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Northwest Redwater Sturgeon Refinery

Sturgeon, Alberta

Aecon completed the fabrication and installation of modules and piping for two of the refinery’s units. 

Scope included:

  • Unit 20-LC-Finer – pipe and module assembly (contract with Fluor)
  • Unit 80 – U and O pipe rack and flare area – pipe fabrication and module assembly, site installation (contract with Northwest)

The order for 344 modules involved more than 2,000 employees and was the largest fabrication project in Aecon Industrial’s history at the time.

VALUE
$339 million

START DATE
2014

COMPLETION
2016

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194
MODULES FOR UNIT 20

149
MODULES FOR UNIT 80

100K
TOTAL METRES OF PIPE

2,000
EMPLOYEES ON-SITE AT PEAK

Aecon Industrial’s pipe module fabrication facility in Sherwood Park has two yards, about a kilometre apart that cover more than 142 acres. The two fabrication shops can produce 600,000 diameter-inches of welds a year while the module yards can assemble up to 200 modules at a time. 

Aecon Industrial’s facilities in Cambridge, Ontario fabricate pipe spools (prefabricated pipe for installation in the field) which was instrumental in securing the contract. Aecon Industrial provided pipe modules for two of the refineries units – 149 modules for Unit 80 and 194 modules for Unit 20. Unit 80 included the utilities and offsite support facilities and the flare stack. Unit 20, the LC-Finer, was a highly sophisticated unit that uses hydrogen and a catalyst bed to break down the bitumen and produce diesel, kerosene and naphtha. It is the key production unit for the refinery.

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