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Lectrus Provides Mechanical Equipment Center to Wisconsin Gas Pipeline Compressor Station

Because of its reputation to design and build fully-integrated electrical equipment centers, TransCanada awarded a multi-unit contract to Lectrus, Houston Operation.


Because of its reputation to design and build fully-integrated electrical equipment centers, TransCanada awarded a multi-unit contract to Lectrus, Houston Operation. The contract supported construction of the 6,300HP Stevens Point Compressor Station, which lies along a section of natural gas pipeline in Wisconsin operated by ANR Pipeline. ANR Pipeline, a subsidiary operating over 10,000 miles of pipelines, transports natural gas in the south central and Great Lakes areas of the United States, and connects with other natural gas pipelines to provide access to diverse sources of the North American supply.
The Lectrus contract included three walk-in, NEMA 3R enclosures to house and protect: (1) power distribution equipment; (2) drum racks; and (3) mechanical equipment. The mechanical equipment enclosure included an industrial boiler, air compressor and associated piping systems. Prior to this project, Lectrus had limited experience with “packaging” mechanical equipment. Over the past 25 years, Lectrus had focused on constructing robust metal enclosures to house and protect power distribution and generation equipment.
“Designing and installing mechanical equipment into the enclosures that we build is key to our future”, stated VP Marketing & PMO Deron Austin. “Earlier this year, we revised our mission statement to read: To be the industry leader in Management, Design, Procurement, Fabrication, Integration and Packaging of engineered products and systems addressing complex electrical and mechanical needs.”
Engineering commenced in March of 2013 and included developing a virtual 3-D model of each enclosure to verify the design functionality. The enclosure was designed to meet a 250 PSF floor loading, 400 LBS per linear foot wall load, 60 PSF roof load, and L/240 base deflection.  The design of each enclosure complied with the International Building Code, the National Electric Code, and was stamped by a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Wisconsin.  In addition, each enclosure was designed with the appropriate HVAC to provide safe and efficient operation of all equipment.   After customer approval, structural, electrical and mechanical drawings were issued to the shop to start construction. Upon completion, the industrial boiler and air compressor systems were free-issued to Lectrus, and installed in the prefabricated mechanical enclosure. Extensive piping systems were hung, along with associated fire & safety, electrical and ventilation systems. Quality assurance and factory acceptance testing by Lectrus and the customer ensured the project was completed in compliance with the specifications and ready for site installation.  The finished product was shipped from the Houston Operation to the jobsite in Wisconsin in July 2013.
About Lectrus
Lectrus Corporation is the leading electrical systems integrator in the US. They engineer, fabricate and install equipment centers, operator centers, generator enclosures, sub-base fuel tanks and other custom metal enclosures that protect complex electrical power and control systems. Lectrus works in a wide variety of business sectors—oil and gas, power, industrial, institutional, just to name a few.  The company maintains operations in Tennessee, Texas and South Dakota with facilities covering more than 50 acres and employing nearly 500 people.  For more information about Lectrus, visit


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