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Shawcor gains $43 million pipeline contracts for Gulf of Mexico, Brazil

By Liz White, UT staffToronto, Ontario-ShawCor Ltd has gained three contracts worth about $43 million to provide coatings on offshore oil and gas pipeline projects in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil.These projects are for Oceanographia SA de CV and associated companies Cosemarte and Allseas, Subsea 7 and Noble Energy.Toronto-headquartered Shawcro said the first contract, for Oceanographia, is for anti-corrosion and concrete-weight coating for PEMEX’s POL A project in Mexico. This project will consist of a large diameter pipeline to be installed offshore, the firm added. Anti-corrosion coating will be applied by Bredero Shaw’s Monterrey, Mexico facility while the concrete weight coating will be applied at Bredero Shaw’s facility in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. The firm clains that the Monterrey unit is the leading provider of anti-corrosion coatings in Mexico, while the one in Coatzacoalcos “utilises industry-leading ‘Compression Coat’ concrete-weight coating technology to provide negative buoyancy and mechanical protection for pipelines in subsea environments.” At Noble Energy’s Lorien discovery in the Gulf of Mexico, ShawCor will provide hermoFlo Flow Assurance Coatings with work carried out at Bredero Shaw’s facility in Pearland, Texas. Shawcor said ThermoFlo is a polyurethane-based insulation designed for offshore flow assurance. Finally, Bredero Shaw is to provide Thermotite Flow Assurance insulation and Field Joint coating services for the Petrobras PDEG (B) offshore oil and gas pipeline project in Brazil, with the work to be carried out at a new Bredero Shaw facility in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.ShawCor says that Bredero Shaw, is “the global leader in pipe coating solutions and employs about 4000 permanent and contract staff in fifteen countries. Earlier this year the group announced the closure of Mobile, Alabama, polyurethane pipe-coating plant, with the loss of about 450 jobs, as a result of “a marked slowdown in development work in the Gulf of Mexico.” “

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