Project History

Pipelines

Lacombe, AB Cold Bed Methane Gathering System | NAL Resources

In 2008, SPL underwent a 2-year pipeline and facility project installing a cold bed methane gathering system 80 kilometres in length, complete with header systems and two 1500 HP compressors. We utilized varying sizes of pipelines, from 16’ down to 6” in diameter, composed of high-density polyethylene and steel materials. SPL pipeliners worked steadily throughout all four seasons, encountering challenges ranging from prevalent winds to frigid arctic temperatures. Work was conducted with environmental sensitivity to the surrounding rolling farmlands of central Alberta. SPL called upon neighboring First Nations people to collaborate efforts on this oilfield industry project.

Bashaw, AB | Cordero Energy

In 2006, SPL executed a 2-year pipeline installation project for Cordero Energy in Bashaw, AB. The pipeline installed was approximately 70 kilometres in length, with diameters ranging from 12″ down to 4″, complete with compression system. As the project carried SPL through Bashaw’s farmlands, we worked to ensure minimal environmental disturbance in this remote location. The project also consisted of completing an 800-metre directionally drilled lake crossing, which was drilled underneath Red Deer Lake in Alberta. As always, SPL involved local First Nations and Métis in our ventures.

Wetaskiwin, AB | Nexen Inc.

In the summer of 2008, SPL completed a 60-kilometre HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipeline project just outside of Wetaskiwin, AB for Nexen. The project was a success, as it was carried out in a timely manner, to Nexen’s detailed specifications. As a direct result of our demonstrated adeptness in successfully completing this project, Nexen continues to work with and rely upon SPL for projects throughout all of Alberta.

Hinton, AB to Grande Cache, AB | Talisman Energy

From 2007 through 2010, SPL worked for Talisman Energy from Hinton, Alberta, to the Grande Cache region installing pipes of varying sizes totaling 45 kilometres. We demonstrated efficiency while encountering rocky conditions and extreme weather situations. Despite rough terrain that entailed numerous environmentally sensitive water crossings, SPL excelled due to our preparedness, coordination, and communication.

Keg River, AB | Provident Energy

SPL was awarded this facility project in November 2008, which entailed the installation of multi well crude oil batteries, complete with 6 x 750 BBL tanks, VRU (Vapour Recovery Unit), treater, FWKO (Free-Water Knockout), and an 8” group inlet header and inlet separator. We also completed a 22 kilometre x 8” steel mainline to supply crude oil to the battery. SPL fulfilled this project on time in the winter of 2009, in the face of harsh climate conditions and remote access. We also had to undertake extensive muskeg terrain, and operate around the caribou migration. The pipeline portion of the project involved strict deadlines, and SPL delivered ahead of schedule. SPL commissioned local First Nations and Métis groups to assist with execution and completion of the project.

Heavy Civil Hydro

Bone Creek, BC | Canadian Projects Ltd.

In the summer of 2010, SPL completed a hydroelectric project in that consisted of installing 2.5 kilometres of penstock 7’ diameter pipeline. Despite encountering extreme mountainous terrain and a great deal of diverse wildlife, the project was completed on time. As a result of our diligence in adhering to numerous safety measures, the project was carried out entirely incident-free. SPL involved individuals from local First Nations communities to work in conjunction with our qualified personnel for this project.

Kananaskis, AB | TransAlta Corporation

Spirit Pipelines was awarded prime contractor in September 2011 for penstock installation of an 11’ pipe in Kananaskis, a milestone project for us. We are self-performing the entirety of the project in-house.
The project is to be completed at the Pocaterra Hydro Plant, which is located on the Kananaskis River, approximately 100 kilometres southwest of Calgary, and entirely within the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Given the environmentally sensitive nature of completing a project in Peter Loughheed Provincial Park, we are going out of our way to ensure environmental effects are minimized, and adapting our safety program to meet the needs of the project.
Construction will involve the installation of a new, low pressure replacement pipeline parallel to the existing pipeline. The new pipeline will be connected at each end to the existing steel pipe emerging from the downstream face of the Main Dam, and to the existing steel pipe immediately upstream of the surge tower above the high pressure penstock and powerhouse. The existing low pressure woodstave and steel pipework will be removed and disposed of, and the new pipework will be buried.
SPL is continuously overcoming numerous obstacles throughout this project. With weather factors, sensitive terrain, and one of the highest bear populations in Canada, Kananaskis presents various challenges that we are strategically managing on a daily basis.

Facility

Keg River, AB | Provident Energy

SPL was awarded this facility project in November 2008, which entailed the installation of multi well crude oil batteries, complete with 6 x 750 BBL tanks, VRU (Vapour Recovery Unit), treater, FWKO (Free-Water Knockout), and an 8” group inlet header and inlet separator. We also completed a 22 kilometre x 8” steel mainline to supply crude oil to the battery. SPL fulfilled this project on time in the winter of 2009, in the face of harsh climate conditions and remote access. We also had to undertake extensive muskeg terrain, and operate around the caribou migration. The pipeline portion of the project involved strict deadlines, and SPL delivered ahead of schedule. SPL commissioned local First Nations and Métis groups to assist with execution and completion of the project.

Conklin, AB | Laricina Energy Ltd.

For Laricina Energy, SPL supplied a specialized construction crew for module tie-in, maintenance, and commissioning of a Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Facility. This project was carried out on time, to our client’s specifications, despite harsh winter conditions in an isolated location. We exercised established safety protocol, and maintained minimal environmental disturbance throughout the entirety of the project. SPL engaged First Nations contractors in local communities to work in conjunction with our team to project completion.

Customers Include

  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited
  • Crocotta Energy Inc.
  • Nexen Inc.
  • TransAlta Corporation
  • Canadian Projects Limited
  • Laricina Energy Ltd.
  • Pace Oil & Gas Ltd.
  • Talisman Energy Inc.
  • Nal Energy Corporation
  • Ember Resources Ltd.