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719582013coaltransportationandhandlingprojectsincludingcoalslurrypipelinestrainandrailloadingandunloadingfacilitiestrans-shipmentterminalsandminesitehandlingfacilities.In1981GulfInterstateandTheAppalachianCompanywouldformGulfInterstateCoalInvestmentstoinvestinacoalmineinBooneCountyWestVirginia.PipelineprojectscontinuedintheU.S.andabroad.ThecompanyworkedwithanEnglishengineeringandconstructiongrouptomakeaproposaltotheRussiangovernmentforthedesignandconstructionofa2200-mileSovietammoniapipelineanddistributionsystem.TheStrategicPetroleumReserveStorageProgramIn1976GulfInterstateEngineeringCompanysignedacontractwiththeFederalEnergyAdministrationnowtheDepartmentofEnergytoserveastheexecutivearchitectengineerfortheFederalGovernmentsEarlyStrategicPetroleumReserveProgramandprovidetheoverallconceptualdesignforallearlystoragefacilitiesactingastheFEAsprimaryconsultant.InthisroleGulfInterstateEngineeringCompanywasresponsiblefortheengineeringconceptsofundergroundstoragepipelinesandmarinefacilitiesrequiredatselectedlocations.ThepurposeofthePetroleumReserveProgramwastominimizetheimpacttothenationseconomyandsecuritycausedbyanyinterruptionoftheowofimportedcrudeoil.MarkJ.MillardChairmanoftheBoardpassesaway.TheBoardelectsHaroldS.GeneenChairman.MarkR.WellmanisnamedChairmanoftheBoard.LouisF.CraneisnamedPresidentandChiefExecutiveOfcer.AcquirescapitalstockofErconCorporationincreasingthescaleoftheErosionControlsegment.GulfInterstateEngineeringinstallsber-opticcableforU.S.Sprint.19841986198519861976AnnualReportIllustrationerecentoilembargogeneratedconsiderableinterestonthepartofgovernmentandindustryinstandbyenergystorageforcrudeoilandrenedproducts.Coupledwiththehistoricallyincreasingdemandfortidewaterstoragefacilitiesthisinteresthasplacednewprioritiesonthecompanysdevelopmentofadditionalwaterterminalfacilities.MarkMillardChairman1973