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What Does the Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement Process Look Like?

Posted by Edward Dill on Jul 19, 2017 10:13:00 AM

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Across the country, natural gas pipelines are in need of replacement. Gas pipelines are some of the most vulnerable components of American infrastructure, and many in-use pipelines in the U.S. are 40, 50, 60 years old - or older.

Aptus Group specializes in the replacement of natural gas pipelines attached to bridge structures throughout the U.S. We’ve worked on well over 2,300 bridges to ensure the attached utilities are safe, functional, and efficient. We have spent decades honing our process and are proud to be one of the most well-known names in natural gas pipeline replacement. Here’s what our process looks like.

When called in to evaluate a particular pipeline problem or issue, our highly-trained technicians spring into action immediately. We work as teams at Aptus which ensures our technicians and engineers always have plenty of experience working together. Using specialized tools and equipment (such as guided-wave technology), we investigate every component of the gas line to test for integrity. We take careful notes and present our findings holistically to the client once finished.

In some cases, complete gas line replacement isn’t necessary. Skillful repairs are often able to head-off minor issues before they become big problems, though we always recommend that repaired pipelines be watched particularly closely going forward. Our teams perform repairs and remediation including hanger repair and replacement, full cleaning, priming, and wrapping of existing pipes, among others.

If it is determined a pipeline must be completely replaced, we immediately begin coordination. Replacement is a synchronized effort between various entities; we start by contacting the natural gas provider. Our technicians, tools, and equipment are employed to perform a safe and efficient removal of the existing pipe. The general contractor on site then leads the installation of new pipe according to pre-approved engineered plans and drawings. It’s our goal to provide end-to-end service for our clients.

Natural gas pipelines can fail gradually or with no warning at all. Replacing a damaged pipe is serious business with wide-reaching ramifications for businesses, individuals, and the immediate environment. We take that responsibility seriously.

Would you like to talk to an expert on natural gas pipeline replacement at Aptus? Our team can help. We work in almost every state in the country to provide efficient, coordinated services for bridge-attached utilities. Reach out to us today.

Topics: Bridge Utilities, Natural Gas, Bridge Pipelines