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MAR 2015

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COATINGSPRO MARCH 2015 59 working on this pipeline, including some private property. Tat required special permits to access these areas that were desig- nated as " high consequence areas," or HC As, as well as strict safety measures during work on and operation of the pipeline. A few things that weren't a problem to this crew: weather and safety. Te former was not a problem because half of the project took place in the controlled area of the manufacturing plant and the other half, in the feld, took place without any weather-related incidents. Tere were no problems with the latter because the crew was diligent in their practices. "Te client made it clear to the contractor and subs that the utmost safety standards and quality control should be exercised and followed at all times during construction and operation of the pipeline," Candia explained. Te coatings crew used the company's Safety Procedure Manual at all times. Each crew member was also sure to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by the company. Tat included gear for handling the pipe in the shop, coating the pipe in the feld, inspecting the coating, and reporting the test results. Tey wore a variety of gear, including safety glasses and dust masks, when necessary. Having no weather- or safety-related issues meant that once the crew started applying the epoxy on site, it was smooth sailing. Candia explained that "the application on joint welds followed a similar procedure" to the application done at the plant. Tey again blasted the pipe joints to NACE No. 1/ SSPC-SP-5 and spray-applied the R AM-100 coating using Graco equipment, this time with Atlas Copco and Ingersoll-Rand compressors. And with that, they helped to create the extended portion of the pipeline, enabling additional fuel to be accessible to the citizens of Mexico City and surrounding area. Consistency Is Key R AM-100 del Sureste, which was established in 1984, has "more than 30 years of experience in the formulation, manufacturing, and application of coatings, and over a decade in the design, manufacturing, and installation of composite and steel sleeves for rehabilitation of pipelines," according to Candia. In 2013, the company launched a group to handle all of their international operations in Houston, Texas, called R AM-100 International. R AM-100 International "was established…to serve the oil and gas industry providing solutions to corrosion problems," accord- ing to its website. And, as part of a much larger team, that's exactly what they did on this pipeline project. As Ray A. Martinez, president and CEO of RAM-100 International and translator for Mr. Candia's quotes, put it: "Our company is going through exciting times as we have seen a good response since we launched international operations introducing our coating and steel reinforcement sleeves to the market and the products are being well received. Our coating performs up to standards in the industry, and we look forward to future opportu- nities to work with many clients in the United States." CP Check out the Spanish version of this article in the March 2015 digital issue online at! C h e c k o u t t h e S p a n i s h v e r s i o n o f t h i s a r t i c l e i n t h e M a r c h 2 0 1 5 d i g i t a l i s s u e o n l i n e a t w w w . c o a t i n g s p r o m a g . c o m ! Once the coatings were cured, the crew tested the pipelines. They checked for thickness, holidays, and adhesion using various types of equipment. And after 24 months, the 1,623,000-square-foot (0.2 km²) project was complete! VENDOR TEAM Atlas Copco North America Equipment manufacturer 7 Campus Dr., Suite 200 Parsippany, NJ 07054 (800) 732-6762 Dayton by W. W. Grainger Equipment manufacturer 100 Grainger Pkwy. Lake Forest, IL 60045 (800) 472-4643 DeFelsko Corporation Equipment manufacturer 802 Proctor Ave. Ogdensburg, NY 13669 (800) 448-3835 Elcometer Inc. Equipment manufacturer 1893 Rochester Industrial Dr. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 (248) 650-0500 Ingersoll Rand Equipment manufacturer 800-E Beaty St. Davidson, NC 28036 (704) 655-4000 PCWI International Equipment manufacturer 13 Alhambra Ave. Cardiff NSW 2285 Newcastle, Australia +61 2 4954 3900 Pettibone Traverse Lift Equipment manufacturer 1100 North Superior Ave. Baraga, MI 49908 (906) 353-6611 RAM-100 Coatings manufacturer 4822 N Sam Houston Pkwy. W, Suite 100 Houston, TX 77086 (888) 396-4128 CYM Materiales S.A. Equipment manufacturer Estanislao Lopez 6 S2108AIB Soldini Santa Fe, Argentina +54 341 490-1100 Mexico Pipeline

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