Sometimes it’s not possible to cut open a piece of right of way to install a new oil and gas pipeline. Whether encountering a body of water or wetland or crossing roadway, trenchless machinery like horizontal directional drilling (HDD) rigs, boring machines or pipe rammers help overcome these challenges without disrupting the environment. The following manufacturers have the tools you need to get the project done.
The American Augers DD-660RS is a 660,000-lb HDD boring system. This system incorporates many of the steadfast features provided by previous models with some state-of-the-art enhancements. Foremost among these enhancements is a new microprocessor control system with a touch screen display. This system allows the operator to fine tune the drilling capacity to the specifications of the product being installed.
A “Rapid Setup” feature reduces the amount of time and effort it takes to assemble and disassemble the jobsite for drilling or transportation. Rapid Setup systems are exclusive to American Augers maxi HDD trailered systems and have proven to reduce transportation and setup efforts making the crews more efficient.
American Augers builds some of the largest category of horizontal directional drills in the industry and a full range of auger boring machines. Developed and hand-crafted in the United States with the rugged user in mind, American Augers rigs are built to last and backed with 24-hour worldwide support.
For more information, visit americanaugers.com.
Barbco’s BD250 horizontal directional drill is compact and powerful. Under the hood you will find 600 hp dedicated to thrust and rotation.
The BD250 is track-mounted and employs a 20-ft drill stem. The drill combines the power of 10 drive motors to produce 250,000 lbs of pulling force and a top pulling speed of 130 ft per minute. The machine’s rotary torque is 45,000 ft-lbs with a top rotary speed of 120 rotations per minute. Breaking rods is made easy by traveling breakout wrenches with 75,000 ft-lbs breakout torque. The wrench’s double clamp open top design is simple and reliable. The operators climate controlled cabin has controls that are equipped with automated drilling modes and a unique customizable drillers interface that allow for up to three drillers to personalize their own dashboard screens, wallpaper and joystick functions.
Other directional drill models in Barbco’s growing lineup include the BD40HP, BD60HP, BD80HP, BD100HP, BD120HP, BD160HP, BD200HP, BD300 and BD380. In addition to these models Barbco will customize rigs to meet the needs of its client.
For more information, visit barbco.com.
The Ditch Witch JT100 All Terrain is built for extended-range bores and installations of large-diameter pipe with 100,000 lbs of pullback and 12,000 ft-lbs of torque. The machine’s 268-hp engine delivers more raw power more efficiently to all machine functions so installation can be completed faster. And with its exclusive, patented two-pipe drilling system, the JT100 All Terrain can install pipe in most ground formations, including solid rock.
The power of the JT100 All Terrain allows for an addition of an optional onboard crane to load and unload pipe boxes, anchor the unit and handle downhole tools, especially drill pipe — saving contractor’s time and money by reducing the need to acquire and transport additional support equipment, such as an excavator.
Ditch Witch also provides the smaller JT60 and JT60 All Terrain horizontal directional drills, which give operators the flexibility of a smaller footprint drill without losing the power with its 60,000 lbs of pullback and 9,000 ft-lbs of torque.
For more information, visit ditchwitch.com.
McLaughlin offers two McL-10 pit launch drills. The 5-ft model is ideal for limited access jobsites and smaller entry pits. This model is used in downtown areas that cannot be accessed with traditional surface-launch directional drills. The 7-ft model is best suited for projects with more access. This model offers enhanced productivity because there is less making and breaking of rods.
Both models have 1,030 ft-lbs of torque and 13,250 lbs of pullback. They use a standard locator-transmitter beacon, horizontal directional drill head and HDD tooling. Mud mixing system and hydraulic power pack accessories are also available.
Pit launch directional drills are frequently used by non-traditional HDD contractors. They are straight-hydraulic machines that are simple to operate and very reliable. Like with any piece of equipment, it’s important that operators receive proper training and follow standard HDD practices and OSHA regulations for pit set up.
For more information, visit mclaughlinunderground.com.
TT Technologies recently introduced a pipe rammer and bentonite system package for oil and gas pipeline installation projects. The pipeliner package features an 18-in. diameter Grundoram Goliath pneumatic pipe ramming system and a Grundomudd 500 bentonite mixing/delivery system.
During the ramming process the rammer is attached to the rear of the casing. The tool then drives the pipe through the ground with repeated percussive blows. The Goliath rammer installs steel pipes and casings from 24 to 56 in. in diameter. The rammer can also be used for the slick-bore process, installing a bore pipe, which when removed pulls the product pipe into place. Ramming provides accurate installation of casing in a wide range of soil without surface slump, making it ideal for installations under railways and roads.
The pipeliner package is also useful in HDD assist and rescue applications. The rammer can be used to salvage product pipe after a failed bore, install Conductor Barrel casings, remove stuck drill stems and assist drills during product pullback, preventing hydro-lock.
For more information, visit tttechnologies.com.
The Vermeer D220x300 S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill is designed for 16- to 24-in. pipeline projects. The machine has 242,100 lbs of thrust/pullback and 30,750 ft-lbs of rotational torque. The D220x300 S3 has a high power-to-size ratio for its footprint of 38.7 ft long and 8.5 ft wide. This means the versatility to perform urban utility work, as well as pipeline installations up to 24 in. in diameter.
The drill is self-contained with an onboard operator cab, sliding-arm rod stager and optional crane and 350-gpm mud pump. The smaller footprint provides access to confined jobsites and reduces the need for support equipment.
Speed, simplicity and sound are the trademarks of the Vermeer S3 generation of horizontal directional drills. The D220x300 S3 has an operator ear sound rating of 85 dBA. The reduced sound levels help contractors comply with noise regulations in urban areas and contributes to a quieter work environment for the crew.
For more information, visit vermeer.com.