Snelson’s Paradise to Falcon Pipeline Project

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The Goal

In the summer of 2011, Snelson mobilized to Pinedale, Wyoming. The job? 15 miles of 30″ pipeline between the Paradise and Falcon compressor stations.


The Challenges

The project faced many challenges over the 3.5 month duration. 85 percent of the project was on Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, which brought additional compliance requirements to meet the Federal standards. Wildlife restrictions required resequencing some work and implementing new methods. The weather also was a challenge, varying between the low nineties to below zero, bringing thunder, rain, hail and snow to the worksite.


Against the backdrop of Wyoming’s Wind River Range, Snelson achieved project completion ahead of schedule. The entire undertaking came to a smooth conclusion: fifteen miles of 30″ pipeline completed, four bores that totaled over 900 lineal feet, and two horizontal directional drills that stretched nearly 3/4 of a mile.

Favorable Reports

The men and women on the team were “True Champions of Safety” putting in over 125,000 worker hours with zero lost time injuries and zero recordable injuries. In the end, BLM not only reported the project had no major environmental incursions, but commented that it was “the best job they’d seen come through Pinedale”.

Watch the video to see some incredible images from this successful project.