This project was to extend Suncor’s powerline to the Steepbank Mining Area and provide power requirements to the newly acquired electric driven mining shovels. This involved the construction of a 1.2 km wood pole 3-phase 72 kV powerline and installation of two-unit modular shovel substation. The transmission line component consisted of thirteen wood pole structures, two of which were equipped with an airbrake switch and one structure with a back to back airbrake switch.
In November 2004, CANA Utilities was awarded the work of Prime Contractor as a result of our outstanding performance on numerous other Suncor powerline projects. The work covers EPC of the transmission line and substations. In order to meet its target completion date of July 2005, the services of several Suncor approved subcontractors were utilized. The engineering portion was subcontracted to SNC-Lavalin ATP, which also included the procurement of materials. Geo-technical investigation was undertaken by AMEC and survey work was conducted by USW Survey Co. The supervision and installation work was undertaken by CANA Utilities own workforce, equipment and resources.
The project was completed ahead of schedule in May 2005 and can be attributed to the excellent teamwork of the CANA Utilities crew and supervisors, coupled with the strong support of the management team.