Project TypeOIL & GAS FACILITY
LocationFORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA, CANADA
Length / Hole Diameter7,000 m (4.3 miles) / 610 mm (24 in) waterline
DivisionsThe Hydrovac Company
FORT SASKATCHEWAN PLANT
LINE DISCOVERY & MAPPING
This plant has been successfully operating in Fort Saskatchewan since the 1970s. Only within the last decade have detailed as-built drawings been an industry requirement. These generational facilities provide substantial challenges when installing new pipelines.
The project involved the installation of 7 km (4.3 miles) of 610 mm (24 in) new water line. The Hydrovac Company was selected to daylight all underground utilities and hotlines.
The Hydrovac Company began by digging an exploratory trench around the entire plant perimeter. We were anticipated finding 35 lines. Instead, we identified hundreds!
This unexpected discovery meant a new action plan would need to be formulated to ensure drilling could proceed in a safe manner. The data provided by The Hydrovac Company helped PME make an informed decision.
A new strategy was in place. The Hydrovac Company chased a crisscrossing network of lines across the property to determine where they were going. We provided detailed documentation of all line locations and depths (including photos) as part of our due diligence.
Our crews supported the HDD component of the project by confirming the depth of rods and reamers and provide site holes for visual verification of the bore path. In addition, our hydrovac trucks were used to manage the transportation of all fluid associated with the boring project.