Surerus Pipeline Inc. is working at the Long Lake Kinosis project installing three 10km pipelines, two of which use thermal traced technology, using Volvo construction equipment.
Just south of Fort McMurray, 60 km west of the Saskatchewan border, the province of Alberta is recognized as the oil capital of Canada. Alberta contains nearly all of Canada’s oil-sands (crude bitumen) and much of its conventional oil reserves, accounting for 98% of the country’s entire production. Today, most of Canada’s petroleum production – approximately 283,000 m3
a day – is exported, making Canada the largest single source of oil imports into the US.
Surerus Pipeline Inc., one of Canada’s major pipeline companies, is strategically located in the heartland of Canada’s oil and gas exploration industry. The company recently won the Long Lake Kinosis project contract from giant energy developer, Nexen Canada – a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC – China’s largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas. Nexen employs 3,200 people worldwide, developing energy resources globally and has been producing crude oil from bitumen since 2009.
The $6.1 billion (EUR 5 billion) Long Lake Kinosis project is located at one of Nexen’s integrated Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) bitumen recovery sites and upgrading operations. Long Lake has a production capacity of an estimated 72,000 barrels of oil a day and work is underway to increase its bitumen production.
The particulars of this project includes the installation of three pipelines, two of which use thermal traced Pipe-In-Pipe (PIP) technology designed and provided by French company, InTerPipe (ITP).The three pipes consist of one outbound hot fluids 16-inch pipe inside a 20-inch pipe used to transport fluids from Kinosis to Long Lake, one 12-inch pipe inside a 16- inch pipe that transports boiler feed water from Long Lake to Kinosis (known as the recovery line), and one standard oil pipe – all running about 10 km in length. This thermal technology is primarily used for lay barges, subsea pipelines and land-to-sea pipelines.
The method requires the production of insulated pipe to be custom fabricated and assembled onsite, or at ITP’s facility, so the pipe line can be pieced together. In this instance, Surerus built a new 2,787 m2
) building in Gibbons, Alberta, just to manage the assembly of the pipes. Because the pipe-in-pipe lines are twice as heavy and cannot be bent or roped in the traditional way, the trench must be dug much deeper in certain places. For this deeper trenching, Surerus purchased a Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) EC700C excavator that handles trenching, mass excavation, quarry loading, rock-face stripping, mining, earthmoving and material loading