The Kinder Morgan project took place in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, around the Bear Creek storage facility – a working, natural gas storage with the capacity of approximately 59 billion cubic feet. Allison Companies was employed to address the replacement of the pipeline infrastructure, to upgrade the network as a preventative maintenance measure.
The project’s scope changes and long lead items posed the issue of several delays, in combination with inclement weather and complex terrain – which presented subsequent pipeline right-of-way (ROW) complications. Allison Companies remedied the potential delays via proactive planning and aggressively detailed project management.
Allison Companies’ team provided several project drawings, created per Kinder Morgan’s request, in an effort to achieve the scope changes. No drawing, alignment sheets or profiles were furnished from the project provider. Project materials were provided by Kinder Morgan.
To combat the terrain, Allison Companies’ leadership planned and executed the building of approximately 1,600 feet of permanent road to the project site, bypassing the option of temporary matting, which not only provided for an easy project finish, but a long-term benefit for the Kinder Morgan team. Allison work plans were modified on a daily basis in order to maintain a flexible and reactive stance to material and weather delays.
The Allison Companies’ team removed approximately 1.4 miles of 10-inch and 8-inch pipeline, and installed corrosion-resistant, 6-inch pipelines. All removed pipelines contained asbestos coating, and were disposed of employing waste disposal industry requirements. Once installed, the project’s new pipelines underwent hydrostatic testing to pressures of 5000 psi and higher, to test the pipelines’ leakage integrity.
The project was concluded as incident-free, and was delivered successfully on time and on budget.