Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E), an Iberdrola Company secured approval to reinforce their natural gas distribution pipeline network in the fast developing economic zone of the Town of Chili, in Monroe County, NY. The proposed 24” steel CM-5 distribution line connects the Empire West Gate Station No. 16 to an existing CM-4 line at NYS Route 252. The total length is approximately five-miles.
Under a contract with Power & Construction Group and Encompass Pipeline, Inc., Turner Underground Installations, Inc. (TUGI) bored and installed by HDD method nearly 3,000 linear feet of 24-inch steel pipe for this natural gas pipeline project, under wetlands in under two months.
As is often the case on longer drills, numerous challenges presented themselves throughout the project. Mixed ground conditions required greater drill depths in areas as well as drilling through rock. Challenging physical attributes of the terrain provided limited access for our equipment at times and presented several tight-quarter stagings.
The two bores, each approximately 1,500’ were completed using a 440-T American Auger rig. The required significand depth of installations required the use of wire line. The saturated soil conditions and a high water table required additional pumping capabilities to handle dewatering throughout the project.
Drilling in close proximity to densely populated residential areas posed its own unique set of considerations which made water collection and containment even more critical. Special coordination with the party involved ensured that the impact on various protected species across the entire construction site was minimized.
As with many construction projects the project was on an extremely compressed timeframe which made coordination and scheduling with PC&G, Encompass Pipeline and RG&E extremely imperative. When all was said and done, Turner overcame each obstacle and met all deliverables and requirements within schedule and on budget.