Our MLTC Vice Chief’s Richard Derocher & Lawrence McIntyre ignite the Combustion Chamber fire 🔥. Things are progressing very quickly here at the BioEnergy Centre!
RobWel: Assemble conveyor components, Complete ESP stair deficiencies, Install Gantrex rail, Reinstate expansion tank, Reinstate pump 1 & 2, Ongoing install of PSV piping at ORC, Air test complete, Hydro complete, Fill/Drain ongoing
Techmation: Cutting and terminating cables at ORC MCC, Pulled medium voltage panel, Tying ACC fans into skid, Installing cable on pipe bridge, Install low voltage switch gear on TOP Ehouse
OneOFive: Forms for containment slab, Tying rebar at HOG & containment slab, Gantrex install, rebar at Kiln
CAW: TOP deficiencies, Commission shot steel system, ID fan commissioning, TOP oversight
Thomas: Have completed insulation on, base tank, cooling tank & multi cyclone, gas flue outlet & ducting ongoing
OneOFive: Working on deficiencies on the Hog Fuel Bin. Pouring the Control Room curb at the Kiln.
RobWel: Working on deficiencies on the TOP (Thermal Oil Plant). Rerouting of the Fill Drain piping. Unloading trucks (Grinder and glycol piping). Hydro test preparation at the TOP. Installing HV Circuit Breaker frame in the Substation.
Techmation: Grounding on the Substation fence. Pulling cables and terminating in the ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) Turbine Hall. Working on deficiencies on the TOP.
CAW: Preparing for motor bumps on the TOP.
Thomas Kanata: Off site for most of the week.
OneOFive: Compacting and backfilling around to Cyclopentane tank. Grading of dirt inside the Hog Fuel Bin. Installing Kiln curb forms.
RobWel: Welding drain piping on the Pipe Bridge. Welding pipe at the Kiln. Hydrovacing at the Kiln to expose 30” pipe. Pull glycol lines through 30” pipe at the Kiln. Walk down vent piping. Starting the Lube Oil flush.
Techmation: Installing light fixtures on the TOP. Working on punches on the TOP.
CAW: Loop checking and programing in the TOP E-House.
Thomas Kanata: Installing scaffolding on the west side of the TOP. Installing insulation at the Emergency Cooler.
Techmation: Pulling cables into the Turbine Hall from the MCC Room. Installing light fixtures on the TOP. Installing nitrogen tubing on the TOP. Installing the temp power and generator. Cutting cables in at the Substation.
OneOFive: Compacting around to Cyclopentane tank. Installing concrete forms at the Hog Fuel Bin. Cutting the north Kiln slab for removal. Removing concrete forms in the Grinder area.
CAW: Loop checking and programing in the TOP E-House.
Thomas Kanata: Installing scaffolding on the west side of the TOP. Installing insulation at the TOP Base Tank.
RobWel: Working on the Inhalation piping. Welding 4” pipe on the Pipe Bridge. Welding pipe at the Kiln.
The Mühlböck crew continues to install the kiln exterior and roof elements (above).
RobWel: Installing spools on the Pipe Bridge. Installing heater platforms. Working on the Inhalation piping.
Techmation: Cutting in cables on the TOP area. Cutting in cables at the MCC Room. Dressing and terminating cables at the Infeed Bunker. Working on the grading at the Substation.
OneOFive: Backfilling around to Cyclopentane tank.
CAW/Hausot: Off site.
Thomas Kanata: Installing scaffolding on the TOP mezzanine for the primary ducting.
The Thomas Kanata crew mobilized to site and began to install scaffolding.
OneOFive: Welding plates and installing void form at the Grinder area. Concrete form removal at the Kiln. Excavating across the access road at the Kiln. Installation of the drainage lines across the access road at the Kiln.
RobWel: Building the NCG skid enclosure. Field installation of the Lube Oil Piping in the ORC. Small bore installation around the ORC and ACC. Starting Pipe Bridge steel. Working on insulation of glycol piping.
Techmation: Cutting in cables in the MCC Room. Cable pull and cutting cables in at the TOP and E-House. Installation of conduits at the Kiln. Valard is currently working in the substation.
CAW/Hausot Masonry: Nearing the end of the refractory installation.
