 22 million people, which is a bit larger than that of the New York City metro area. As big of a bite out of the world apple as Mexico City claims, it's no wonder that this global power also needs another type of power: oil. For fuel, Mexico City depends on shipments that come from various areas, including the port at Tuxpan, Veracruz. Located of the Gulf of Mexico on Rio Pantepec, the port sits about 180 miles (289 km) directly northeast of the city, which is home to banking, construction, and production industries, to name a few. Te fuel is transported from the port down south to the city by way of a pipeline system. But when the demand for fuel increased, additional pipe was called for, including the one from Veracruz. "Due to an increasing demand for fuel and the limitation in capacity of the pipeline system, it was necessary to build an 18-inch [46 cm] OD -105 Kilometer expansion to be able to supply the demand," said A lberto Candia, executive coordinator for R AM-100 del Sureste (aka of the southeast). Tat means that the crew from R AM-100 del Sureste was to coat a 65-mile-long (105 km) section of carbon steel pipe for their client: Petróleos Mexicanos Refinación (aka Refning). Te project was titled "Ingenieria Complementaria, Procura, y Construccion del Poliducto de 18" Ø de Cima de Togo, EDO. de Hidalgo a Venta de Carpio, EDO. de México" (or "Engineering, Procurement, and Construction of an 18" OD Pipeline from Cima de Togo, State of Mexico to Venta de Carpio, State of Mexico"). It included 15 highway directional bore crossings and 32 open trench crossings of streams and rivers with ballasted pipe, accord- ing to Candia. Te pipe, which measured 18 inches (46 cm) by outside diameter, was considered "API 5L X52." In the words of the American Petroleum Institute (API), that means that it was for Coming Down the Pipe: More Oil for Mexico PIPELINE STEEL EPOXY

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