OVERCOMING GEOGRAPHICAL CHALLENGES
Throughout Phase 1, the geological makeup of the land that the 10-inch pipeline was built on posed a challenge for the design and construction team. To see that the pipeline was built on a solid foundation, the team modified original designs to account for sand planning alignment. The team also met strict requirements of how far apart to build the pipelines to minimize risk and meet regulations set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as those set by the state through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; and the Department of Natural Resources.
As part of both Phase 1 and Phase 2, the team is responsible for land acquisition and permitting. Design of the pipelines underwent a fairly rigorous review by local landowners and address project concerns from residents. The client also hosted town halls throughout Phase 1 of the project to answer concerns from landowners affected by either pipeline.
Additionally, the team is in the process of demolishing and rebuilding several stations as part of the project, and making upgrades to the pipeline to increase safety and reliability. In total, eight stations will receive updated equipment to meet the client’s specifications. Upgrades include procuring and installing filter separators, pig traps, communication buildings, communication racks, heaters, prefabricated buildings, regulator skids and actuated main line valves.