Refined Product Storage and Shipment Terminal

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To facilitate increasing market demand, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is creating a major storage and distribution terminal at Carseland, near Calgary, to service its markets in Southern Alberta and the BC interior.

Initial storage capacity is 141,000 m3 (880,000 barrels) and throughput will be one billion litres per year (over 17,000 barrels per day). FCL plans to double that in future by adding more facilities. Ausenco was awarded the detailed engineering and construction support work in 2009 and construction was largely completed by the end of 2012.

Throughout the project, which required over 60,000 hours, Ausenco provided some innovative designs and worked with the construction contractor and suppliers to optimise equipment and minimise change orders, resulting in substantial savings for FCL.

Ausenco continues to work with FCL on mechanical completion and pre-commissioning activities, with start-up planned for mid-2013.

Project highlights:

  • Ausenco design of pre-cast concrete trench segments in the rail offloading area is a civil engineering first. The trenches house the umbilicals that connect the rail cars to the unloading pumps, support the additional superstructure and provide spill containment. Forming the trench segments under controlled shop conditions cut field installation time and cost. 810 metres of trench (173 pieces) were installed in just three weeks.

Project details

Oil sands
Carseland, Alberta
Business line
Oil & Gas, Power
Federated Co-operatives Limited
2009 - 2013
Engineering, Construction management