Catwalk System for Western Refining


Pascetti Steel Design recently completed the fabrication and installation of a new elevated OSHA-approved catwalk system for Western Refining in Bloomfield, NM. The catwalk was requested by Western Refining to provide top-of-tank access for refinery employees.

Pascetti Steel Design completed catwalks with cage ladder access for three large transfer stations, two exterior areas, and one interior station.  The catwalk systems were transported to the site in pieces that could be easily assembled onsite.  Design and installation for the interior area were especially challenging due to limited access in which all pieces had to be carried in by hand.  All walking surfaces are equipped with galvanized “grip-strut” planking.

All three areas were engineered to be bolted, rather than welded, onsite because the project coincided with the day-to-day operations of this fully functional oil and gas refinery. Pascetti Steel Design has earned a superior safety record, with a number of systematic processes in place to ensure job site safety. We are proud to report zero incidents during the fabrication and installation of this high-risk project.

Walter McReynolds, Supervisor at Western Refining, had this to say regarding the completed project:

“We hired Pascetti Steel Design to fabricate and install elevated catwalk systems for access to the tops of our tanks. I was thoroughly impressed with Damian and his crew.  The project was completed in several stages.  Each phase was completed faster than we expected.  Damian and his crew were extremely knowledgeable and their craftsmanship was impeccable.  We will use Pascetti Steel in the future.”

Western Refining owns and operates two refineries with a total crude oil throughput capacity of approximately 151,000 barrels per day (bpd) producing primarily high-value light products such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. In addition to our 128,000 bpd refinery in El Paso, Texas, we also own and operate a 23,000 bpd refinery near Gallup, New Mexico.


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Working with architects and designers at the initial design stage, Pascetti Steel will make the entire process from drawings to installation seamless and hassle free. We plan safety and stability into every design we make, the railings and hardware are fabricated to be strong, durable and visually appealing. Choose from a variety of styles including cable railing, glass railing, hang forged and custom railing. We also offer pre-finished aluminum balcony railing for hotels, resorts and other commercial buildings.

We can ship pre-finished railing to any location, complete with all the hardware and installation recommendations. We’ll work from your drawings or we can create a design for you. Choose from a variety of styles to fit any architecture. Finishes include chemical treatments, paint, and a wide range of powder-coating colors.

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