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Directional Drilling

Exceptional performance

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a versatile trenchless construction method for locations where surface excavations and conventional trenching are not desirable. With crews and equipment capable of installing pipelines and conduit bundles up to 60 inches in diameter and to length beyond 4,000 metres, when partnering with us, you get the team with the most sophisticated guidance systems to drill parabolic boreholes on precisely engineered alignments. We bring you a fleet of custom-modified large rigs with up to 1.2 million pounds of drilling trust/pulling power that operate in all climates, conditions and locations, including under waterways, railways, roadways and runways.

Michels completes HDD from:
Land to land
Land to water
Water to water

Michels pioneered the pilot hole intersect method, which extends the possibility of HDD by using two rigs to bore the alignment from each side and meet at a predetermined location.

Michels was the Prime Contractor on the FortisBC Coastal Transmission System Project in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  The 11 kilometre project consisted of 36-inch and 42-inch new pipe construction in a heavily urban environment.

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FortisBC Coastal Transmission System

BC

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FortisBC Coastal Transmission System

Michels constructed a 36.2 km (22.5-mile), 30-inch pipeline for the Thornbury section of the Liege Lateral Loop 2.

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Liege Lateral Loop 2

BC

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Liege Lateral Loop 2

Michels installed a new 500 metre crossing of NPS 30 pipe beneath the river using horizontal drilling technology (HDD).

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Moberly River Crossing

BC

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Moberly River Crossing

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Western Alberta System Mainline Loop Rocky View Section

AB

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Western Alberta System Mainline Loop Rocky View Section

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McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant HDD

BC

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McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant HDD

Michels Canada performed an emergency horizontal directional drill (HDD) of 469 metres. The project was a 5-string bundle of 4-inch, 8-inch and three 12-inch pipes.

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Pouce Coupe River Crossing

BC

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Pouce Coupe River Crossing

Michels Canada used Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) to install a 36-inch steel pipe under Deadhorse Creek.

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Line 3 Replacement Deadhorse Creek Crossing

Manitoba

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Line 3 Replacement Deadhorse Creek Crossing

Michels installed Seven 42-inch heavy wall pipeline trenchless crossings.

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Northern Courier Crossings

BC

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Northern Courier Crossings

Michels drilled a 966-metre, 36-inch hole under the North Saskatchewan River to simultaneously install a 24-inch welded steel pipeline segment and two strands of 1 1/4-inch polyethylene conduit containing fiber optic cables.

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North Saskatchewan River

AB

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North Saskatchewan River

Michels used HDD to complete a 800 metre of 12-inch pipe installation under the St. Lawrence River.

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St. Lawrence River Crossing

ON

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St. Lawrence River Crossing

Michels was prime contractor for installation of a power cable duct under False Creek in conjunction with the Vancouver City Central Transmission Project.

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Vancouver City Central Transmission

BC

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Vancouver City Central Transmission