342 Pipeline News
Happy New Year! The pipeline work in Local 342 is continuing to slow down. Most of the PG&E projects are finishing up, but there are some California Shortline (CSL) jobs starting now and in the near future. WA Rasic and ARB currently have a few jobs going for Kinder Morgan, Chevron, and Phillips 66. The work for Kinder Morgan should continue through the wintertime and the Chevron and Phillips 66 job(s) should last for a few more weeks.
This year’s performance on the PG&E work was a great success. The safety records for all of the contractors were almost flawless. There were just a few incidents this year that raised some concerns, but with the amount of hours worked by the contractors and PG&E, all parties were extremely happy. After making over 10,000 welds, the combined total weld repair rate between the contractors and PG&E was 1.04%. This is a phenomenal rate considering the 100% X-ray and most of the welds are tie-in welds.
We would like to thank Pierre Bigras for getting the team together and helping Local 342 put together an informational session on all aspects of the welding procedures & tie-in procedures that PG&E has in place. We had 178 in attendance for a Q&A session to help provide procedural clarity. We plan on having more of these Q&A sessions in the future and hope everyone will do their best to attend these meetings in order to receive the updated information.
Local 342 is also hosting a pipeline steward school for the California Shortline Agreement; which will be held January 11, 2014, in Local 342's Auditorium. All member are welcome to attend. The class will begin at 8:00 am and will last between 6-8 hours. Please contact Mike Mikich if you would like more information.
The pipeline school is open and doing well. We have Tony Cuellar and welding instructor, Robbie Nash, at the school five days a week (Tuesday through Saturday) from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. We added a covered weld bay for welding in inclement weather and have also been working hard to get the hydrostatic testing hands-on training portion put together. We will keep you posted on the Local 342 website (www.ua342.com).
The Pipeline Steward School will be held on January 11, 2014, at 8:00 am in the auditorium of Local 342. We will go over the entire Shortline Agreement which will take approximately 6-8 hours. There will also be a Q&A with PG&E which will will include tie-in and welding procedures as well any/all covered tasks.
The Pipeline work in our area is holding steady. At this time, there are still several jobs still in progress; however, the amount of work coming in is starting to slow down. We should have a good amount of work through October and into November. After November, the work is expected to slow down considerably due to the inclement weather and natural gas flowing at peak during the winter months.
Most of the welding procedure work is completed with just a few more to go. We would like to thank all of the members who worked on these procedures and those of you still working on this project. We have completed over 85 procedures so far with great success!
We are proud to announce that 18 Local 342 Welders who participated in our Pipeline School have passed the PG&E weld test and are now welding and/or will be able to work on future PG&E projects.
Effective immediately, training sessions will be held at 1016 Black Diamond Street in Pittsburg. These sessions will take place Mondays through Saturdays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. All UA Local 342 members are invited to attend. Training sessions may include introduction to downhill welding, hydro-testing, helper training, and, distribution.
If you are interested in hands on pipeline training, please call Steve Eckley (925) 686-0730 ext.300 or Mike Mikich (925) 686-5880 ext.248 to sign up.
Pipeline Training is not available at this time. Please check back for future training availability.