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The power supply for Virginia's densely populated Middle Peninsula Area, on the Chesapeake Bay, is currently adequate but somewhat fragile; a single 115 kV line extends southward from the Harmony Village Substation of Dominion Virginia Power (DVP). The non-redundant power supply was at risk for long interruptions and local demand threatened to outstrip supply.

The federal pipeline safety agency is opening up a new front in its efforts to improve gas and oil pipeline safety. The Integrity Verification Process (IVP) previewed this summer by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) would be an "add-on," and a very costly one at that, to the existing Integrity Management (IM) program which obligates pipelines to test segments in "high consequence areas (HCAs)." There are 18,000 miles of pipeline in HCAs.

Tensar North American Green is launching the VMax W3000 high performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM), which provides increased strength and protection for effective erosion control and maximum vegetation establishment.

Sunbelt Rentals, Fort Mill, SC, has acquired MAC Leasing, a multi-location rental and financing arm of North Dakota-based manufacturing company MAC.

Applied Felts now offers its latest innovation in CIPP liner technology — AquaCure RP — a breakthrough liner that combines fiberglass reinforcement with Applied Felts’ existing, best-in-class felt liner design and construction.

Sherman + Reilly, a Textron Inc. company, has named NESCO Rents its national rental partner. “With its focus on safety and the introduction of an entirely new generation of overhead and underground pullers and tensioners, Sherman + Reilly represents an ideal step forward for NESCO”, said NESCO CEO, Lee Jacobson.

Southland Tool’s new patented Ultimate Manhole Hook – the Pook – is a must-have for everyone in the sewer and waste water cleaning industries. The Pook is a super strong, heavy duty pick and manhole hook.

United Rentals Inc. has announced the further expansion of its specialty branch network with the addition of three locations dedicated to providing power generation and climate control solutions.

The opening ceremony of a second production line of the cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) products NORDIPIPE and NORDIFORCE from SEKISUI NordiTube Inc. was held in Hammond, LA, on Aug. 20. The inauguration was performed by Kozo Takami, president of Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Products Company of SEKISUI Chemical Co. Ltd., a shareholder of SEKISUI NordiTube Inc.

The equipment rental industry in the United States continues to outpace gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S. by four times in 2013, according to American Rental Association’s (ARA) latest forecast from the ARA Rental Market Monitor.