Trenchless Technology

SEP 2018

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6 T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY S E P T E M B E R 2018 F R O M T H E P U B L I S H E R T H E C O N S T R U C T I O N O F O I L A N D G A S P I P E L I N E S in North America so often receives negative press in the national media relative to safety. After pipelines become operational, it 's the same story regarding potential for leaks. Yet few words are ever presented about the many measures taken regarding corrosion protection, pipeline inspection, etc. However, when you consider the alternative is the transportation of oil and gas via railroad or trucking, the facts show that pipelines are far safer. For example, a report released by the Fraser Institute in Canada in the summer of 2017 notes that based on petroleum product transport data for Canada, from 2004 to 2015, pipelines were 2.5 times less likely than rail to result in a release of product when transporting a million barrels of oil. With this background I thought it might be appropriate to present to you the positive aspects of such pipelines and its impact on the trenchless industry. Recently I was invited by Pat Michels, president and CEO of Michels Corp., to complete a flyover of the NEXUS Pipeline here in Ohio. Bob Osborn, senior vice president of pipeline operations, arranged for me to meet Pat near Toledo to do this helicopter flyover. From the air and relatively close to the ground, it is unbelievable all that goes into the construction of oil and gas pipelines. Let me give you some background on NEXUS. It is a gas transmission pipeline that is a joint venture of DTE Energy and Spectra Energy Partners, an Enbridge company. It is 255 miles long and runs from east of Canton, Ohio, to Michigan and through an existing pipeline network in Michigan. The pipeline will connect to the Dawn Hub in Ontario. There are four spreads (sections) of the pipeline and Michels completed work on Spreads 1, 3 and 4 and Latex Construction has Spread 2. These are two of the major pipeline contractors in North America. I am personally aware of the NEXUS Pipeline because it goes through Medina County, which is where I live. The project is expected to generate 6,888 jobs. There will be $650 million in wages. Additionally, the economic impact in Ohio and Michigan is estimated to be $830 million. Any way you look at it, these are amazing numbers. As we flew over the NEXUS Pipeline it is obvious how many times the use of trenchless technology is required. Tony Tristani, Michels' superintendent on the project, was in the helicopter with Pat and myself. He discussed that trenchless technology is used in three manners on this project; horizontal directional drilling (HDD), conventional auger boring and cradle boring. Osborn confirmed that on the three Michels spreads there were 12 HDD and 221 road bores. Latex on its spread had three HDD crossing and 125 road bores. That 's a whopping 15 HDD crossing and 346 road bores on this 255-mile pipeline. Last year and this year oil and gas pipeline construction in North America has been very strong. Each pipeline has its own unique characteristics, with geology and wetlands always playing a major factor in how trenchless technology is used. It is obvious as pipeline construction continues to grow from year-to-year, the trenchless industry will likewise grow. Alternative energy — solar and wind specifically — is also growing in use, but there is no doubt that oil and gas pipelines will continue to expand for many, many years. Have a great fall, Bernard P. Krzys Publisher BY B E R N A R D P. K R Z Y S O I L A N D G A S P I P E L I N E S Marina del Rey, CA Nov. 28-29, 2018 Online Event November 1, 8, 15, 29, 2018 Nov. 7-8, 2018 Houston

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