Two contracts have been awarded in two months for preliminary design on a natural-gas-treatment plant. Calgary, Alberta-based TransCanada Corp. awarded a contract to URS Corp., San Francisco, for a 5-billion-cu-ft-per-day plant in Prudhoe Bay. In February, a BP-ConocoPhillips joint venture tapped Fluor WorleyParsons Arctic Solutions for a similar contract. But only TransCanada has a contract with Alaska to build a North Slope pipeline.
Despite a faltering international market, 2015 and the beginning of 2016 are proving to be strong years for U.S. contractors, with steady domestic growth and only moderate strain from workforce shortages.