A massive pipeline dredger was dredged off the coast of Florida, and a new tool is helping keep the pipeline from spilling.
The United States Coast Guard’s Puddle Shield dredging tool will allow workers to drill through an 8,000-foot-long pipeline without damaging the bottom.
The dredging company is using it to help the dredging project to the Florida coast, and it is currently being used to help move some of the pipeline’s concrete to the port of St. Augustine, Florida, where it will be filled with sand.
The pipeline has been under construction for more than three years, and when it is completed it will carry about 9 billion gallons of crude oil and natural gas, to the St. Johns River Delta in central Florida.
The company is planning to build a pipeline that will be able to transport as much as 10 billion gallons per day of crude and natural, to a new oil field in Alabama.
The St. John River Delta is a large oil and gas region that spans a stretch of Florida’s Gulf Coast, from the Gulf of Mexico to Alabama and Florida’s Atlantic coast.
The project is expected to take at least 20 years, according to the Department of the Interior.