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Plastic Pipeline Construction
This work consists of both new and replacement of plastic mainlines and services. Tapping gas mains, cutting-off existing mains, live gas tie-ins, customer appliance relights, and testing are all part of this work. Numerous projects, varying in size and value, are offered for bid in New York and Pennsylvania each year.
Steel Pipeline Construction
This work consists mostly of replacement work, although some new construction is offered. Steel pipe construction includes pipelines from 6"- 36" diameter, including all associated fittings and gas handling required to complete the work. All welders must be certified by National Fuel for this work.
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 southern New York.
Leak Survey Contractors
This work consists of leak survey patrolling from March 15 to September 15 of each year. Currently this work is offered as a three-year contract in our Pennsylvania service territory.
Cast Iron Mobil Survey Contractors
This work consists of patrolling of our cast iron mainline piping system in Buffalo, New York, using vehicle-mounted gas detection equipment. The work is regularly scheduled between March 1 and June 1 of each year. Addtional patrolling may be required in the winter, depending on weather and frost conditions. This is a three-year contract.
Submerged Line Survey Contractors
This work consists of surveying the conditions of Transmission piping passing through 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.
Construction Inspection Contractors
National Fuel currently performs it own pipeline inspections. However, we are interested in outside inspection contracts as an alternative.
Engineering Survey Contractors
Survey crews are contracted to supplement our own work on an “as-needed” basis. The work consists of line locating, survey, stakeout, and plotting. Work is bid on an hourly basis.
Property Restoration Contractors
This work involves the replacement of concrete, blacktop, landscaping, and streets damaged by our crews. Separate contracts are bid in each of our 21 service center areas in New York and Pennsylvania. Contracts are bid on a multi-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.
This work consists of snowplowing and/or snow removal at various company-owned facilities. As in other maintenance contracts, the individual service centers are responsible for administering these contracts in our Distribution and Supply Divisions. Terms of the contract vary among the service areas.
Right-of-Way Clearing and Maintenance
This work 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 Supply companies.
Pipeline Painting Contractors
Contractors are required to perform sandblasting and painting work on above ground piping systems at various locations in our service territories.
Aircraft Pipeline Patrol Service
Services are required for fully operated helicopters and for fixed-wing aircraft to fly our pipelines. A National Fuel inspector accompanies the pilot and performs aerial inspections of pipelines for such purposes as encroachment of right-of-way, visual indicators of leakage and clearing and grubbing issues.
Pipeline Training Services
National Fuel has an interest in alternative sources that provide training for pipeline industry responsibilities relating to the installation and maintenance of natural gas pipelines. Providers must be approved and provide training and certification. Providers must also meet the federal standards of the Department of Transportation and all the special requirements of National Fuel.
Pipeline Corrosion Services
Contractors are used to furnish and install various components for cathodic protection of steel pipelines.
Contract pipeline welders are hired to provide all labor and equipment required to perform certified welding services on steel pipelines. Welders must meet the testing and qualification standards of National Fuel and the steel pipeline industry.
Directional Drilling Contractors
Contractors that provide trenchless technology in the installation of our pipelines are sometimes required on a job-by-job basis as well as a multi-year blanket contract.
This work consists of preparation of various permits for submission to Federal, State (NY & 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 pre-qualified contractors.
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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