Articles & Case Studies


Posted: Monday 25th November 2019

MGD Civil Engineering is a leading contractor in the water and gas sector in Ireland. Located in Mullingar the company operates in both Ireland & the UK providing a range of specialist services varying from Gas Feeder Main Pipelines, Water Rehabilitation projects and Horizontal Directional Drilling.

Thanks to its innovative approach, the company has partnered with several organisations to deliver services for companies such as Gas Networks Ireland, Phoenix Natural Gas & SGN. One project undertaken on behalf of McNicholas was only achieved with the help of a GRUNDODRILL 18ACS from TRACTO-TECHNIK UK. MGD stepped in at the request of McNicholas after the project – the installation of a PE gas main underneath a river crossing in Crossgar, NI - proved to be difficult for conventional directional drilling techniques using jetting due to the changing ground conditions. In consultation with the team at TRACTO-TECHNIK UK, a site survey was undertaken to establish the ground conditions and a demonstration machine (18ACS) was hired, complete with rods and drill heads, which efficiently drilled through the hard rock present. The gas pipe was successfully installed in just two days.

Impressed with the capabilities of the GRUNDODRILL 18ACS, MGD purchased the unit to prepare for upcoming contracts and it has since been successfully deployed on a project to bring natural gas to the brand new Center Parcs development in Longford Forest. Working for GMC Utilities Group on behalf of GNI, MGD successfully undertook a HDD River Crossing of 400mm PE Gas Pipe through challenging hard limestone in Tang, Co.Westmeath.

Another challenging river crossing was completed in the summer of 2019 in Omagh Co .Tyrone for Kier Group working on behalf of SGN. This crossing was one of the final elements of the newly laid gas distribution network in Omagh and was key to ensure that the Omagh Hospital was connected to a Natural Gas supply. The 18ACS was specifically chosen to complete this crossing after a site inspection identified the presence of a trong reddish brown sandstone. The overall crossing from mobilisation to completion was carried out over the period of one week without any complications.

Matt Corrigan. Site Agent for MGD Civil Engineering, worked with the TRACTO-TECHNIK UK team to specify the GRUNDODRILL 18ACS. He is hugely impressed by the machine’s capabilities as are the customers who benefit from its productivity and efficiency;

“The 18ACS has enabled MGD to undertake some of the more complex rock HDD’s and has greatly decreased the completion time. This in turn has reduced the impact on the communities where we undertake our work and enables us to offer greater value to customers. It’s a fantastic piece of equipment.” Normal 0 false false false DE X-NONE X-NONE

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