Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) rigs are widely used on transmission pipeline projects efficiently and economically to complete river and road crossings, and traverse environmentally sensitive areas with the lowest impact. But how did the technology develop? Pipelines International speaks to representatives from Vermeer, American Augers and Ditch Witch to learn more about how each company developed its first HDD rig.
The first new natural gas pipeline to be built into Manhattan in more than 40 years, the New Jersey-New York Expansion Project is designed to bring customers in the region 800 MMcf/d of natural gas supplies, as well as economic and environmental benefits. Pipelines International speaks with Spectra Energy about contending with New York City’s roadways and waterways along the pipeline’s right-of-way, and the use of technology and safety features that resulted in a successful, state-of-the-art project.
The largest pipeline in Italy, the Zimella – Cervignano Pipeline Project, is currently under construction by Max Streicher S.p.A.
Michels Canada completed the first installation using the Direct Pipe method in Canada when it completed a 342 m crossing under the Beaver River.
Spectra Energy has completed its New Jersey – New York pipeline expansion project.
Michels Directional Crossings successfully completed a nearly 1.6 km horizontal directionally drilled bore on an approximately 235 km natural gas pipeline that now runs underneath the Atchafalaya River and the accompanying levee system in central Louisiana, United States.
Punj Lloyd has laid over 92,295 m of pipelines under expressways, railways, rivers, shore approaches, creeks and canals using horizontal directional drilling. The company says that one of its most challenging horizontal directional drilling projects completed was the Narmada River crossing on India’s East West Gas Pipeline.
YPFB subsidiary GasTransBoliviano (GTB) is currently undertaking a 2.7 km horizontal directional drill under the Rio Grande as part of a project to secure gas deliveries through the Bolivia – Brazil Pipeline.
Punj Lloyd has been awarded an engineering procurement, construction and commissioning contract for a 294 km onshore gas pipeline project in Thailand.
Gazprom has begun constructing the 160 km offshore section of the Dzhubga – Lazarevskove – Sochi gas pipeline.