Service Categories for Pipeline and Storage Contractors

Service Categories for Pipeline and Storage Contractors

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Services Provided by Contractors.

If your company is interested in providing contracting services to National Fuel, you’ll find a list of categories and more information below.

Pipeline & Storage Contractor Areas of Interest

Compressor Stations: Engineering, Design and Construction

This work consists of the design and construction of engine, compressor foundation, buildings, related gas piping, auxiliary piping, automation controls, electrical, auxiliary support equipment, site preparation, etc. This work is contracted on a project-by-project basis.

Compressor Stations: Operating and Maintenance Services

This work consists of various engine, compressor, dehydrator, instrumentation, electrical, generator, air compressor, valve, valve operator and other miscellaneous maintenance and repairs. It also includes foundation repair or replacement, pier repair or replacement, building repairs, etc. This work is contracted on an as-needed basis.

Steel Pipeline Construction

This work consists of replacement, rehabilitation and new construction of high-pressure transmission and storage pipelines and associated facilities. Pipelines vary in diameter from 4″ to 24″ and operating pressures from 150 psi to 3600 psi. National Fuel must certify all welders for this work. Contractors are selected for projects or packages of projects through a competitive bidding process.

Integrity Management Services

Integrity Management is an ongoing program, organized corporate-wide for all applicable transmission pipelines. Internal inspections including geometry, cleaning and HRMFL metal loss tools are bid on an annual basis or as a package of projects. Direct Assessment services are bid on an as-required basis by the Corrosion Department. Other integrity-related services such as High Consequence Area identification, data integration and program development are contracted from time to time as needed to supplement internal resources.

Cathodic Protection Installations

Annually, installations related to cathodic protection such as full ground bed replacement and partial replacements and upgrades are identified and scoped. These projects can be bid as packages or individually depending on their size, number and geographic distribution.

Storage Field Reservoir Engineering, Geological and Consulting Services

The company engages consultants to perform various engineering and geological services in relation to the operation of existing storage fields and the design of new storage fields. The work ranges from providing reservoir description and mapping to well test analysis and reservoir simulation.

Storage Well Construction Services

The company regularly contracts work relating to the drilling, completion, maintenance, stimulation and reconditioning of its gas storage wells. Many different services are required to complete each effort. Services and rentals regularly used include drilling rigs, snubbing units, pressure control equipment, coiled tubing, drill pipe and equipment, drilling fluids, mud pumps, drill bits, flowback equipment, oilfield tanks, water hauling, well logging, coring, cementing, perforating, stimulation, testing, mud logging, nitrogen pumping, fluid disposal, well road construction and well site reclamation. The company may contract qualified engineers, geologists, and technicians to design, plan, supervise and conduct these activities.

Engineering & Design Consultants

From time to time, the company contracts for various engineering and design work on an as-needed basis. This work is primarily centered on energy-related facility projects, and includes such things as mechanical piping layout and design, CADD drawings, material list generation, equipment specification, permit acquisition, cost estimating, etc. Other specialized services such as metallurgical testing, risk modeling and stress analysis are bid as necessary.

Licensed Professional Surveyors

The company contracts for professional surveying needs to assist in pipeline construction efforts. This includes pipeline surveys, well locations and platting, boundary surveys and other energy-related survey needs. Pipeline surveys include pipe alignment and layout, locating existing adjacent pipelines, stakeout of construction, environmental and clearing limits, etc. The production of mapping, including alignment sheet generation, is packaged as necessary.

Environmental Consultants

This work consists of preparation of various permits for submission to federal, state (NY and PA) and local agencies for stream, wetland and water body encroachments, wetlands delineation, hydrostatic test water discharges and earth disturbance. Also included are archeological and historical literature searches, field surveys and report preparation, design of erosion and sedimentation control plans, threatened and endangered species field surveys and other biological and ecological reviews. Consultants also may be required to prepare environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the New York Public Service Commission, and other state and federal agencies. This work is typically bid on a project-by-project basis from a list of prequalified contractors.

Property Restoration Contractors

Property restoration involves the replacement of concrete, blacktop, landscaping and streets damaged during pipeline construction activities. Separate contracts are bid in each of our 21 service center areas in New York and Pennsylvania. Contracts are bid on a three-year basis.

Lawn Maintenance Contractors

This work consists of lawn cutting, fertilization and weed control, and other miscellaneous related work located at service centers, regulator station lots and other company-owned facilities throughout our service territories. Each service center is responsible for procuring and managing this work. The terms may be two or three years, and the current contract dates vary among the service centers.

Right-of-Way Clearing and Maintenance

This may consist of clearing and grubbing, and/or mowing or brush hog maintenance of our pipeline rights-of-way throughout our New York and Pennsylvania territories. Separate bids are sometimes created for specific projects. There are also multi-year contracts for regular annual maintenance in various service areas for both distribution and transmission pipelines.

Pipeline Locating Contractors

Line locating service is bid on a three-year basis for areas throughout our Pennsylvania service territory, as well as some service territories in New York.

Leak Survey Contractors

This work consists of leak survey patrolling from March 15 to September 15 of each year. This work is offered as a three-year contract in both New York and Pennsylvania.

Submerged Line Survey Contractors

This work consists of surveying the condition of pipe passing under rivers and streams. Work is required in both New York and Pennsylvania. Leak, corrosion and exposure of piping are examined, and detailed reports are required for each crossing.

Sandblasting & Painting

The protection of above-ground piping against atmospheric corrosion requires periodic application of paint and other types of coating materials. This work may consist of maintenance top-coating over properly bonded paint layers or the complete removal via sandblasting of existing paint layers and reapplication of new paint according to corporate specifications.

Electrical Construction

This work consists of both new and replacement electrical systems and services. Work varies from minor electrical repairs, service work and testing, to specialized work including hazardous area, generator and UPS maintenance and high-voltage maintenance. Numerous projects, varying in size and value, are offered for bid in New York and Pennsylvania each year.

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