Willbros provides engineering, procurement, EPC, project management, integrity and field services to the oil and gas and electric utility industries. Our history of managing and executing complex projects has positioned us to be a full-service provider in the emerging integrity market.
We specialize in providing engineering services to assist clients in designing, engineering and constructing or expanding pipeline systems, compressor stations, pump stations, fuel storage facilities and field gathering and production facilities. We have developed expertise in addressing the unique engineering challenges involved with pipeline systems and associated facilities. Our expertise extends to the engineering of a wide range of project peripherals, including various types of support buildings and utility systems, power generation and electrical transmission, communications systems, fire protection, water and sewage treatment, water transmission, roads and railroad sidings.
We also provide project management, engineering and material procurement services to the refining industry and government agencies, including chemical/process, mechanical, civil, structural, electrical instrumentation/controls and environmental engineering.
In addition to capital projects, we also offer our considerable infrastructure construction expertise to clients through our integrity offerings including program management, engineering and field services. We provide full-service integrity management program offerings including program development, data services, risk analysis, corrosion evaluation, integrity engineering and integrity construction services.
We partnered with Google to provide a cloud-based pipeline lifecycle integrity management solution. Integra LinkTM utilizes Google’s geospatial technology platform to transform the way oil and gas pipeline companies visualize and utilize their data and information. Integra Link TM is jointly marketed by Willbros and Google and we believe the system will become the standard in pipeline integrity management.
Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects can often yield profit margins on the engineering and construction components consistent with stand-alone contracts for similar services. In performing EPC contracts, we participate in numerous aspects of a project and are, therefore, able to improve the efficiency of the design, permitting, procurement and construction sequence for a project in connection with making engineering and constructability decisions.
EPC contracts enable us to deploy our resources more efficiently and capture those efficiencies in the form of improved margins on the engineering and construction components of these projects, at the same time optimizing the overall project solution and execution for the client. While EPC contracts carry lower margins for the procurement component, the increased control over all aspects of the project, coupled with competitive market margins for engineering and construction portions makes these types of contracts attractive to us and, we believe, to our customers.
The refining and petrochemical industries strive to minimize costs through operating efficiencies and hiring experienced process engineering as needed. It is often more cost-effective to engage a contractor to oversee and manage the planning, engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of new capacity additions, revamps or new process units to support the need to meet new refining or manufacturing specifications. Our experience and capability covers the breadth of all process units in both refineries and petrochemical plants, allowing us to offer clients a single source solution for expansion and revamp programs. We seek to do this in the most efficient, competitive manner and supply both our own personnel and the supplemental services of other contractors as needed.
Contact Voltage and Gas Leak Detection
Our crews test for contact voltage and gas leaks in areas where these problems are suspected. Contact voltage typically arises through a failure of the grounding of electrical equipment and may result in injury to the public. Similarly, gas leaks often occur as a result of the deterioration of gas distribution infrastructure.
Our crews locate underground electric power, hydrocarbon, telecom, water, cable and sewer utilities prior to excavation. Our locating services often require a physical visit to the location whereby our employees will locate and mark utility infrastructure. In other cases we are able to provide the excavating party a clearance to dig without having to physically visit the location.