By Randy Happel, Contributing Editor
It’s comforting to know that in this era of continuous expansion and development, there still exists such an unspoiled place as the jobsite where installation crews with pipeline specialist Ligonier Construction Company were dispatched recently. Their mission was a trenchless underground initiative that involved completing two important bores; both critical components to the success of a new pipeline gathering infrastructure for transporting natural gas to markets originating from the Marcellus shale formation.
Void of electricity, permanent homes and even the faintest of cellular phone signals, this remote jobsite, situated in the heart of Pennsylvania’s rocky, mountainous and picturesque Sproul State Forest is accessible only by a primitive gravel road; meticulously carved out of the dense woods for one purpose only: extracting natural gas — and lots of it. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates the total area of the massive Marcellus shale formation at approximately 95,000 square miles, and containing an estimated 410 Tcf of natural gas at depths ranging from 4,000 to 8,000 feet.
Additionally, the development of the Marcellus shale has proven to be a boon for the Keystone state. Production of shale gas in Pennsylvania has generated tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal, state and local tax revenues. Independent small businesses, like Ligonier Construction Company, headquartered in Laughlintown, PA, are prospering as a result… (read more)
Pipeliners Help Toys For Tots Drive
The Associated Pipe Line Contractors, Inc.’s Job No. 1202 in Sarver, PA collected over 1,100 toys and more than $700 for the Toys For Tots Drive! The toys and cash were presented to the Bantam Marines Detachment #743, Marine Corps League, Inc. of Butler, PA, at the APLCI Field Office.
The drive was a collective initiative between more than 300 members of the Operators, Teamsters, Laborers, Welders, Associated Pipe Line Contractors, Inc. and NiSource Midstream… (read more)
American Augers Joins CMW® Family
The Charles Machine Works, Inc. formally welcomed American Augers’ employees into the CMW® family of companies at the celebration held December 3, 2012 at the West Salem, OH facilities. Rick Johnson, CMW’s COO, presented the opening remarks and introduced Tiffany Sewell-Howard, CMW’s CEO. Sewell-Howard announced that David Hammond, formerly vice president of Operations, would lead American Augers as general manager.
On November 1, it was announced that CMW entered into a formal agreement with Astec Industries Inc. to purchase American Augers and certain Trencor® products for a cash purchase price of $55 million. This acquisition was to be finalized before the end of the year… (read more)
Training Program For Ohio’s Expanding Energy Industry
By Mark Fletcher
The Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship & Training Fund (OOEAF) is the training program for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18 (I.U.O.E.). It is an industry sponsored and funded registered Apprenticeship Training program that is helping to meet the challenge of Ohio’s ever expanding oil and gas industry.
One of the many partners of the training program includes Outlaw Padding Company of Phoenix, AZ. The program extends thanks to Albert Ben Currey with Outlaw Padding for the recent donation of a new padding bucket for their Cat 320 Excavator. Outlaw Padding exclusively uses American made parts and components on all of their products… (read more)
Enbridge To Undertake $1.8 Billion Hardisty Expansion
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. has reached agreement with shippers on the terms of a $1.8 billion expansion of its mainline system between Edmonton and Hardisty, Alberta. The project will flow product into the Enbridge mainline system from the Hardisty Terminal.
The scope of the project includes: Construction of a new 36-inch diameter crude oil pipeline, approximately 178-km in length, from Enbridge’s existing Edmonton Terminal to its existing Hardisty Terminal; A new initiating pump station at the Edmonton Terminal; A new pump station at the company’s existing Strome Station; and Associated facilities and infrastructure, including: interconnecting piping, metering, electrical infrastructure, instrumentation controls, communication and SCADA system equipment… (read more)
Williams Partners To Provide Additional Natural Gas Service To Northeast
Williams Partners has received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to expand its Transco natural gas pipeline to provide an additional 250,000 Dth/d of incremental firm natural gas transportation capacity to serve growing markets in the Northeast by November 2013.
The Northeast Supply Link project is designed to expand the Transco Leidy Line and Transco mainline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to transport domestic supplies of natural gas to growing northeastern markets… (read more)