Pipelayers lower a pipeline into place

Gulf Run Pipeline

Michels Pipeline, Inc. constructed 134 miles of 42-inch pipeline to deliver natural gas from supply basins in the Haynesville shale play in northeast Louisiana to liquid natural gas terminals along the Gulf Coast. Construction was done on an aggressive schedule. During peak construction operations, approximately 1,000 people worked on the project.

Michels Pipeline, Inc. was supported by Michels Trenchless, Inc., which completed nine horizontal directional drills (HDD) totaling approximately 4 miles. The crossings include interstates, bayous, marshes, and rivers between Shreveport and Lake Charles. Michels Construction, Inc.’s foundation group installed sheet piles to assist with trench support and dewatering.

A wet spring and high groundwater table required crews to use dewatering techniques to safely work in and around trenches that frequently filled with water.

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