Construction Update February 2018

Construction Update

February 2018

Overall, construction is more than 30 percent complete and crews continue to progress despite the winter weather and low temperatures.

Each spread contractor continues to add to its workforce to maintain the progress needed to meet project timelines. Safety is our highest priority, and we continue to execute construction activities at the highest level of safety for the crews, inspectors, landowners and residents. This includes environmental, health, safety and compliance training for all new inspection staff and new hires. 

The majority of the 183 miles of greenfield construction will be built using conventional trenching and excavation construction methods. Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) – will be used to cross six bodies of water across the project area. All of the HDDs are underway and are at various stages of construction.

The positive economic effect of the pipeline’s construction has started to make headlines. A recent LNP article noted how excited Lancaster County businesses are to get their slice of the projected $75.5 million economic boost, especially during the traditional winter slowdown. “It’s a blessing,” Darrel Lehman Dump Truck Services CEO Gail Lehman told LNP. “It’s created a lot more business for us.” See what other businesses had to say by reading the article.

Beyond construction, Williams and its construction contractors have found other opportunities to make a positive impact in the project area. When an ice jam in Nicholson, Wyoming County, caused flooding and related issues last month, Williams and other companies, including Atlantic Sunrise contractor Michels, provided equipment and financial support to help resolve the issue. A major effort included our team removing a large tree and root ball from Martin’s Creek to alleviate flooding. We are thankful to everyone who helped to clear the ice jam. 

How does natural gas complement renewables?

The United States is fortunate to have a vast diversity of energy resources. However, these diverse resources must work together to meet the country’s energy demands, because our nation — the world’s biggest energy consumer — cannot rely solely on one energy source.

Natural gas and renewables are two slices of the energy pie that complement each other to ensure the energy grid remains resilient and keeps up with growing demand. Renewable energy output is intermittent; the wind isn’t always blowing, and the sun isn’t always shining.

When renewable energy can’t keep up with demand, there must be a baseload supply to back up these resources. Most power-generation facilities choose natural gas for a backstop, because it’s often the most economical and viable option. It’s more efficient and cleaner burning than other energy sources, thus helping to reduce carbon emissions.