Surerus Murphy Has Begun Hiring For Kamloops Section Of Trans Mountain Pipeline

While they are still waiting on approval, Calgary-based contractor, Surerus Murphy, has begun searching for workers to assist in construction on the 5A section of a pipeline, the Kamloops and Merritt pieces. According to Heather Eddy, company director of Human Resources and development, construction is estimated to take around 30 to 34 months.

Heather stated, “when we’re fully ramped up we’ll have over 600 people working on our section of the pipeline,” and that they “really do intend to hire as many local and Indigenous employees as possible.”

The hiring process for some of the upper level positions within leadership and administration as well as the search for sub-contractors has already begun.

The start date, as well as specific job numbers for the project, are still unknown. However majority of jobs available will be for laborers and operators. Other various jobs needed will be mechanics, welders, environmental advisers, health and safety personnel, human resource and procurement specialists. Heather Eddy and her team are currently taking resumes for all positions in order to keep on file for when they are ready to start hiring.

Surerus Murphy will require all workers for the project to be trained in pipeline construction safety through a classroom course that is normally around $100 to $125.

Source: Kamploops Matters

Flash Fire at Summit Midstream Hereford Plant Injures 3 Workers

Following a flash fire that occurred shortly after 9 am on Wednesday at Summit Midstream’s Hereford Ranch Plant in northern Weld County, three people were taken to area hospitals.

The plant is located in the 67500 block of Weld County Road 71. Denver7 reported that two helicopters and at least one ambulance responded to the scene and two out of the three contractors were thought to be in critical condition.

Blake Motley, spokesman for Summit Midstream, said in an email to The Tribune that three contractors were working on a compressor when the fire ignited and all three contractors were taken to area hospitals for treatment of burns. The fire is under investigation.


Phase II Construction of Hillabee Expansion Project Kicks Off

Construction on the second phase of Williams’ Hillabee Expansion project in Chilton County, Alabama has officially started. This includes contractor mobilization, environmental training and site preparation at the location of a nearly seven-mile pipeline loop known as the Rock Springs Loop.

The second phase construction also includes horsepower modifications to two existing Transco compressor facilities. It is anticipated to be placed into service next summer and will increase the Transco pipeline’s capacity by an additional 206,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day.

Another work on nearly four-mile Verbena Loop in Choctaw County, Alabama is scheduled to begin in April.

The first phase of the Hillabee project was successfully placed into service in July 2017. This increased Transco pipeline’s capacity in Alabama by 818,410 dekatherms per day and supplied Florida power generators via the new Sabal Trail pipeline.


Magellan Midstream Partners Pipeline Ruptures, Spills 1,200 Barrels of Crude in Texas

A Magellan Midstream Partners oil pipeline ruptured Thursday, spilling approximately 1,200 barrels, or 50,400 gallons, of crude near Bastrop, Texas and triggered an evacuation of nearby homes.

The Longhorn Pipeline, which transports crude oil from Crane, Texas to Houston, ruptured just south of Bastrop, Texas near Austin after a contractor doing maintenance hit a fitting, according to Magellan Midstream Partners.

The company said the spill has been contained and no oil reached water. The pipeline has been shut down, and cleanup efforts are underway.

People from about 15 residences were evacuated due to the spill but were authorized to return back home late Thursday evening, according to Magellan.

About 100 representatives were involved in cleanup efforts, and PHMSA dispatched an inspector to the site.


Michigan Fires Contractor Assigned to Enbridge Oil Pipeline Risk Analysis

The company set to conduct an analysis on a potential oil pipeline failure under the Straits of Mackinac was fired due to a conflict of interest with pipeline owner Enbridge Energy, according to the state of Michigan.

Det Norske Veritas, the contractor hired to conduct the study, was fired after it was revealed that an employee for the contractor previously worked on another project for Enbridge, which owns the Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

A spokesman for Enbridge said the company supports ending the contract and that it wants a process conducted that is independent and without conflict. The company and the state of Michigan are investigating what may have happened in the contracting process.

Enbridge's Line 5 carries approximately 23 million gallons of light crude oil and liquified natural gas daily. It begins in Superior, Wisconsin, splits into two pipelines underneath the Straits of Mackinac, and then continues to Sarnia, Ontario.

The line was built in 1953 and is opposed by several environmental groups who believe the age of the line makes it susceptible to pipeline spills.

Enbridge earlier this month completed two federally-required pressure tests on the twin lines under the Straits of Mackinac, both of which passed.


Natural Gas Explosion in Portland Causes Several Injuries, Immense Damage to Property

Firefighters work to put out fire after a natural gas explosion occurred in Portland, Oregon, October 19, 2016. Photo: Don Ryan / AP

Firefighters work to put out fire after a natural gas explosion occurred in Portland, Oregon, October 19, 2016. Photo: Don Ryan / AP

A natural gas explosion on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon caused eight injuries and several evacuations after it erupted into fire on a popular street called “Trendy Third.”

The explosion caused immense damage to property, crumbling a building to ashes and blowing out windows of another nearby building.

Utility company NW Natural responded to calls at 8:55am on Wednesday morning about a subcontractor hitting one of its gas lines while digging.

Workers from NW Natural were onsite by 9:10am and were working to control the gas leak when an eruption occurred at 9:38am. The cause of the ignition is unknown.

The company was able to control the gas leak by 9:52am, according to the update on its website. NW Natural is currently coordinating with Portland Fire, PGE and City of Portland structural officials to turn service back on in the area as soon as possible.

“We want to assure our customers and the communities we serve that public safety is our absolute priority. We continually train our crews to be ready, and I’m proud of their rapid response,” said CEO David Anderson in a statement.

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