Helical Piles for Oil & Gas Applications
Chance® helical piles provide excellent foundation solutions for the oil and gas industry. Upstream, midstream, and downstream, helical piles provide strong foundations for stabilization needs for oil production, transportation, and processing. Able to bear loads of up to 120,000 pounds on each pile, Chance helical piles are ideal for a variety of oil & gas applications, including:
- Pipe racks and supports
- Pump skids
- Storage tanks
Using jobsite soil reports and the free Chance software, HeliCAP®, helical pile foundations are accurately engineered for the intended load – meaning no wasteful over-design or catastrophic under-design
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Buoyancy is a major concern in the design and construction of all pipelines. In water or mud, an empty pipeline with a diameter greater than 12 inches can push itself to the surface if it has not been properly supported. Stabilization of a pipeline is based on the shear strength of the soil and/or the over-burden pressure of the soil on the pile. Chance helical piles do not require the physical weight of the pipe or soil to overcome the pipe's buoyancy. Engineering evaluations show that helical piles are the predictable, measurable, and economical means for pipeline stabilization.
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Helical piles offer significant cost savings in material, installation, and transportation. A single anchor, weighing approximately 250 lbs, can replace 100,000 lbs. of dead weight thrust block concrete in a section of pipeline! The lower weight and volume make them easier to transport to remote jobsites, providing material transport cost savings.
Able to be installed by smaller crews with shorter installation times, helical piles provide additional savings in labor and time. With no curing time, helical piles can be immediately loaded after they are screwed into the ground with small hydraulic equipment.
For structures that are temporary or equipment that needs to be moved, helical piles can be unscrewed and reused on another site with minimal soil disturbance, providing a solution that’s both cost-effective and eco-friendly.