Last week, the Bureau of Land Development in Nevada announced plans for a new 24-inch natural gas pipeline that will consolidate two existing lines and span from Laughlin, Nevada to the city of Henderson.

This new pipeline will address the growing demand for natural gas as well as replace outdated infrastructure with modern materials - thus improving safety and decreasing the need for maintenance.

The line will start from the Southwest Gas pressure limiting station near Laughlin and then run parallel to Highway 95 to Searchlight and into Eldorado Valley to Henderson.

This project is being organized in a phased approach, with phase one beginning just south of Searchlight and ending at the Eldorado tap. It will continue through two more phases.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, the new pipeline will take between 5-10 to construct and is expected to remain in service for 30 years.

Potential Job Opportunities

With a project of this scope, there are many types of skilled trade jobs needed when building a pipeline.

Not only are welders and their assistants expected to complete the job, but pipeline building also requires:

  • Boilermakers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Instrumentation Technicians
  • Insulators
  • Ironworkers
  • Construction Laborers
  • Millwrights
  • Operators
  • Painters
  • Scaffolders
  • Plumbers
  • Pipefitters
  • Steamfitters
  • Drivers

You can expect this new project from Laughlin to Henderson to create many pipeline jobs during its construction.

Nevada and the Petroleum Industry

Not many people think of Nevada when they think of oil-producing states, but the exploration for oil has proven successful during the past 35 years with oil fields in two of Nevada’s interior valleys presently producing oil.

Nevada’s modern era of petroleum exploration began in 1950 with the discovery of the Grant Canyon field in Railroad Valley in 1983 tripling its oil production.

Currently, Nevada has 15 small oilfields within three areas of the state.

Even with these smaller oilfields, the need for jobs in Nevada remains. From welders to drivers, and electricians to chefs, this state offers many opportunities.

Learn More About This Project

If you want to learn more about the new project from Laughlin to Henderson in Nevada, you can view the Bureau of Land Management’s plan here.