Top Projects 2011: Industrial/Winner

TFT Barge and Walkway Construction

This year's submission by Canadian Dewatering L.P. of its TFT Barge and Walkway Construction project is among the most unique submissions Alberta Construction Magazine has received during the 10-year history of the Top Projects Awards.

In effect, the Edmonton-based company is constructing floating factories to tackle one of the toughest challenges oilsands producers face: speedier reclamation of tailings ponds. Tailings are a mixture of fine clay, sand, water and the residual bitumen that is produced through oilsands extraction.

Suncor Energy Inc. awarded a contract to Canadian Dewatering to design, engineer, procure, fabricate, construct, commission and turn over three TFT-short for thin fine tailings-barges. The barges have 12,000-horsepower engines, giving them capacity to pump 140,000 gallons per minute (total). They will represent the largest industrial pumping system in western Canada. The footprint of these barges will be in excess of 4,200 square feet and will weigh over 1.5 million pounds, the company says.

Canadian Dewatering is no stranger to oilsands operations, providing fluid management services to major oilsands mining players as well as to the many supporting industry suppliers within the region.

Suncor recently selected the company as the main contractor for deployment of its TRO tailings management technology.

Canadian Dewatering stressed the partnerships that resulted between all parties, especially the vendors and subcontractors, made execution of the project possible.

"Engineering and designing systems for new technologies, such as TFT, is always challenging," says Ian Ross, the company's vice-president of product support, "but we are executing successfully within aggressive timelines."

To be sure, the project has involved considerable logistical challenges and a widespread network of suppliers providing everything from pumps (from the United States), to hulls (from the United States and Mexico) and motors (Taiwan), and much more.

Considerable fabrication took place in western Canada with the components moved to Fort McMurray, Alta., for assembly. All told, more than 300 truckloads of materials will have been delivered to the jobsite when the project is officially wrapped up this winter and, to date, there have been no hours lost to injuries.

The engineering subcontractor was Temec Engineering Group Ltd. (All disciplines). The mechanical subcontractor was Bunch Welding Limited and the electrical subcontractor was Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd.

Other companies involved in this project were:

Action Express
Black Gold Hotshot Service Inc.
Grimshaw Trucking L.P.
Manitoulin Transport Inc.
Millcreek Motor Freight LP
Mullen Trucking LP
Network FOB Inc.
Reimer Express Lines Ltd.
Robby's Tractor-Trailer Services Ltd.
Site Direct
Sure Shot Hotshot & Pilot Services
Tenold Transportation LP
Trans Tech
Tri-Line Carriers LP

Academy Fabricators Inc.
ACE Industrial Services
Acuren Group Inc.
Bradken Limited
Brytex Building Systems Inc.
Canadian Oilsands Construction Ltd.
Carmacks Enterprises
Choice Services
Connelly Industrial Insulation Ltd.
Copp's Service Inc.
Magna IV Engineering
Moody International Ltd.
Mountain West Inspections
Myshak Crane & Rigging Ltd.
Myshak Sales & Rentals Ltd.
Premay Equipment LP
Safetech Consulting Group Ltd.
Team Industrial Services
Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd.
Temec Engineering Group Ltd.
Terr-Dack-Darl Projects & Inspections Ltd.

Acklands Grainger Inc.
ADI Sales
Apex Distribution Inc.
Burrard Iron Works
CiDRA Oilsands Ltd.
Comco Pipe & Supply Co
Commander Warehouse Equipment
Continental Sales & Rentals Ltd.
Corix Water Products
Delcan Products Ltd
Edvan Grating
Ellicott Dredges LLC
Engineered Air
Fort McMurray Home Hardware
GIW Industries, Inc
Godwin Pumps of America Inc.
Gregg Distributors Ltd.
Hayley Industrial Electronics Ltd.
Honeywell Canada
John Brooks Company Ltd.
Kaman Industrial Technologies
Kasco Marine, Inc.
Konecranes Canada Inc.
KTI Limited
Lafarge Canada Inc.
Lakehead Inc.
Lewyk Lodge Ventures
Merit Hotel
Mine Cable Services Corporation
Mobility Central
National Oilwell Varco
Nelson Environmental Inc.
New Line Products Ltd.
North Cariboo Air
Northern Steel Limited
Northwest Fabricators
Peacock, a division of Kinecor
Polar Pipe and Fittings
R. C. Moffat Supply Limited
Rotonics Colorado
Saddle Tech Inc
Sandale Utility Products
Sherwin Williams
Siemens Canada Limited
SignCraft Digital
Skeans Engineering & Machinery Ltd.
Spruceland Lumber
Summit Valves and Controls Ltd.
Supreme Steel Ltd
Teco Westinghouse
The Bolt Supply House Ltd.
Tredd Insurance
Tridon Communications
Trotter & Morton Technical Services Ltd.
United Rentals of Canada, Inc.
Wesco Distribution
Western Air & Power Ltd.
Willbros Canada

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