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Underground Construction’s latest survey figures indicate gas utility spending to serve new customers and rehabilitate, repair and replace the nation’s mains and services, meters, valves, regulator, cathodic protection, SCADA networks and peak shaving facility will total about $12.1 billion in 2009, compared to $11.9 billion in 2008.

Paul M. Henkels, chairman of Henkels & McCoy Inc., an engineering and construction firm in Blue Bell, PA, died at his home Jan. 8, 2009.

Footage Tools’ compact Butt Fusion System is ideal for most fusion operations.

The RAM 28 is an electro-hydraulic butt fusion machine with fusion capabilities ranging from 2-inch IPS to 8-inch DIPS pipe sizes.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says pipelines can use new Polyamide 11 thermoplastic pipe at higher operating pressures than currently allowed starting on Jan. 25, 2009.

The new DynaMc 28 HP Two-Jaw machine provides the power and pressure required to butt fuse pipes sized 2-inch IPS to 8-inch DIPS.

A last-minute rule from the Bush administration limits the ability of federal wildlife officials and environmentalists to throw a monkey wrench into an application for construction of new gas transmission lines and LNG facilities.

The Hitachi ZX60USB-3 is an ultra-short excavator with a swing boom and backfill blade.

Kobelco’s compact excavator models 30SR, 35SR and 50SR are fuel efficient, Tier IV diesel engines with the precision needed in tight spaces.

The model 2803ZT zero-tail-swing design offers a longer undercarriage, a sturdy track width and an optional counterweight.