SALEM - An Alabama pipeline construction company moved into the former People's Lumber yard facility on Snyder Road about 10 days ago.
Sunland Construction, Inc. has targeted growth activity in the U.S. unconventional shale plays. It will be laying gathering lines from well sites to main lines that will carry oil and gas products to the two nearest processing plants in Springfield Township in Mahoning County and the Kensington M3 Momentum plant in Columbiana County.
According to its website, "Sunland owns cranes, excavators, side booms, bulldozers, marine equipment, and all other types of equipment necessary to perform the assigned tasks. Along with standard pipeline construction equipment, Sunland also owns specialized machinery such as directional drilling rigs, pipe lay barges, and amphibious excavators."
Sunland Construction from Tuscaloosa, Ala. moved into the former People’s Lumber facility on Snyder Road about 10 days ago. The company will be laying gathering gas lines and expects to work in this area through 2016. Workers were moving pipe and lumber onto the site on Saturday. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)
Sundland, bases in Tuscaloosa, AL, operates in oil and gas-rich areas including the Barnett, Haynesville, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Bakken as well as the Utica shale plays where, according to its website, "Some industry groups project the U.S. unconventional shale plays hold 750 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas and 23.9 billion barrels of recoverable oil."
The Snyder Road building was previously a dispatch site for Utah-based R.N. Industries, a trucking firm that used it for its eastern Ohio operations February of 2012 and has since moved out.
RNI is tied to Chesapeake Energy and the "Salem Yard," became the third corner in a geographical triangulation that includes RNI operations in DuBois/Falls Creek and Washington, Pa.
Sundland's project manager of business development for its eastern division, Kevin Jenkins, said he expects the company to be in the area through 2016.
According to Sundland's website, more than two years ago Sunland identified and targeted the growing activity in the United States' unconventional shale plays as key areas for future growth.
The areas include the Barnett, Haynesville, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Bakken as well as the Utica shale plays.
These shales are composed of natural gas, oil or a combination of the two hydrocarbons. Some industry groups project the U.S. unconventional shale plays hold 750 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas and 23.9 billion barrels of recoverable oil.
In other shale play developments, former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, who spearheaded the oil and gas drilling-rights buying spree in eastern Ohio before being ousted by Chesapeake, has raised well over $3 billion for his new American Energy Utica (AEU) LLC, an affiliate of American Energy Partners, LP.
McClendon, based in Oklahoma, kept his focus on the Utica shale play and brought his new company right back to Ohio where it now has more than a quarter of million acres in the Utica.
AEU expects to have upwards of 30 drilling rigs operating in the Utica shale play by 2018.