HOUSTON– The next MTS Houston Section luncheon will be held on September 23, 2010, and will feature a presentation by Michael Kologinczak, Senior Engineer with Williams on the Gulfstream Natural Gas System.
When the Gulfstream Natural Gas System, L.L.C. pipeline expansion project was initiated in the late 1990s, Florida was considered to have one of the fastest growing populations in the country. With only one interstate pipeline operating in Florida at that time, Williams seized on the opportunity to tap into a growing market for natural gas and introduce competition within Florida.
The result was a $1.5-billion project to deliver supplies of natural gas from the Mobile Bay area to the state of Florida. Facilities included 437 miles of 36-in. high-pressure pipeline across the Gulf of Mexico, as well as 150 miles of onshore facilities connecting Mississippi and Alabama to Florida. When the Gulfstream pipeline system went into service in May 2002, its diameter and length gave it the distinction of being the largest pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kologinczak’s presentation will focus on the design and construction challenges encountered and considerations necessary for the successful completion of the Gulfstream pipeline. He will also discuss the various and unique steps taken by Williams to minimize and mitigate environmental impact from the pipeline construction.