Horizontal Directional Drilling

Houston Ship Channel

Houston Ship Channel

Scope

Michels completed a record setting horizontal directional drilling (HDD) reaming and pullback installation of an 18-inch diameter steel gas pipeline for an unbelievable milestone of 12,459 feet under the expansive Houston Ship Channel. Michels completed an intricate pilot-hole intersect operation while navigating the downhole steering tools and drill strings along a narrow right-of-way. The HDD alignment traversed through a mix of soils ranging from sand, silts, marine sediment and with a large percentage of the formation being swelling clay, which ranged from loose to dense to very dense. The pipe string weighed 93.5 pounds per foot for a total steel pipe pullback weight of more than 1.16 million pounds.

Projects

Michels installed a 4,000-foot land-to-land and a 1,600-foot water-to-land installation of 16-inch pipe.

Horizontal Directional Drilling

Salem Lateral

Massachusetts

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Salem Lateral

Michels trenchlessly installed 1,500 feet of 24-inch natural gas pipeline under a highway, creek and pond in a residential neighborhood.

Horizontal Directional Drilling

North Branch Pipe Replacement

Minnesota

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North Branch Pipe Replacement

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