RobWel: Installing Fuel Infeed moving floor and conveyor sections (fuel bunker), welding on the ACC headers. Installing inside platform, mall bore piping (Drain Line & Inhalation) in the ORC building.
Hausot Masonry & Heating (HMH): Working on the refractory inside the CAW Combustor chamber.
OneOFive Construction: Pouring concrete at the Substation, clean up forms, burlap (wet cure), and concrete etc. at the Kiln area.
Techmation Electric: Cable pulling at the Thermal Oil Plant, grounding of the Substation rebar, landing cables and terminating in the MCC Room.
OneOFive Construction: The crew poured a small concrete slab @ the kiln location, they also poured one of the two outside silo walls.
Hausot Masonry & Heating (HMH): The crew is offsite this week but will continue to install refractory in the combustion chamber upon their return.
RobWel: Installed small bore piping in the ORC Building. Continued welding on the ACC headers and small bore supports. Worked on the piping punch list for the TOP.
Techmation Electric: Installed ground and conduits at the Kiln. Pulled cables on the TOP. Cut cables into the MCC of the ORC Building. Moved equipment into the MCC Room.
Hausot Masonry & Heating (HMH):
Poured their first pallet of refractory earlier in the week.
Crews continued to weld and install piping this week.
Installed rebar and set up forms on both the Silo and ORC areas. Concrete was poured in the ORC building later in the week.
Installed cable, trays, and grounding in various locations on site.
Techmation: Built tray/brackets on the TOP. Installed cable tray and supports under the ACC. Currently working on the tray from the MCC Room to the ACC. Conduit installation in the ORC Control Room.
RobWel Constructors: Installed piping in the Turbine Hall, Regen, and ACC areas. Pipestrain/welding of 56” inlet pipe for the turbine. Installed the ACC cover sheets. Installed the small-bore piping in the ORC. Installed the T-Bar ceiling in the Control Room. Standing steel at the ESP.
Hausot Masonry & Heating: Off site for a couple of weeks.
OneOFive Construction: Installed screw piles in the Grinder area. Built & installed some concrete forms in the Kiln area.
Techmation: Grounding equipment in the TOP area. Building tray and brackets on the TOP. Installing cable tray and supports under the ACC. Conduit installation in the ORC Control Room.
RobWel Constructors: Installing fan blades on the ACC structure. Fit up of 56” pipe to Regenerator. Piping supports and piping inside and outside the ORC Building. Welding the manifold pipes up in the laydown for the ACC.
Hausot Masonry & Heating: Off site for a couple of weeks.
OneOFive Construction Grading/filling piles at the Hog Fuel Bin. Installing/cutting screw piles at the Kiln.
Techmation: Continued to install cable trays in the ORC (Organic Rankin Cycle) building, as well as on the ACC (Air Condenser Cooler) and TOP (Thermal Oil Plant) structures. They also began to install some of the wiring on the TOP.
RobWel Constructors: Continued to install piping on the TOP. They resumed various work on the ACC including the installation of the ACC access stairway.
Hausot Masonry & Heating: After mobbing to site late last week the crew began to install refractory in the CAW Combustion Chamber.
OneOFive Construction: Resumed earthworks at the Kiln area. They began to install the driven piles for the silo foundation.
Our First Live Site Capture:
In the photo above we have Mistik Management (& Flying Dust Gravel) onsite preparing the ground for future construction.
Our Live Site Capture One Year Later:
In the photo above we have both Techmation, & RobWel (High Octane Welding & Flatlander) working in the ORC (Organic Rankin Cycle) building, as well as on the ACC (Air Condenser Cooler) and TOP (Thermal Oil Plant) structures.
RobWel: The crew placed the last of the Turboden bundles on the steel ACC structure, they installed most of the stairway and some of the ACC piping this week.
Techmation: The crew continued to install trays on the TOP structure and in the ORC, MCC room.
OneOFive Construction: The crew returned to site, began prepping the kiln and silo areas for next weeks piling schedule.
Hausot Masonry & Heating: The crew arrived to site on the 28th, and began preparations for the combustion chamber insolation and future refractory pours.
OneOFive Construction completed most of their current indoor Organic Ranking Cycle (ORC) scope of work this past week. They demobbed for now, and emptied out their laydown area to make room for future office trailers.
The RobWel Constructors TOP crew completed the majority of their scope of work. They have just a few lifts, some piping, and some final touches to finish up.
