Trenchless Technology

OCT 2018

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22 T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY O C TO B E R 2018 Winner In its most basic description, the 2018 Trenchless Technology Project of the Year for New Installation helped to provide natural gas to millions of customers in Mexico via a link- up in the Gulf of Mexico. Describing how and what this project actually accomplished, is a different story. The winning project established new levels of innovation and records for a relatively new trenchless installation method — Direct Pipe — in a small segment of a 168-mile project to transport natural gas from Texas to a state-owned utility in Mexico. Direct Pipe made its North American debut in 2010. Let 's take stock of what resulted from this $14.2 million project . The Valley Crossing Pipeline Proj- ect (VCP) became the Žirst successful shore approach in North America us- ing the Direct Pipe installation meth- od; installed by Laney Directional Drilling , this incredible project also set a then world record for the total length of a Direct Pipe project at 4,900 ft . This installation outdistanced Laney 's previous Direct Pipe record in North America , which was 3,505 ft , as well as the previous world record in Lochem, Netherlands, at a length of 4,590 ft . Additionally, this project was the Žirst use of Laney Directional Drilling 's new, one-of-a-kind Derrick Direct Pipe Project of the Year N E W I N S T A L L A T I O N By Sharon M. Bueno Va l l e y C r o s s i n g P r o j e c t G u l f o f M e x i c o D i r e c t P i p e M e t h o d S h o r e A p p r o a c h

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