© Photo by Raymond Johnson
The bore machine feeding stem under a roadway.
If you have driven through Bengough in recent months, you undoubtedly noticed extra activity in the area. Causing all the commotion was Vantage Pipeline Canada ULC (Vantage) who set up shop for a few months in the normally vacant Bengough Regional Park. As summer wrapped up, the grounds of the annual Gateway Festival filled up again with campers as the Calgary-based Vantage installed a new pipeline through the area. Work has wrapped up and things will soon be back to normal.
According to Warren Peers, Finance Manager, Vantage Pipeline Canada ULC, his company‚Äôs construction inspection and survey personnel had office trailer space at this location, along with one of the contractors working for Vantage, Arnett and Burgess (A & B) Oilfield Construction Limited, who set up the construction field office and yard in Bengough. Peers reported, ‚ÄúMany of the project workers chose to use trailers and RVs as accommodation during the project and benefited from using the Bengough Regional park facilities near the field office. An actual ‚Äúconstruction camp‚ÄĚ was not established for this project.‚ÄĚ
According to Peers, while set up in Bengough, the construction section (known as a ‚Äúspread‚ÄĚ) that A&B is working on is about 100 km long, from south of Ceylon, SK to north of Willow Bunch, SK.
‚ÄúThe work on this spread was substantially completed just prior to Christmas, with valve assembly installation, pipeline testing, and some final clean up remaining for later in 2013,‚ÄĚ said Peers.
The project began in January of 2012 when the National Energy Board, whose purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade, approved the Vantage Pipeline Project.
According to the 2012 release, the $240 million project (Vantage reports all in project costs are estimated at $300 million) will carry liquid ethane from Hess Corporation‚Äôs natural gas processing plan near Tioga, North Dakota, through Saskatchewan to interconnect with the Alberta Ethane Gathering System (AEGS) near Empress, AB.
The liquid ethane transported by the pipeline will be used by Alberta‚Äôs petrochemical industry.
The energy board approved the pipeline after Vantage provided evidence that the domestic ethane supply in Alberta was declining and would continue to decline. The board was satisfied that the project would supply enough ethane and processing capacity to make the project viable.
The Canadian portion of the project will see nearly 600 kms of new high vapour pressure steel pipeline run from the Canada-U.S. border near Beaubier, Sask to Empress, AB. Approximately 500 kms of the pipeline will be within or alongside existing pipelines and road right of way.
Another contractor working for Vantage, Kidd Welding & Contracting Ltd., worked on the spread from Empress, Ab to Golden Prairie, Sk. (about 75km). Kidd‚Äôs field office and yard were at Burstall, Sk. The work on this spread was also substantially completed just prior to Christmas, with valve assembly installation, pipeline testing, and some final clean up remaining for later in 2013.
The spread from Golden Prairie to north of Willow Bunch (328 km) is contracted to M&N Construction, whose main field office is in Shaunavon, Sk. Work on the pipeline was visible alongside Willow Bunch Lake throughout fall and early winter. Construction of this spread is on-going through the winter, with work currently moving east from Shaunavon.
David Schmunk, COO of Vantage, talked about the community of Bengough, ‚ÄúThe community has been very receptive to all of the members of the construction team.
‚ÄúLocal officials were very helpful in the early stages prior to the commencement of construction by providing a variety of valuable services. Vantage would like to thank the community of Bengough for being gracious hosts to all of the workers in the area.‚ÄĚ
A contract for the fourth Canadian spread, from south of Ceylon, SK to the Canada ‚ÄĒ US border (80 km), will be awarded this spring with construction occurring during the summer and early fall of 2013. The selected contractor will determine the location of the field office and yard. Pipeline in-service is expected in the fall of 2013.