DCP Midstream, the largest natural gas liquids producer in the United States, recently acquired rights to the Southern Hills Pipeline. The pipeline’s function will be to transport approximately 175,000 barrels of natural gas liquid (NGL) per day from Kansas to growing Gulf Coast markets, spanning approximately 800 miles. Due to a region of rocky and steep terrain that part of the pipeline is built on, trench breakers needed to be implemented. The trench breakers provide structural stability for the pipeline, so the NGL can be transported swiftly. Also, when the trench is filled up, the soil is still exposed to rainfall, so erosion can become an issue. To control erosion and maintain stability in the trench, spray foam insulation is an effective method to utilize. Therefore, DCP brought in a crew from Kool Foam specifically to install SPF, instead of the alternative, which was using sandbags in the trench.
“Applying foam is faster, safer, easier, and cheaper than using sandbags for this type of project,” said Kool Foam’s owner Cory Boehs. “About 15 trench breakers can be installed with spray foam in the time that one sandbag trench is installed.”