Alberta accounts for almost 79% of Canada’s oil production. However, the oil boom of the 80s has grown sluggish due to low oil production output and the oil price crash. NWR Sturgeon Refinery is trying to change all of that. The Sturgeon Refinery is the first refinery to be built in the last 30 years, and it’s only just completed its first phase of construction.
Blacktop Paving Inc. was more than glad to play a small, yet critical part of this journey.
NWR Sturgeon Refinery
With the oil industry is on a downturn in Alberta, NWR Sturgeon Refinery has infused new life into the industry. The Refinery is set for three phases and each phase will employ over 8,000 Albertans. The purpose of the Sturgeon Refinery is to convert bitumen, which is low crude oil, into high-quality synthetic crude oil. Sturgeon Refinery is all set to process as much as 79,000 barrels per day.
We were tasked with a crucial task of hardscaping the Central Administrative Building and the Firehall Warehouse with asphalt and concrete. The project required 14,500m2 of asphalt parking lot, 2100 lineal meters of curb and 2200m2 of concrete sidewalk and pads.
Time was a critical factor since both the Central Administrative Building and the Firehall Warehouse were essential for NWR Sturgeon Refinery to operate.
During any project, safety is always a priority to ensure that no one is injured due to the operation of heavy equipment. However, since NWR Sturgeon Refinery is deemed as a high risk industrial site, it demanded extreme and stringent safety expectations that even we weren’t adapted to.
The number of safety requirements threatened to interfere with our timeline. However, through good teamwork and coordination from site managers and employees, everyone fully embraced the stringent safety plan and stuck to it. Additional resources were assigned to this project to ensure sufficient equipment and materials were on site. A full-time HSE officer was assigned to the site and this allowed everyone to operate without getting bogged down in safety red-tape.
Even though the constant routine of the heightened safety procedure was new and tiring, the Blacktop Paving team quickly got used to it. The project was completed on time with no injury and without compromising on our high-quality work.