As the ambitious undertaking of the new The Alberta Products Pipe Line Ltd. (APPL) Replacement Project comes to a close—a massive project that involved the installation of approximately 320 km of new pipelines to transport oil and gas —Trans-Northern Pipeline Inc. and Pipeworx Ltd. (pipeline construction contractor) celebrated with field crews and technicians who contributed 3 million man-hours without a lost time incident.
The celebratory event was a barbecue steak dinner provided by Pipeworx Ltd. that reflected the size of the project—360 cooked steaks for 342 hungry workers. The project peaked at 850 personnel during winter construction.
Barry Ringrose, Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. Project Manager, was pleased and noted in a letter about the project’s progress: “This is a great milestone and deserves recognition by everyone involved…”
Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. (TNPI) carries refined fuel products such as gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel throughout Canada. The APPL Replacement Project was broken into 6 ‘spreads’ (separate projects) of which Pipeworx Ltd. (a PLH Group Company) completed spreads 2, 3, & 4 —a total of 277 kilometers.
The mission was to supplant the existing pipeline with a new pipeline from the Edmonton Transportation and Utility Corridor (E-TUC) continuing to the Calgary Transportation and Utility Corridor (C-TUC) to ensure the continued safe transportation of refined petroleum products to terminals located at the Calgary International Airport and the Shepard Industrial area.
In addition to the recent dinner celebration, each month during construction, Pipeworx Ltd. hosted safety meetings with the 800+ crew members, subcontractors and construction engineers involved working on the project. Accolades were from both Pipeworx Ltd. and Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. and included a mixture of safety performance awards and recognition of acts of safety or blue cards turned in.
Equally involved were the many people who planned and executed the recent recognition dinner. Brendan Gillam (inset), who works for Pipeworx, has been on this project since it started and assisted his father (President of Pipeworx Ltd.) Kelly Gillam with the barbequing and cooking portion for the event.
The diner truck and trailer—used as a kitchen and service area—was built internally by Pipeworx Ltd. specifically to host crew events, as well as other outside marketing opportunities.
Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. handed out custom back packs created for everyone in attendance, contributing to an afternoon that was a huge success, mirroring the project as a whole.
As the APPL pipeline winds down to its scheduled and triumphant completion, it is something every person who planned, designed, executed, or was involved with, can look back on and remember as a safe & quality job well-done for decades to come.
Not a simple feat, feeding 342 Pipeliner’s at a recent Trans-Northern Pipeline Inc. construction project completion celebration. Pipeworx pulled it off without a hitch!
“A chip off the ole’ block” says President Kelly Gillam of his son mimicking his image.
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