Berg Pipe has amassed an impressive array of hugely complex and technically challenging projects. Large parts of the North American long-distance oil and gas pipeline infrastructure consists of pipes made by Berg Pipe.
Steel grade: X70
Shipping quantity: 465,000 tons
Length: 620 Miles
The Energy Transfer Rover Project is a project never to be forgotten. Due to the project’s size and complexity, and the challenges that arose and were overcame, Rover is considered a true Specialized Steel Pipe Manufacturing Feat, and exemplifies the extraordinary practices of Berg Pipe.
Energy Transfer’s Rover Project was one of the largest orders in the history of Berg Pipe, and turned out to be an extensive accomplishment. The immeasurable success of this project was one driven by outstanding team work. Without interruptions, production took place from the end of December 2014 to the end of September 2015, with pipes being manufacturer in double, triple, and quadruple lengths. The pipe quantities were certainly large, but most impressive was the way in which this project was managed. For example, just-in-time shipments for the pipe and pre-material (such as the coils and plates) were organized by Logistics in a way that expertly avoided congestion and prevented scheduling issues. The cooperation among all the stakeholders was of the highest practice—it allowed for efficient communication and a never-faltering trust that was mutually beneficial for all.
Nevertheless, there were some challenges. One of those was the preparation of the storage yard at the pipe mill in Mobile for large quantities of coil, as well as pipes with and without coating. Additionally, the date when shipments would start was unknown at the time of order placement and for some time afterwards. Given the importance of the project and our steadfast ambition to succeed, Berg Pipe Mobile developed various plans for storage and handling of the project. The expansion of the storage yard was a priority and close to 160 kilometers of 42” pipe were stored at our Mobile manufacturing facility at once before the first shipment. Berg Pipe’s Panama City location had about 150 miles of pipe at one point stored in onsite and offsite storage yards. The preparations turned out to be a full success, and in terms of safety, the OSHA rating was well below industry standard, meaning there were no accidents with lost work days. Berg Pipe is proud of the great success of this project, and the commitment and dedication displayed by our employees!
Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connector
Steel grade: X70
Shipping quantity: 346,000 tons
Miles: 515 miles + 126 miles
The Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connector Pipelines attended to a problem: The existing infrastructure was at its limits and could not cover further increase in energy demand. Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connector were critical in aiding in supply Florida’s growing demand for energy. This pipeline provides natural gas to help meet demands for both commercial and residential applications in the region.
Sabal Trail is a joint venture among Spectra Energy, Nextera Energy and Duke Energy. The pipeline begins near the eastern border of Alabama, crosses through Southwest Georgia and runs through Central Florida where it joins the Florida Southeast Connector. The pipeline transports over 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to serve location distribution companies and gas-fired power plants. Sabal Trail pipe is 36” pipe in grade X70 steel, with wall thickness of 13.2 mm (0.52”) and 19 mm (0.75”).
The Florida Southeast Connector ties into the southernmost point of the Sabal Trail pipeline and runs to the south for another 128 miles. Nextera is the sole operator of this line. Florida Southeast Connector is 30” and 36” pipe in grade X70 steel, with multiple sizing including wall thicknesses of 13.2 mm (0.52”), 13.06 mm (0.51”) and 15.67 mm (0.62”).
For both Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connector, the majority of the pipes were in quadruple lengths. The double-jointing in Panama City was extremely successful with the addition of the new girth-welding unit that was installed during the project.
Steel grade: X70
Shipping quantity: 175,390 tons
Miles: 270 miles
The El Paso Corporation (acquired by Kinder Morgan in 2012) was one the largest owner of interstate gas pipelines in the US. It operated more than 42,000 miles of gas pipelines and transported 19 billion cubic feet per day, which was nearly 30% of all gas consumed in the US.
El Paso built the Ruby Pipeline, the first carbon neutral interstate pipeline in North America. It runs from the Opal Hub in Wyoming through Utah and Nevada until it ends near Malin in Oregon. The main aim of this pipeline was to connect the natural gas reserves in the Rocky Mountain region with growing markets in the western United States.
The contract to supply 278 miles of large-diameter pipes for this 680-mile-long pipeline was awarded to Berg Pipe Mobile in 2009. It was the first large order for the new spiral pipe mill in Mobile, Alabama. Due to some start-up problems at the Berg Pipe Mobile mill, the production of the pipes had to be shared between our Mobile location (which manufactured 103 miles), and Panama City location (their share was 126 miles). Despite these adverse circumstances, we were able to supply the pipes with the desired quality on time.
The pipes had an outside diameter of 42" and a wall thickness of between 0.541" and 0.600".
A gallery from the in-field pipe placement of Ruby Pipeline can be found at the bottom of this page.