Heartland 101 March 2018: Heartland Gears up for Turnaround Season

It is that time of year again when facilities in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland take advantage of spring weather. For many companies, spring signals the start of turnaround season and the continuation of construction projects.

Maintenance is a must

Just like your vehicle and home, industrial facilities require regular maintenance to keep them operating safely and efficiently. Companies schedule turnarounds to decrease or stop production so that certain maintenance tasks can be completed. Depending on the facility, a turnaround can last as short as a few days, or up to a month or longer.

The work completed during a turnaround involves equipment inspections and, if necessary, repairs, replacements, and technology upgrades. Particularly on older facilities, new technology can improve an operation’s environmental performance and help increase productivity.

Impact of industrial activity

Construction and turnarounds generate additional local spending on goods and services. They also create employment, as extra manpower is required to complete these projects. This added manpower may result in a noticeable increase in traffic on local highways. Turnarounds may also generate additional noise or visible activity as maintenance work is completed.

Curious about what you see, hear or smell?

Many companies use the UPDATEline to keep the community informed about turnaround and construction activities. Call the UPDATEline at 1.866.653.9959 to access pre-recorded messages about industry activity 24 hours a day.

Notable turnarounds and construction

Construction activities at North West Redwater Partnership’s Sturgeon Refinery site are expected to be complete this spring with commissioning and start-up activities running throughout the summer. Companies with planned turnarounds this year include:

Spring (Mar/Apr/May)
  • Air Liquide
  • Aux Sable
  • Evonik
  • Nutrien Fort Saskatchewan
  • Shell Scotford
Summer (Jun/Jul/mid-Aug)
  • Keyera Energy
  • Nutrien Fort Saskatchewan
  • Oerlikon Metco
  • Sherritt International
  • Umicore
Fall (Late-Aug/Sep/Oct)
  • Access Pipeline
  • Nutrien Redwater
  • Umicore
  • Shell Scotford

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