A recent rise in temperatures and fair weather has helped Atlantic Sunrise crews continue to make safe, steady and environmentally responsible progress seven months into our construction schedule.
Through April, pipeline construction personnel report that pipeline installation is approximately 60 percent complete. Construction personnel remain busy with ongoing site activities, such as installation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control devices, access-road maintenance, prefabrication work and installation of pipe and underground utilities. The company is continuing with activities related to three horizontal directional drills (HDD) for specialized stream crossings across the project area, with the majority of HDD activities nearing completion.
Darrel Lehman Dump Truck Services
Darrel Lehman Dump Truck Services entered spring 2018 in a good position. Thanks to the Elizabethtown, Pa., company’s work on Atlantic Sunrise, CEO Gail Lehman purchased new equipment and her employees are getting overtime. “The project has benefited our business extremely well,” Lehman said. “My guys are normally laid off in the winter, and they’re thrilled to be getting overtime right now.”
Lehman isn’t just seeing her business blossom from Atlantic Sunrise. She’s seeing surrounding businesses and communities come alive again because of the project’s economic influx. “[Atlantic Sunrise] is very beneficial, not just to the industry of transportation but so many more,” Lehman said. “It brings a lot of people into restaurants and other avenues that normally would not have a lot of business this time of year.”
ASKED AND ANSWERED:
What’s a smart pig?
Keeping our pipelines safe, reliable and healthy is our No. 1 priority. Pigs are inline inspection devices and are just one of the many tools Williams uses to ensure our pipelines are safe. Pigs can measure proper pipe structure, detect signs of corrosion or leaks and also can be used to clean the lines. “Smart” pigs use advanced imaging technology to measure and record a variety of irregularities such as cracks, dents, corrosion or other defects.
Susquehanna, Wyoming and Luzerne Counties
At Compressor Station 605, the construction team continues to backfill the compressor building, install the HVAC lines, pour foundations, construct the air compressor building, maintain soil erosion and sediment controls, and perform general site cleanup and disposal of construction debris.
At the Zick metering station, environmental, safety, health and compliance training has been administered to all new construction personnel. Excavation and piping of the outlet piping area are complete. Painting of aboveground items, welding 24-inch lines, backfilling around filter separator piping, and trenching for installation of the electrical grounding system are ongoing.
At the Springville metering station, environmental, safety, health and compliance training has been administered to all new construction personnel. Installation of compressor HVAC lines, excavation of the 24-inch line from the Puddle Field site to the new station, fabrication of the one-inch pipe and fabrication of the 20-inch riser connection to the mainline piping are ongoing.
Pipe installation activities include environmental, health, safety and compliance training for new inspection staff and new hires. Maintenance of rock construction entrances is ongoing. Environmental inspection staff continues to install and maintain construction and safety signage.
Activities with front-end crews, including pipeline stringing, which includes bending to meet the contours of the topography and welding the sections together, and digging the ditch to install the pipeline, are ongoing. Tie-in crews are deployed to connect mainline sections of the pipeline to waterbody crossings and other tie-in locations.
Schuylkill, Northumberland and Columbia Counties
The Kitchen Creek horizontal directional drill (HDD) continues reaming activities using the 42-inch reamer. Lowering in, backfilling, welding and pipeline coating activities are ongoing. Installation of the pipeline beneath six waterbodies and five wetlands was successfully completed. Crews are deployed to tie in sections of the mainline pipeline to waterbody crossings and road bores.
At Compressor Station 517, site activities included the continued mobilization of equipment and materials, the maintenance of soil erosion and sediment controls, ongoing electrical conduit work, and wire and lighting installations. The contractor also continued pipe fabrication, the pneumatic and hydrostatic pressure testing of pipe, the installation of interior and exterior roof and wall panels, ductwork, intake and exhaust fabrication, insulation work, and the securing of the crane on the constructed equipment pad.
At Compressor Station 610, recent site activities have consisted of the welding and coating of pipe, the setting of the crane, the construction of forms and pouring of concrete for foundations, slabs, walls and piers, the pulling of wire, construction of the compressor station and associated facilities, and maintenance of the site’s rock construction entrance and erosion control devices.
Along the pipeline route, environmental, safety, health and compliance training continues to be administered to all new construction personnel. The installation and maintenance of erosion control devices and best management practices are ongoing. Stabilization of the topsoil and subsoil stockpiles, as well as other areas within the right-of-way where no construction is occurring, continues.
We’re continuing to work with local leaders on issues ranging from road closures to stream crossings. We continue to meet with local stakeholders and organizations to keep them updated on construction and our ongoing involvement in the community.
Clinton and Lycoming Counties
At Compressor Station 520, site activities include continued mobilization of equipment and materials, material fabrications, pipe and electrical work, conduit installation, ongoing maintenance of soil erosion and sediment controls, and hydrostatic pressure testing operations.
For the Unity Pipeline Loop, environmental, health, safety and compliance training for project personnel, as well as the mobilization of equipment and materials, is ongoing. Tree felling and clearing activities, the installation of rock construction entrances, development of the contractor yards, wetland and waterbody equipment crossings, water bar construction, and installation of soil erosion and sediment control devices also continue in the project area.
Activities for the Chapman Pipeline Loop included the continued mobilization of equipment and materials, access-road construction, the completion of clearing operations, grading activity and the installation of equipment crossings, invasive species cleaning stations, and soil erosion and sediment controls.
Lebanon and Lancaster Counties
Spring is finally here in Lebanon and Lancaster counties — and that means construction activities are making solid progress. We continue to make steady progress in Lancaster County, and mainline trenching, lowering in and backfilling work is ongoing.
Our contractor, Welded, continues with road-bore activities, and two stream crossings were successfully completed. Installation and maintenance of erosion control devices and best management practices throughout construction activities — such as stabilization of the topsoil and subsoil stockpiles and other areas within the right-of-way where no construction is occurring — are ongoing.
The Conestoga River horizontal directional drill (HDD) has nearly completed the final ream of this HDD location. At the River Road Meter Station, installation is ongoing with civil survey activities, excavation work and deliveries of supplies. We continue to inspect erosion control devices to ensure they have been properly installed and are functioning.
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