It all started in 2014.
Our story starts in 2014 under the leadership of two family-owned construction companies – Canada’s Surerus Pipeline Inc. and the UK & Ireland’s J. Murphy & Sons Ltd.
Together, our parent organizations have over a century of experience building critical infrastructure on a global stage. They provide our joint venture with access to subject matter experts, technology, and advanced processes.
Both parent companies are family-owned and rooted in family values, and so are we. We believe in doing great work while doing it respectfully, with collaboration and kindness. These are traits we pass on to our clients. We are loyal to our workforce and focused on customer service.
two great companies. one team.
Surerus pipeline inc.
J. Murphy & Sons
In 1951, John Murphy established J. Murphy & Sons Limited (”Murphy”). Initially working on post-war regeneration projects, the focus soon switched to specialist reconstruction of the country’s electrical infrastructure, including work on the growing GPO telephone cable network.
Groundhog Enterprises completes its first pipeline project for Union Oil near Fort St. John, B.C. in 1971.
Brian finds that pipeline installation is more interesting than maintenance and he changes the company name to Surerus Construction & Development Ltd.
Between 1972 – 1979, Surerus Construction & Development continued to pursue pipeline opportunities throughout British Columbia, eventually expanding into northwest Alberta.
The next chapter witnessed more Murphy milestones. A second head office appeared on Holloway Road in London.
A pioneering role in a solid waste compacting system for local authorities was followed by the transfer of techniques from cable laying into gas – a combination of civil and mechanical engineering disciplines.
A new multi-storey office was built in London’s Highbury Corner with the adjacent old office let on a long lease.
In 1982, Surerus Pipeline Inc. is incorporated and continues to pursue pipeline opportunities throughout B.C. and Alberta.
While the National Energy Program guts the oil patch, Surerus Pipeline Inc. owns its own land and equipment and avoids the sting of rising interest rates. Being small and nimble allows Surerus Pipeline Inc. to succeed in a challenging economy.
This was a decade of rapid growth and saw the start of tunnelling work. Through the late 70’s and 80’s, Murphy’s Pipelines Division became a major player in large-diameter cross-country pipelines, including, in 1982-83, constructing the 52 km 42” onshore gas pipeline connecting the Morecambe Bay terminal at Barrow to the National Grid at Lupton, UK.
Brian invests in the Grizzly Truck prototype in 1992 at a logging equipment show in Vancouver. Unfortunately, only 13 trucks were ever built and one remained in the Surerus Pipeline Inc. fleet.
The Brazion Pipeline Project was completed in 1995 the challenging Sukunka area near Chetwynd, B.C.. The project won the International Erosion Control Association’s Environmental Achievement Award.
Murphy built some of the most complex building and engineering projects in the UK during this decade and beyond.
The company spent time consolidating its tunnelling project expertise in the UK, sinking one of the shafts in the London/Thames water ring main tunnel in Park Lane.
Murphy’s activity in the West End of London won the coveted British Construction Industries Civil Engineer Award in 1994. Further underground activity saw the start of horizontal directional drilling for trenchless drilling up to 2 km.
Surerus Pipeline Inc. installs the cross-border Ekwan Pipeline from near Fort Nelson in 2002, B.C. toward Rainbow Lake, Alberta.
The 83 km of NPS 24 pipeline is the largest project completed by Surerus Pipeline Inc. up to this time. Brian’s dream of large-diameter pipeline construction becomes more realistic with the purchase of three 583T and four 587T sidebooms.
Today, Surerus Pipeline Inc. owns more than 50 587Ts. Also in 2008 an opportunity to purchase 37 acres of land in Gibbons, Alberta arises, and a long-term development plan is established.
A joint venture with Hochtief involved twin tunnels under the Thames for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link connecting Britian and France.
Then in 2001/2002, Murphy undertook a joint venture in Norway with Viedekkem that was awarded a three year framework by United Utilities to a joint venture of Kier, Murphy and Interserve to deliver the asset management prgramme, a multi-million contract since extended to 2015.
After being told that Surerus Pipeline Inc. would never complete a “big-inch” pipeline, in 2011 Spectra Energy’s N5 to CS5 Fort Nelson Loop (25 km of NPS 42) was completed using mechanized welding.
With an interest in above-ground pipelines, Surerus Pipeline Inc. purchases its first Volvo Pipelayer in 2013. Today, Surerus has the largest fleet of this type of equipment in North America.
After decades of innovation, experience and hectic activity, Murphy becomes the top pipeline company in the UK.
In support of this, the company builds on its success in major tunnelling projects by securing involvement in the £200m Plumstead to North Woolwich section of the Crossrail Tunnel Project in the UK – continuing the working relationship with Hochtief Solutions AG.
Surerus Pipeline Inc. and J. Murphy & Sons form Surerus Murphy Joint Venture