Christina Lake Thermal Project (SAGD) Phase 1 Expansion

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Ausenco handled EPCM services for debottlenecking and retrofit projects at the Christina Lake 10,000 bbl/day steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) facility.

Over 50 projects were completed in the four years following start-up in 2002. Using an integrated team approach, owner representatives from the operations, maintenance and QA/QC groups as well as representatives from the fabricators and contractors worked closely with Ausenco engineering, procurement and construction personnel. Important tools in the success of these projects were the Ausenco PLANTCOST™ and PLANTAPPS™ applications for web-based tracking of project costs and engineering data.

These tools allowed our engineers, designers, clients and constructors to share engineering cost and progress data securely over the internet. Ausenco’s use of 3D design tools resulted in an enviable record of low rework. These design tools are used not only in the conventional design sense, but also as a communication tool with operations, fabrication and construction personnel to enhance understanding and mitigate the risk of rework.

Project highlights:

  • engineering, procurement and construction management of 50 projects in 4 years
  • “cookie-cutter” design for SAGD well pair tie-ins reduced costs by 25%
  • added Solvent Aided Process facilities to enhance SAGD oil recovery
  • completed debottlenecking and retrofit projects covering all systems of the SAGD facility
  • installed over 300 prefabricated piping tie-ins with minimal field work.

Project details

Oil sands
Conklin, Alberta
Business line
Oil & Gas, Power
Cenovus Energy
November 2002 - December 2006
Engineering, Global procurement, Construction management