The RobWel Constructors ORC crew working on both the walls and ceiling inside the ORC building.
Some of the RobWel Constructors Mechanical crew visited onsite earlier in the week. Work will begin offsite at their shop and then move onsite towards the end of the month.
OneOFive Construction completed the final concrete pour inside the Organic Ranking Cycle (ORC) building this past week. They also added grouting and a few other finishing touches towards the end of the week.
RobWel Constructors completed the majority of their Thermal Oil Plant (TOP) work, all floors can now be accessed when it is safe to do so. They kept busy working on some of the final touches and are expected to be done the TOP sometime in the next few weeks!!
The RobWel Constructors ORC crew worked on both upper and lower levels putting up the internal walls, completed more required welding, and also installed some internal insulation.
OneOFive worked on the rebar cage in the main ORC building and poured the main slab on Thursday morning, a small crew stayed onsite to monitor the concrete temperature/fuel levels over the weekend.
The RobWel TOP crew set the Emergency Cooler tank frame on Wednesday and then lifted it into place on Thursday.
The RobWel ORC crew completed most of exterior trim work on the outside of the building.
OneOFive Construction worked on the ORC ground preparations: pit-run material was placed throughout the north side of the ORC Building. When the pit run met grade, OneOFive switched to base material to bring the ground to the underside of void form elevation.
RobWel’s ORC crew nearly completed the mezzanine walls and ceiling installations and will resume when they return from their scheduled days off.
The large 330 Tonne Sterling Crane was completely demobilized by 3:30pm Thursday afternoon
RobWel continued to work on the final structural installations for the Thermal Oil Plant 10th floor.
OneOFive continued work on the ORC ground prep in the main ORC Turbine area. Machibroda was onsite to test compaction of the backfill material. Harris rebar was onsite to set the rebar mat on the east side of the Turbine pad. Both this area and the electrical room of the ORC will be included in next weeks pour.
RobWel continued work in the ORC mezzanine, beginning work on the firewall.
RobWel’s TOP crew lifted and installed both 90 degree bends. The first lift was on Wed. & the other on Friday,
OneOFive continued work on the ORC ground prep in the electrical room. The final lift of Type 33 was laid and compacted on the West side of the room. The first lift of Type 33 was completed on the east side of the room. OneOFive will complete placement of type 33 in the electrical room on Tuesday. OneOFive also set the reinforcing mesh in the mezzanine of the ORC in preparation for Wednesday mornings pour.
RobWel completed the roof insulation and panel installation on the ORC building. The main area of the building will be turned over to OneOFive on Tuesday.
RobWel also continued work on preparing for the installation of the heater expansion joint, and erecting 9th floor steel on the TOP.
OneOFive Construction returns to site to begin prepping the ORC building for a future concrete pour. Both of RobWel’s crews are off this week, they will return to site later on in the week. We expect many deliveries to arrive including a truck from Turboden, and the last of the CAW sea cans.
RobWel lifted another casing, and a stair tower onto the TOP structure. They also completed more steel lifts for the 7th and 8th floor of the Thermal Oil Plant.
The RobWel ORC crew installed cladding on the east side of the ORC building, this process continued throughout the rest of the week.
OneOFive remobilized to site on Monday, they re-established and set up their work area earlier in the week. They also began to work on the ground thaw in the ORC area.
RobWel flew more of the the 6th and 7th floor structural steel, as well a some of the CAW casings.
RobWel’s ORC crew hauled cladding to site over the past weekend, and worked on the installation of the outdoor walls throughout the week.
The OneOFive Construction had a few crew members stop-in to plan for next weeks return to site.
RobWel CAW crew: Ducting Support welding continued on throughout the week. CAW’s five casings were mobilized to site via NexGen Transport. One casing was lifted and secured over the Recouperator Box. The remaining casings are to be lifted at a later date.
RobWel ORC crew: Framing began on the structures overhead and other main doors.
There were no construction activities this past week. All MLTC BioEnergy administrative staff and all contractors were on a well deserved Christmas/New Year break. Construction activities will resume in early January.
🎄 Merry Christmas 🦺
Roof purlins were completed, and RobWel continued installing the ORC cladding supports. RobWel’s thermal oil plant (TOP) team continued work on ducting, and installation of miscellaneous handrail and grating. The TOP has now been opened to the third floor, and RobWel is actively working to complete the fourth floor before the holiday break.
