Major Projects

BC Hydro - Site C Clean Energy Project,  Fort St. John, British Columbia

The BC Hydro Site C Clean Energy Project main civil work contract has been awarded to Peace River Hydro Partners, in which Petrowest is partnered with Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd.

The main civil works is the largest single contract for construction on the Site C Clean Energy Project, valued at approximately $1.75 billion. It includes the construction of an earthfill dam, two diversion tunnels, and a concrete foundation for the generating station and spillways.

This work will create approximately 8,000 person-years of employment over the eight-year contract, along with business opportunities for local, regional and Aboriginal businesses. Approximately 1,500 people will be working on main civil works at the peak of construction.

Alberta Transportation - Highway 43 Twinning / Highway 2 Interchange, Sturgeon Lake, Alberta

Highway 43 is part of the Canamex Trade Corridor connecting Coutts, Montana and Grande Prairie, AB. The Alberta Government partnered with the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation to complete the last section of roadway twinning within the Corridor. Petrowest Construction LP successfully completed the twinning of a 20 km, four lane stretch of highway.

The scope of work completed comprised of subgrade construction, grading, granular base, paving and bridge construction and various intersection and transition construction.

The key components of the work are the construction of two bridges, making improvements to 12 intersections, one pedestrian overpass, 4,655,000 cubic meters of excavation, 500,000 tonnes of granular base course and 140,000 tonnes of asphalt pavement on portions the new eastbound and westbound lanes through the Sturgeon Lake Indian Reserve.

This project was completed over a period of four years, which saw various weather conditions that management had to abate to, to ensure success of the project.

Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Chief Richard Kappo joined elder Lena Standingribbon on opening day to travel the route and bless the highway before it was officially opened to traffic.

Spectra Energy - Dawson Processing Plant, Dawson Creek, British Columbia

Petrowest completed the earthworks for Phase I of the Spectra Energy - Dawson Processing Plant, which is designed to process up to 100 million cubic feet per day of raw natural gas.

The scope of work completed by Petrowest also included construction of 1.3km of high grade access road, installation of turf mat and a storm pond.

The plant is built on a foundation of 2,100 piles of steel pipes that range from eight to 24 inches in diameter. These piles are driven up to 13 metres into the ground and form the foundation of other plant structures.

Construction began in February 2011 and during the life of the project realized:

  • More than 1.2 million man hours
  • Up to 300 workers onsite at a time
  • 400,000 cubic metres of sub-soil and top-soil moved
  • 105,000 cubic metres of gravel brought onto the site

As this project started in February and completed in the fall, Petrowest had to deal with various weather conditions such as frost, snow accumulations, spring thaw and summer rains.  In spite of these changing weather conditions, Petrowest completed the project on time and on budget.

Throughout construction, Petrowest Construction LP took a number of measures to ensure the safety of our employees. In doing so, Petrowest Construction LP were a part of accomplishing the safety goal of working more than 1.2 million man hours without a lost time injury (an injury requiring time off work).

Northern Health - Hospital & Residential Care Facility, Fort St. John, British Columbia  

Petrowest was contracted to complete the bulk and detailed site excavation for the new $301.8-million Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care Facility.

The projects scope of work also included developing the loading bay and parking areas as well as a comprehensive landscaping plan.

Constructed on a 40-acre parcel of land donated by the City of Fort St. John, the building includes a new 15,000 square metre acute care facility, with 55 acute care beds, an ICU, maternity ward, 2 state of the art operating rooms, an expanded ER and endoscopy suite.

The Peace Villa residential care facility consists of two housing units which together represent approximately 7,500 square metres of new space for 124 residential care beds, with palliative and special care units.

The residential care facility is connected to the acute care hospital through an indoor hallway for convenient access by residents, hospital staff and visitors.

During the project, Petrowest worked alongside additional subcontractors which required coordination of activates to ensure success in all phases.

The project was completed over three years which exposed Petrowest to a number of weather conditions from winter frost and snow accumulations to spring thaw and summer rains. The site was completed on time and on budget.