Freshwater Transfer Pipeline

Borton-Lawson completed fast track design and permitting for a 9000 LF, dual 16” HDPE freshwater pipeline, which included a 1100 LF horizontal directional drill. Because the project was fast tracked, Borton Lawson facilitated all expedited bidding and construction administration activities concurrent with permit approvals in order to keep the project on schedule.

  • Awarded the project on December 17, 2012
  • Fast tracked work to submit all permit documents by December 27, 2012
  • All permits were secured by February 6, 2013
  • Project was fully operational within 65 days of Notice to Proceed.

Challenges V. Solutions

Challenge Owner was facing an accelerated deadline to provide freshwater for proposed well development and frac in approaching winter conditions. The Owner would incur significant costs to transport water via truck if the pipeline was not completed in time.

Challenge The proposed dual 16 inch pipeline crossed a significant wetland system requiring botanical clearances and the growing season to study the specified botanical concern had concluded before the Notice to Proceed was issued to Borton Lawson.

SolutionThe design team developed a valved solution to phase the installation of the dual pipelines across the wetland system and eliminate the need for an HDD which significantly reduced construction costs. Borton-Lawson worked closely with the regulatory agencies and the Owner to ensure this phased approach satisfied project water demand requirements and all environmental concerns. Our environmental team was able to study the wetland system the next growing season and eliminate the need for a second HDD by justifying an open cut solution which satisfied all regulatory expectations.