Oil & Gas

Direct Pipe

Efficient and Effective

Michels is experienced at using the Direct Pipe® method to install pipelines under railways, highways, waterways and other situations where permanent borehole support is advantageous. The unique method combines a pipe thruster and tunneling machine, allowing a borehole to be created and pre-fabricated pipeline inserted in one continuous step.

A Direct Pipe® installation can be launched from the surface or a shallow shaft, and can be accurately steered to navigate a precise route with minimal ground cover. Additionally, it uses significantly less bentonite than other trenchless methods, dramatically reducing the possibility of inadvertent fluid returns.

Projects

Michels used Direct Pipe methodology to complete two installations on a pipeline project in Texas.

Direct Pipe

Sweeny Midstream Spread D

Texas

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Sweeny Midstream Spread D

Michels used the Direct Pipe methodology to install a 48-inch gas pipeline under the Rio Grande and the border between the United States and Mexico.

Direct Pipe

Rio Grande border crossing

Texas

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Rio Grande border crossing

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