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Storm Surge Protection for Elba Island Liquefaction Plant

Precision timing and coordination between partners culminates in successful project

Five miles downstream of Savannah, GA, sits Elba Island, home to a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal. LNG is a highly compressed form of natural gas and is the form used for shipping, via ocean vessels or trucks.

Kinder Morgan, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America, is building a new, two-phased project called the Elba Liquefaction Project, which will add liquefaction and export capabilities to the existing LNG terminal.

The plant’s location, near the Port of Savannah, required storm surge protection for the new facility. Nucor Skyline partnered with The Industrial Company, a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, to develop and install a steel sheet pile wall to help protect the plant during storms. Nucor Skyline used AZ 26-700 sheet piles in 50-60’ lengths. The piles were driven to a retained height of 10’ and the top 20’ were coated to extend the life of the piles. Additionally, fully coated HP 14X73 and HP 14X89 were used as a waler system for the sheet piles.

Due to limited staging area, materials had to be delivered the day of installation, and Nucor Skyline met the challenge of real-time coordination between trucking partners, coating facility, and contractor.

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