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Lake Bores Begin At The Niangua Bridge

SUNRISE BEACH – December 10, 2012 – Summit Natural Gas crews began construction a few weeks ago on the 3,320 foot long bore next to the Niangua Bridge at the Lake of the Ozarks.

“The logistics behind building a Natural Gas pipeline aren’t as simple as finding customers and putting pipe in the ground.” says Project Manager Bert Stefanic.  “A system is designed and mapped out to show proposed installation locations, rights-of-way must be obtained from land owners, hiring contractors, marketing, sales, and so much more that goes into it.”

Director of Missouri Business Development Bret Brown explains that the best way to describe a natural gas pipeline project is to compare it to a moving assembly line. “In order for the job to be complete, each person must do their designated job to ensure that the next person can do theirs. If land is not cleared, then the pipe can’t be put in the ground. If the pipe isn’t put in the ground, then the cleanup crews can’t come restore the property. As each person works and completes their job, the next person can begin their part of the process.” says Brown.

The largest and most expensive parts of the Lake of the Ozarks project is boring the lake at the three major bridges in the area; the Community Bridge, Hurricane Deck and Niangua.

The 7 million dollar piece of equipment is controlled by a crew at one side of the bridge.  Attached to the front of the bore rig is a head that steers in the direction that the pipe will go.  Behind the head of the bore rig is a 40 foot rod that drills an eleven and a quarter inch hole under the entire length of the lake. Once they drill 40 feet into the ground, they will attach another 40 foot rod to the existing rod and continue to do so every 40 feet until they reach the other side of the lake.

Once the head of the bore rig reaches the other side of the lake, the pipe will be laid out and welded together, ready to be pulled through. The drill head is removed and replaced with a pull head. This pull head is welded to the pipe that will be placed in the ground and then pulled back through the existing hole, along with the 40 foot rods. Every 40 feet, a rod is removed until all the pipe has been pulled through.

The Niangua bridge will take a month to complete.

Summit Natural Gas currently serves over 11,000 customers in the Northwestern, Southwestern and Central Missouri areas.

For more information about obtaining lower cost and efficient natural gas please visit or call 573-374-1244.


Annica Russo

14108 N. Hwy 5

Sunrise Beach, MO 65065



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