News & Resources

The Michels Insider

What's New at Michels

Michels completes record-length Direct Pipe project

Michels Corporation continues to push the limits of trenchless technologies by completing a record-length Direct Pipe installation under the Dow Barge Canal in Freeport, Texas.

The 4,038-foot installation is a North American record for Direct Pipe.
Michels used a Herrenknecht 750-ton pipe thruster to push the 48-inch diameter pipe string through a challenging alignment and into a shallow exit pit on Aug. 28. The project was completed in two months, and runs under a flood control levee, Dow Barge Canal, a rail crossing and multiple road crossings.

In addition to completing the record-setting Direct Pipe installation, Michels worked with owner Phillips 66 and general contractor Troy Construction from the project’s inception to ensure an optimal design and maximum potential for success.

Direct Pipe is a one-pass technology that combines aspects of horizontal directional drilling and tunneling to install pipes. It is particularly effective for crossing under levees, waterway, rail tracks and roadways because the borehole is continually supported and because of a greatly reduced risk of inadvertent fluid returns.

Share!
Enjoy the article so far? Recommend it to your friends and peers.

Michels Corporation 
Copyright © 2019

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vince Lombardi

Great teamwork can do great things.

Contact Us