As opposed to earth moving equipment, specialized pipeline construction equipment is not widely available. Large pipeline construction projects are therefore a challenge when it comes to equipment logistics and fleet management. How to overcome these challenges?
Over the last few years the global pipeline industry has been dominated by some of the largest onshore construction projects in history. Projects like TANAP, TAP, OPAL and the East-West pipeline are just a few of large diameter and long distance pipelines that have been built or that are still under construction. Further large onshore projects like EUGAL, ZEELINK, Eastring and TAPI are about to start or are at least planned, ensuring a decent workload for many pipeline construction companies over at least the next 3 or 4 years.
These large scale projects are of great value for all parties involved, but in many cases, the sheer size of the tendered lots exceed the capabilities of single companies and therefore Joint Ventures are formed. But even then the size of these projects result in ever more challenges and especially the logistics and the task of composing and managing a fleet of specialized pipeline construction equipment keeps many puzzled.
Where on one side, construction companies want to have maximum flexibility and therefore want to own all necessary equipment, many of them do not want to have the burden of a large equipment fleet on their balance sheet.
The decision how to fulfill the construction equipment needs on a project is a revolving one which, on each project and for every piece of equipment, can result in a different conclusion.