OneOFive continued working on clearing their formwork and equipment from the site. They cleaned around the combustor, and have now completely demobilized (they will return to work sometime early 2021).
RobWel now has two crews on site: The first crew began erection of the ORC Columns on the south-east corner of the building, while the others continued duct work on the Thermal Oil Plant.
OneOFive continued de-mob preparations: clearing unused formwork, tools and equipment from the site. They prepped the combustion chamber pockets for grouting and will continue cleanup around the ORC area and ACC area over the weekend
RobWel installed both sections of the recuperator and the recuperator hood section as well. Welders continued focusing on the ducting connections from the ducting installation.
OneOFive worked generally on housekeeping items following their pour on Monday. They began to move the laydown on the west side of the ORC Building out of the way to make room for RobWel to move into the area.
RobWel returned to site and continued to install more flights of stairs on the stair tower as well as, more ducting installations on the Thermal Oil Plant. RobWel assisted MLTC with the offload of the Turboden Generator and installed temporary landings on the stair tower.
OneOFive continued work on forming the grade beam for the ORC building. The inside of the formwork has been set and the erection of the outside forms have begun. Harris Rebar arrived to site to begin placing rebar in the grade beam.
RobWel crews continued to weld/ lift and place ducting on the CAW Combustion Chamber. They received the stair tower handrail, 3rd floor grating and other miscellaneous steel from IWL.
Flying Dust gravel returned to site to haul backfill material in preparation for the ORC slab.
First Floor Grating was installed on the Thermal Oil Plant. Grout was applied around the column bases of the Thermal Oil Plant. ORC Pile Caps were prepared for next weeks pour. The outlet culvert from the sump pit was completed.
Grating arrived onsite for the First floor of the Thermal Oil Plant. Structural Steel Installations continued on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Thermal Oil Plant, Piles were poured for the ORC foundation, and ground preparation continued. The topping slab of the Fuel Bunker was also poured.
Fuel Bunker Trench Walls were poured. Pedestals on the Air Cooled Condenser Foundation were also cast. Steel and Ducting installations continued on the Thermal Oil Plant. Norsask Lumber Shed piles were also installed.
ORC Piles were cut to elevation. Wall Formwork Installation continued on the Fuel Bunker Foundation. Ducting Installations continued on the Thermal Oil Plant Foundation.
ORC Foundation piles were installed. Lifts continued on the First Floor Structural Steel for the Thermal Oil Plant. Rebar was installed and formwork was erected for the Fuel Bunker Trench Walls. Imbed Beams were installed on the Fuel Bunker Trench Floor.
Concrete pours were completed on the ID Fan, Multi Cyclone, Precipitator, Fuel Bunker Slab and remaining C2 piles of the ACC Foundation. The first level of structural steel was erected on the Thermal Oil Plant.
Ground preparation continued for the ORC Foundation. Tar was applied to the exterior of the Fuel Bunker Trench Walls. Forming, Void Form and Rebar were completed on the Precipitator, ID Fan and Multi Cyclone foundations.
This past week: The Remaining piles for the ACC Foundation, Thermal Oil Plant Foundations, and Fuel Bunker Foundation were cast. Welding was completed for the CAW Combustion Chamber on the Thermal Oil Plant. Ground preparations began for the ORC Foundation.
This past week: Fuel Bunker Trench Walls were cast along with the C5 Pile Cap of the ACC Foundation. The Combustion Chamber was lifted onto the Thermal Oil Plant. Ground preparation continued for the Precipitator and Multi Cyclone Foundations.
This past week: Piling continued on Precipitator, ID Fan, and Multi Cyclone Foundations. The Fuel Bunker Slab was poured. Rebar work continued on the ACC Foundation. Steel deliveries began to arrive to site.
This past week: Work continued for preparing the Fuel Bunker Infeed Trench. The Mud Slab was poured in the trench. Piles were also poured on the C5 Pile cap for the ACC Foundation. Sterling Crane also mobilized their 330 tonne crane to site.
This past week: Piling commenced on both the ACC Foundation and the Fuel Bunker Foundation. The crane pad was constructed north of the Thermal Oil Plant in preparation for the crane arriving to site next week.
Work continued for preparing the Steel Laydown to the North of the Thermal Oil Plant.
