In recent times, the building of a new oil refinery is essentially unheard of. However, as exploration increases in the natural gas-rich areas and consumer and industry demands increase for the efficient, clean-burning fuel it naturally follows that   there is an ever increasing requirement for new and/or expanded fractionating plants, compressor stations, gathering systems and expanded interstate distribution systems.

As geographic areas enter oil and gas fueled boom cycles with attendant population growth there are always building projects which span the spectrum from auto dealerships to schools, hospitals, water supply projects, water treatment facilities, factories, restaurants, theaters as well as shopping malls, big box retailers, convenience stores and everything in between.  Premier even inspects carnival rides. 

Projects of this magnitude have need for all disciplines of the Inspection Trades from API Inspectors to all NDE methods as well as the careful inspection of the Certified Welding Inspectors as they inspect every facet of a large construction project from pre-construction plan review to inspecting the structural steel as it is trucked in and unloaded at the jobsite. Not a single bolted or welded connection escapes the sharp-eyed scrutiny of these Inspectors.

Liquid movement always seems to play a big part in any area’s growth, whether for water, sewage, or natural gas. All of these products and services are minimum requirements for industrial, commercial and residential users. Liquid movement means one thing – pipelines. Here again we see the Certified Welding Inspector playing a major role, along with fleets of X-Ray trucks and their crews of Level-II NDE Technicians. It is not unheard of for an Inspection crew to be dedicated to one of these projects and follow the job for hundreds or even thousands of miles as the pipeline’s tentacles reach out to serve energy-hungry consumers.