North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

JUL-AUG 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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26 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | JULY/AUGUST 2 018 hat seemed like an ordinary natural gas transmission pipe- line project for Gabe's Con- struction Co. Inc. last year turned out to be anything but. As the Sheboygan, Wisconsin-based con- tractor continues drilling forward into its 76th year of continuous operation since being founded by Jacob Gabrielse in 1942, Gabe's Construction embarked on a project in the fall 2017 that looked relatively straightforward on plan and profile paper. However, as most are aware in the construc- tion industry and especially the pipeline hori- zontal directional drilling (HDD) industry, work is rarely as simple as it seems. Through teamwork and communication with the general pipeline contractor, Foltz Welding (Patoka, Illinois), the pipeline opera- tor, Gabe's nationwide network of material- men and vendors, as well as its field and office staff, Gabe's was able to overcome five distinct obstacles and successfully pullback 2,495 lf of 24-in. diameter, 0.5-in wall thickness, abra- sion resistant overcoating (ARO) treated steel pipe. The pipe was installed up to 100 ft below surface, crossing 610 lf of the shallow Wabash River, multiple local levees and an active rail- road in soil and rock geotechnical conditions in western Indiana. The pipe-side of the crossing was 155 lf low- er in elevation than the high side. Therefore, Gabe's set its American Augers DD625 main rig on the pipe-side (lower) for piloting activi- ties, then moved it to the high side for pull reaming and pipe pullback. W Veteran Contractor Overcomes Permitting, Environmental Challenges on Gas Pipeline By Nathan Eastway By Nathan Eastway Environmental Challenges on Gas Pipeline Veteran Contractor Overcomes Permitting, 5 0 Gabe's Obstacles Obstacles Gabe's 0 5

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