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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.

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

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.

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.

Underground Construction and Pipeline & Gas Journal’s pipeline construction survey indicates that 77,318 miles of pipelines around the world are in various stages of construction and planned. Of these, 33,205 represent projects in the planning and engineering phase and 44,113 are in various stages of construction.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced awards totaling approximately $30 million for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation’s electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber-attack.

The Toro Company broke ground recently on a $25 million expansion in Bloomington, MN, that the company has called home for over 50 years. The project begins the process of expanding the company’s product development and test capacities, demonstrating its continued commitment to innovation.

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