HDD

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Downhole tools are critical components of the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) process—no project can be completed without them. The wrong tools for soil conditions can result in excessive equipment wear and slow production—or even make it impossible to complete a job.

Pro Pipe Services, Energy Contract Services and Mears Group Inc. set a high standard in safety, design and planning on a recently completed horizontal directional drilling project.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A new Ditch Witch guidance system for making on-line, on-grade pipe installations with horizontal directional drilling (HDD) equipment soon will be available, the Charles Machine Works has announced.

When Sempra Energy’s Pipelines and Storage business unit needed to install a new pipeline from Sempra LNG’s new Cameron LNG receipt terminal to existing interstate pipelines north of the LNG facility, they were well aware that the project presented special challenges.

The Mears Training and Research Facility is adding training for personnel operating horizontal directional drilling (HDD) equipment and a program to certify HDD equipment following maintenance.

The HDD training program for Mears employees will cover all aspects of operation of the equipment they will be using, from rig up to rig down, including operation of drilling fluid systems, said Kevin Parker, Mears director of safety training environment compliance.

George M. Dugan, Regional Manager, CETCO Drilling Products

As if horizontal directional drilling contractors do not have enough issues to contend with in performing the contracted tasks, cleanup of the drilling operation is becoming increasingly difficult because of issues associated with the disposal of drill spoils.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO), provider of electricity for metropolitan Tulsa and portions of eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, has an ongoing program to replace aerial distribution lines with underground cable in selected neighborhoods in its service area.

Crews for Michels Directional Crossing, a division of Michels Corporation, recently completed a successful, record-breaking installation of a 42-inch intra state crossing from Texas to Louisiana in excess of 6,000 feet near Orange, TX. The unique nature of this crossing made it a first of its kind for the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry.

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