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Skoda Contracting Quarterly News: Training, Mentoring, and Following Procedure Pay Off for Customer Safety

On a daily basis, trained, professional, Skoda Contracting Pipe Men, in all Skoda Divisions, assess and take action on potentially life threatening situations as they work.

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WGL Emergency Service Replacements

From January 2017 to the present, Skoda Contracting’s Washington, DC workforce has been the primary emergency service replacement contractor for Washington Gas’s Maryland territories. Skoda’s Gas Utility Workers use supplied air to ensure they are safe while repairing leaking gas infrastructure. This service, coupled with the work Skoda performs for Washington Gas’s proactive replacement programs, helps make the Washington, DC area a safer place to live and work.

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Cast Iron Replacement Projects for Elizabethtown Gas in Fanwood

From September 2017 to September 2018 three Skoda Contracting replacement crews completed two large scale cast iron replacement projects for Elizabethtown Gas in Fanwood, NJ. In total the crews installed 29,447 LF of 2” PE gas main, 10,705 LF of 4” PE gas main, 1937 LF of 6” PE gas main and 870 gas services. Additionally, the crews abandon 54,007 LF of cast iron gas main. The projects were completed as part of ETG’s accelerated replacement program under their blanket replacement projects. The program seeks to modernize Elizabethtown Gas’s infrastructure by replacing all cast iron from their system with modern wrapped steel and polyethylene piping.

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Gilbert One Transmission Valve Cut

In the fall of 2018 Skoda Contracting was awarded a job by Elizabethtown Gas to cut in a 10 inch valve on their Gilbert One 850 psi transmission pipeline. TD Williamson stopple fittings were welded to the pipeline so that a section of the pipeline could be shut down and a valve could be cut in. This valve will be needed in the future to perform a smart pig investigation to determine the structural integrity of the Gilbert One Pipeline. Skoda Contracting, with the assistance of ETG personnel, handled every aspect of the project including welding, stopping, cutting, purging out and re-introducing gas to the pipeline.

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Spruce Run High Bridge Interconnect -12" HP Steel

In January of 2017 Skoda Contracting completed ~13,500 LF of 12” High Pressure Steel main installation for Elizabethtown Gas in High Bridge, New Jersey. The project included an open cut crossing of an NJ Transit Railroad, installation of a temporary coffer dam of an environmentally sensitive waterway and a final connection tie-in on NJDOT Highway 31. The project was completed by Skoda ahead of schedule and under budget despite snowy conditions, extensive rock break and ~550 vertical feet of elevation change.

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Contractor of the Year

"UNION, N.J. – Feb. 13, 2006 – Elizabethtown Gas, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), recently honored Skoda Contracting Co. as the Contractor of the Year for its “culture of excellence” in installing natural gas mains and services, the facilities that deliver the fuel to homes and businesses. " ....

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Skoda Sets Production Records

"Monday: February 16, 2015: (temp 2°F-21°F) Mark Daly was given an “emergency” job from Ian Azar for approximately 1900’ of 2” EP PE main and 37 service transfers. Ian asked for Skoda to call emergency mark-outs and start the job immediately. The forecast was calling for snow Monday night and Tuesday morning."

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Skoda's Skills Tested

"Put out to bid as a night job, the 7'000' of 8" pressure reinforcement main on South Avenue, State Route 28, in Fanwood, NJ, would have the usual problems associated with working at night. As a night project, this bid created problems much more difficult to deal with than just thick blacktop, concrete, traffic and lighting."

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Immediate Response

"Skoda Foreman, Steven Csiszlak approached a home owner getting into her car to schedule the replacement of her natural gas service on Marshall Street in Phillipsburg, NJ for Elizabethtown Gas Company. She told him that she had been smelling gas in the house since her plumber did some furnace piping a few days prior."

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