The second and third sea cans of CAW equipment arrived onsite from Germany. A power pole was also installed onsite to house a cell phone booster for the office trailers.
Mistik excavated out the Bunker Infeed Trench. Side slopes were benched back, and an access ramp was cut on the east side of the trench. OneOFive and Almita began drilling piles later on in the week. They discovered large stones, and plenty of water!
This past week: Work continued for preparing Laydowns and Foundation area’s for the return of the piling crews, and the mechanical installation teams. The first seacan of CAW equipment from Europe arrived onsite and was offloaded. SaskEnergy also completed the relocation of the gas line running near the Turbine Building Foundation.
This past week: Work commenced on preparing the ground for the laydown area onsite to house the arriving mechanical equipment from Europe for the Thermal Oil Plant. Parking areas were improved onsite.
Remediation Work Continued East of the Thermal Oil Plant. The Existing Concrete Slabs were demolished to make way for piling of the A.C.C. Foundation and the I.D. Fan Pads. Back-filling of the entire site also continued.
Remediation work began in the areas of the ID Fan, Multi Cyclone, Electrostatic Precipitator, M.C.C. and A.C.C. Foundation Footprint. An excavation was also completed to remediate the site from traces of Hydraulic Oil which were discovered in a localized area from the fire in the old sawmill. Pit run back-fill was also hauled to site.
Patching and Cleanup was completed around the Thermal Oil Plant. The combustion wall beams were also welded into place. This completes the Foundation for the Thermal Oil Plant. Earthworks crews resumed work onsite to prepare the ACC Foundation area for work in the coming weeks. A third access was also constructed from West to East on the South side of the Thermal Oil Plant.
Concrete was poured on the Turbine foundation. This completes all pours for the current set of Foundations under construction.
Peri Forms were loaded and taken away from site.
It has been a couple of months now since we’ve started our project, and we are looking forward to working with SaskPower for the next 25 years!
“Notable accomplishments for 2019-20 include… Announcement of a 25-year power purchase agreement with Meadow Lake Tribal Council for up to 8 MW of biomass-generated electricity from a facility adjacent to the NorSask Sawmill located near Meadow Lake.” – SaskPower.com
Concrete was poured on the West Combustion Chamber Wall, Pump Slab Containment Wall, Primary and Secondary Fan Pads for the Thermal Oil Plant, Stair Pad for the Thermal Oil Plant, and all remaining Pedestals for all slabs. Formwork was completed on the Turbine foundation for next Tuesday’s concrete pour.
Concrete was poured on the Eastern Combustion Chamber Wall, Base Tank Containment Wall, Fan Pads for the Thermal Oil Plant, and Pump Foundation Pad. Formwork setup also began for next week’s pour.
Concrete was poured for select pedestals on the thermal oil building, and pump building. Air ducts & the containment wall on the thermal oil plant was poured. Formwork for the combustion walls was received on-site and will be erected next week
Formwork was stripped off of all foundations from last week’s pour. Crews focused on pre-fabricating formwork for the pedestal, air duct, and containment wall pours which will be happening over the next few weeks
Rebar cages were completed on the main Thermal Building and Turbine Slabs. Concrete was poured for the Pump House Building, Emergency Cooler Building, Base Tank Building, Thermal Oil Plant, and Turbine Building Foundations
Work continued on rebar installations for Burner and Turbine building foundations, Concrete slab pours are scheduled to be completed from May 27th-29th
Fencing is complete, all foundation framework is progressing, safety trailer is fully functioning, Kelly Graphics has installed directional signage, & contractors are working together to keep a safe and tidy construction site
This past week we installed a culvert for drainage, ongoing. Temporary power for trailers is hooked up. Site security is set up, and (operating temporarily from a truck) security building to arrive soon. Forming around piles, ongoing. Rebar-installation and concrete pour to begin this week!
Installation of piles should be complete and demobilized by Wednesday. Site earthworks nearing completion. Safety trailer has arrived, and will be a functioning office soon!
Fencing is going up, contractors are flowing in, safety precautions are being met!
Beginning of construction!
Road is 80% complete. Access improvement and site clearing continues
Start of access improvement, site clearing and preparation (Mistik Management Ltd.)
After a long, delayed exit from winter…spring has finally arrived and site operations will be underway soon
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