Gas To The Ozarks

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | May 2013, Vol. 68 No. 5

Meanwhile, installation of distribution pipe continues. The distribution network will consist of 2 million feet of HDPE. Of that total, there will be 4,865 service lines in pipe sizes ranging from 3/4 inch to two-inches, depending on customer requirements. Distribution pipes range in size from two to 8-inches in diameter.

Collection of subs

“Eighty percent of distribution pipe will be installed by directional drilling,” said Brown. “It is the only method that could be used because of all the existing utilities, driveways and areas paved with concrete and asphalt. Also, there was not enough space to bring large trenchers in and the rock was a key factor.”

Eight subcontractors employing 30 HDD machines are installing distribution pipe. “We believe we have assembled the best contractors in the industry,” said Brown.

Drilling equipment used in distribution construction includes Ditch Witch JT3020 and JT4020 All Terrain machines equipped for rock drilling and Vermeer D24x20, D20x22, and D36x50 equipment.

Drilled routes are in residential and commercial areas along utility easements and street right-of-way, across streets and highways, under lawns and landscaping.

The Summit gas system is expected to be completed the end of December 2013. By March 1, Brown estimated that 70 percent of the transmission line and 50 percent of the distribution system were complete. The first areas began live gas in February. The system is projected to serve approximately 4,800 customers and by the end of February, more than 2,200 had signed on for service.

Summit Natural Gas of Missouri Inc., formerly known as Missouri Gas Utility and Southern Missouri Natural Gas, provides natural gas service to customers in portions of Northwestern, Southwestern and Central Missouri. Summit Natural Gas currently serves over 11,000 customers and continues to add areas that currently are not served by a natural gas utility.

FOR MORE INFO:
Summit Utilities, (800) 720-8193, www.summitutilitiesinc.com
JF Construction Services LLC, (660)549-3390, www.jfconst.com
Tesmec USA, (800) 851-5102, www.tesmec.com
Ditch Witch, (800) 654-6481, www.ditchwitch.com
Vermeer Corp., (888) 837-6337, www.vermeer.com