Oil and gas companies play a crucial role in our global economy and primary fuel sources. At Calahan Construction, we help companies in the gas and oil industries engineer, construct, and streamline their next big project.
Construction Projects We Complete for the Oil and Gas Industry
Upstream construction involves removing oil from the ground; this consists of using a drill bit to create a well for oil and natural gas production. After identifying and determining where to drill, our workers clear and prepare the site for evacuation.
During site preparation, our construction workers clear a road to the site and level the specific worksite where drilling occurs. Throughout jobsite preparation, we keep all safety hazards in the forefront of our minds, including:
Pedestrian traffic and ground personnel
Buried pipelines and cables that could be electrical, flammable, or toxic
Construction vehicle traffic
Inclement weather and its impact on the terrain
The construction project doesn’t end after excavating. Equipment such as cranes, rig-up trucks, and forklifts assemble and prepare the rig for drilling. This process includes:
Setting the substructure and the rig floor
Installing handrails, guardrails, stairs, walkways, and ladders
Installing auxiliary equipment like the catwalk and pipe racks
Performing safety inspections to prevent falling, slipping, or tripping
Pipelines – Midstream Construction
Midstream construction involves collecting and transporting crude oil, natural gas, and refined products. Gas pipeline projects typically include moving the fuel from the site to surrounding households and businesses. Our oil and gas construction process breaks down into six stages:
Staging areas – Used to store materials and equipment, such as sandbags
Clear cutting the row – Clear cut the pipeline and haul off large trees
Excavating – Dig the trench
Pipe transport – Lay pipe sections
Obstacles – Uncover obstacles that may stop construction, such as roads and streams
Testing and restoration – Verify pipeline integrity
After our workers dig trenches and transport proper materials to the staging area, the pipes are laid down beside the trenches. Pipe sections are bent using bending and welding tools, sand-blasting, and coated joints to prevent corrosion.
Like upstream drilling, hazards at this stage include the local environment (streams and wetlands), land terrain, inclement weather, and equipment. Explosions are a deep concern at this stage because a lot of welding takes place. Calahan Construction guarantees that we take the most appropriate and necessary safety precautions to protect our workers and your jobsite.
Refinery Plants – Downstream Construction
Downstream construction involves manufacturing, refining, and selling natural gas products derived from crude oil. Although it’s not as hands-on as pipeline transportation, site preparation, and rigging, our construction workers still play a critical role in the downstream construction of the oil and natural gas pipeline.
During any new construction, we identify as many potential hazards on the jobsite as we can foresee. However, after building a refinery plant, construction activities are never-ending. From building new platform structures to adding new building components, construction workers are critical to your plant’s continuing success.
The Front Range’s Go-To Provider for Construction Services
We’re an oil and gas pipeline construction company that helps local businesses with their facility construction needs. Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation and estimate for your next oil and gas project.
Since 1937, we’ve been collaborating with oil and gas companies to help them with their new and existing refinery plant needs. When you partner with Calahan Construction, you’re not just getting a one-and-done construction service provider—you’re getting a life-long business partner.
Our reputation stands well in the Front Range, and businesses of all industries trust us with their general contracting and construction needs. As a family-owned and operated business, we provide a client-focused approach that produces big business results. But don’t take our word for it—see what our loyal clients have to say about our process! Connect with a Calahan representative today to get started on your oil and gas construction needs.