In The News

Posted on

DCA’s 2013 Safety Awards
At the recent Distribution Contractors Association’s 2013 Annual convention held in Miami Beach, FL safety excellence was recognized and companies were rewarded for the effectiveness of their safety programs. The DCA established the Arthur T. Everham Safety Award in 1986 to recognize contractors with exceptional safety programs. The award is highly coveted as winners are recognized and honored by competitors.
  The categories awarded are: those companies that complete less than 350,000 manhours of distribution construction per year, those that report more than 350,000 but less than 700,000 manhours, and those companies that report more than 700,000 manhours.
  The 2013 DCA safety award recipients are:

  •   Under 350,000 hours –  Pilchuck Contractors, Inc., Kirkland, WA ;
  •   350,000 to 700,000 hours – Midwestern Contractors, Chicago, IL; and
  •   Over 700,000 hours – Mears Group, Rosebush, MI.

 

Pictured left to right are: Rob Lyons, Mears Group, Kevin Michels, DCA president and presenter, Tim Bell, Midwestern Contractors and Ben Nelson, Pilchuck Contractors


John Deere’s Dubuque Works Hits Production Milestone
John Deere Construction & Forestry Division marked a production milestone with the completion of its 250,000 backhoe loader at the Dubuque Works factory. The model 310SK backhoe loader was purchased by Phoenix-based NPL Construction Co., who took delivery of the machine at a special ceremony at the Dubuque Works facility.
  “Backhoes have been our bread and butter since the first model rolled off the line over 40 years ago,” said Byron Taylor, plant manager at the John Deere Dubuque Works. “Our employees, many of which have had a hand in backhoe assembly since the beginning, are proud to meet this milestone.”
  John Deere Worldwide Construction & Forestry President, Michael J. Mack, joined employees and NPL Construction Co., at the Dubuque Works factory to celebrate the milestone.
“The piece of equipment we are recognizing today is only a single representation of the long line of backhoe models that have evolved right here in this factory,” said Mack. “
  The John Deere 310SK backhoe loader, part of the K-Series, is the latest of more than 50 different backhoe models that have been produced at the Dubuque Works factory since 1971.


Tenaris To Build Seamless Pipe Mill In Texas 
Tenaris will build its first U.S. seamless pipe mill in Bay City, Matagorda County, TX. With an estimated investment of US$1.5 billion, the new facility will have an annual production capacity of 600,000 tons of high quality seamless pipe.
  With its proximity to Houston and to Tenaris’s North American headquarters, the location offers a combination of favorable geography, operational logistics and availability of a skilled workforce. “Our new facility will complement our integrated global manufacturing network and work closely with our existing North American operations to further strengthen domestic production,” Paolo Rocca, chairman and CEO said.
  The new facility is expected to begin operations in 2016.


Columbia Gas Expansion Will Serve Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Markets
To provide supply access to growing markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) plans to construct additional capacity on the Columbia Gas Transmission system. The East Side Expansion project will help meet increasing demand for natural gas by moving gas in northern Pennsylvania to markets along the East Coast and down into the mid-Atlantic. CPG is focused on developing and delivering a robust, comprehensive strategy for meeting needs and maximizing the value of its extensive pipeline and storage assets.
  The $210 million expansion calls for two natural gas pipelines: A 9-mile, 26-inch diameter pipeline in Cheser County, PA and a 7½ -mile, 20-inch diameter pipeline in Glouester County, NN.
  The planned modifications will facilitate the transportation of production by increasing capacity up to 310,000 Dth/d, using existing and enhanced interconnects with Millennium Pipeline at Columbia’s Wagoner metering station and Tennessee Gas Pipeline at Milford compressor station. In service for the East Side Expansion project is targeted for late 2015.


Williams/Boardwalk JV To Develop NGL Pipeline
Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners announced plans for a joint venture that would develop a pipeline to transport NGLs from the infrastructure-constrained Marcellus and Utica shale plays to the rapidly expanding petrochemical and export complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast, as well as the developing petrochemical market in the Northeast U.S.
  The proposed  Bluegrass Pipeline would provide producers with 200,000 bpd of mixed NGLs take-away capacity in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The proposed pipeline could be increased to 400,000 bpd to meet market demand, primarily by adding additional liquids pumping capacity. It would deliver mixed NGLs from these producing areas to proposed new fractionation and storage facilities, which would have connectivity to petrochemical facilities and product pipelines along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. Williams and Boardwalk are also exploring development of a new export liquefied petroleum gas terminal and related facilities on the Gulf Coast to provide customers access to international markets.
  As proposed, the Bluegrass Pipeline would include : Constructing a new NGL pipeline from producing areas in West Virginia and Ohio to an interconnect with Boardwalk’s Texas Gas Transmission, LLC system (Texas Gas) in Hardinsburg, KY.; Converting a portion of Texas Gas from Hardinsburg, KY. to Eunice, LA, (the TGT Loop line) from natural gas service to NGL service, including construction of new pump stations and related facilities; and constructing a new large-scale fractionation plant and expanding natural gas liquids storage facilities in Louisiana and a new pipeline connecting these facilities to the converted TGT Loop Line.
  By combining new construction with an existing pipeline, Williams and Boardwalk believe that the Bluegrass Pipeline can be placed into service and begin serving customers sooner than other options. Williams and Boardwalk are engaged in comprehensive project development planning including project design, cost estimating, economic and risk analysis, customer contracting, permitting and other legal and regulatory approvals and right-of-way acquisition. Williams and Boardwalk expect to sanction the project this year and place the planned project into service in the second half of 2015 assuming all necessary conditions are met.
  “We are designing Bluegrass Pipeline to provide these two world-class resource plays with access to one of the largest and most dynamic petrochemical markets in the world. In turn, this will help Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia producers obtain an attractive value for their ethane and other liquids,” said Alan Armstrong, president and CEO of Williams. “The current infrastructure challenge with natural gas liquids in the Northeast is slowing drilling and isolating liquids supplies from the robust markets in the Gulf that are poised to grow substantially over the next five years.”