Industry Presence

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac)One of the largest and most modern pulp mills in the world. Developing additional 34 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity within the existing mill to produce green power from waste wood. 1,100 team members and full-time contractors.
Arnett & Burgess Oilfield Construction LimitedPipeline construction, custom fabrication, facility installation, pipeline integrity, maintenance and related construction services to the energy industry.
BOLD Group of CompaniesOn-site single- and multi-family residential construction as well as single- and multi-family Ready To Move dwellings.
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL)One of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers in the world, with assets in North America, the North Sea and Offshore West Africa. Operations are a mix of natural gas, light oil, heavy oil, in-situ oilsands production, oilsands mining and associated upgrading facilities.
Carillion Canada Inc.Roads management and maintenance services.
Canadian National Railway Co. (CN Rail)An international rail company providing the only rail service to Fort McMurray, with spur line to Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac).
CE Franklin Canada's leading supplier to the Canadian energy industry: managing the supply of thousands of complex products needed to build and operate oilfield facilities efficiently, including custom manufacturing to logistics management of international projects.
Cenovus EnergyA leading integrated oil company with established natural gas and crude oil production in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Also has ownership interest in two high-quality refineries in Illinois and Texas.
Clean Harbors Comprehensive ServicesLeading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services and the largest hazardous waste disposal company in North America.
Enbridge PipelinesOwns and operates Enbridge’s crude oil main line in Canada. Scheduled to construct Waupisoo Pipeline in the Alberta Energy Corridor in 2011-12. The 380-kilometre (228 mile) pipeline system will carry up to 600,000 barrels per day of oilsands crude to the company’s facility near Edmonton.
Fortis AlbertaDelivers electricity, maintains local electrical lines and poles, and meter reading.
JLG Ball EnterprisesRoad construction and maintenance, excavation, site reclamation, aggregate materials.
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.Modern, efficient sawmill that produces up to 135 million board feet per year of high-quality softwood dimensional lumber for domestic and export markets.
MSI Maintenance Solutions Inc.Natural gas compression and engine specialists, offering variety of services: equipment laser alignments, troubleshooting and diagnostics, scheduled and crash maintenance, equipment optimization, failure analysis, boroscope inspections, emissions monitoring, compressor maintenance, servicing and overhauls, emissions monitoring and upgrading, pipeline pigging.
Northgate Industries Ltd.Manufacturer of portable structures, sales, service, leasing. Camp
Installation. Operation of full turn key camps.
Northwest Fabricators Ltd.Fabrication services to unconventional oil and gas, mining, pulp and paper, energy, forestry, industrial and utility sectors in Western Canada.
Peper Logging Ltd.Forestry/oilfield salvage, pipeline clearing, logging, low bedding, camp facilities.
StatOil Canada Owns interests in 1,129 square kilometres (279,053 net acres) of oilsands leases in the Athabasca region and that are being produced using the steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) method. Parent company is StatOil of Norway.
Tri-Gen Construction Ltd.Road construction, reclamation, lease site construction and seismic lines.
ViterraGlobal agribusiness with operations in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.

Major Projects Underway in Region

Regional Water

Government of Alberta announces new regional water infrastructure, supplying to the hamlets of Grassland and Wandering River. $26 million project – Government of Alberta to support 90% of the project costs. Athabasca County to contribute the remaining 10%. Project to commence 2010.

Al-Pac – Electrical output increase from “Green” renewable sources. Planned new transmission line will have the capacity to export up to 34 megawatts of green power to the grid. With the addition of a condensing steam turbine, average output is expected at four times previous amount (formerly 10 megawatts of export)

Announcement of two major pipeline projects in the Corridor. Enbridge Pipelines and Williams Pipelines. Expected increase of workers to the region by 3,000 people over the course of two years (2011-2013).

October 25, 2012– A year after work began, the pipeline designed to bring water from the Town of Athabasca, east to Boyle, then north to Grassland and Wandering River is complete.

Athabasca County was proud to be a part of the grand opening celebration of the waterline in Wandering River last week. The design build team, County Councillors and staff, provincial representatives as well as members of the Aspen Regional Water Services Commission were on hand in the hamlet to commemorate the historic event.

Nearly 100 km, the project is the longest fusible PVC project in Canada. It was also the first design build water pipeline project.

The County would like to thank all members of the design build team, the Graham Group, Associated Engineering, Pidherney’s, Stantec Consulting and their subcontractors for planning and executing one of the largest infrastructure projects our region has ever seen.

Also thanks to Alberta Transportation, who’s 90 per cent financial contribution made the pipeline possible.

March 6, 2013– With the Grassland and Wandering River area structure plans (ASP) complete, we’re moving on to the Hamlet of Colinton.

The plan, once complete, sets the stage for future land use and development in the hamlet.

Much like last year, the process will include a number of public consultations before the ASP is incorporated into our land use by-law.

“The open houses will give us an idea of what kind of development citizens would like to see,” explained Director of Community Services Rob Hersey, adding that local citizens know their community best.

While dates have not been set, the process will include initial public meetings, followed by feedback on the draft ASP. Once finalized, th ASP will go to Council for a final public hearing and approval.

We will also be completing the Rochester ASP that was started a number of years ago.

For more information, contact Rob Hersey at 780-675-2273 or via email.

August 16, 2012– Rescue operations on the 150 km stretch of Highway 63 north of Atmore will be boosted with the implementation of a contracted road rescue service, expected to be in place by the first of September.

Council unanimously passed a motion to award the one-year pilot project contract to TransCare Rescue at their August 14 meeting.

Based out of Wandering River, the service will provide a minimum of two rescue technicians to all kinds of emergencies along the highway. As first responders, they will determine what resources are required.

The booming oilsands region has meant growing strain on volunteer fire departments struggling to keep up with increased emergency call volumes  on remote stretches of the highway.

The contract service is a unique approach to the road rescue on 63, made possible through a $500,000 grant from the provincial government.

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