Worley Parsons Cord (WPC) is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contractor for the Edmonton Terminal and 12 pump stations included in the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Their work includes addition of four new storage tanks at Edmonton Terminal, 11 new pump stations along the route in British Columbia and Alberta and one new pump station on the existing pipeline. We recently connected with WPC to learn more about the company, job opportunities and the work to be carried out.

What’s your process for hiring the construction crews and related workers who will be building the Trans Mountain Expansion Project?

WorleyParsonsCord is an equal opportunity employer. Our process includes a very strong local and Aboriginal hiring focus for multiple reasons, including commercial returns to the communities engaged in the project, reduced travel risks by using workers and subcontractors living close to our construction sites, and creating a sense of pride among the respective work forces which results in improved quality. We have dedicated human resource staff that research local and Aboriginal labour sources and identify skilled workers who can bring value to our project delivery.

Tell us a bit about your company’s history and its experience with energy infrastructure construction.

In March 2017, WorleyParsonsCord celebrated our 40-year anniversary. We have evolved to become leaders in industrial construction across Western Canada. We have delivered fabrication, modular construction and field installation services to some of the world’s most technically challenging oil, gas and pipeline facilities, power stations and other industrial infrastructure — always delivering projects on time and within budget. Our terminal and pump station experience is among the most extensive in Western Canada — with more than 50 similar pump stations and work on terminals that includes more than 30 million barrels of storage.

Describe the actual work you will carry out.

Our Scope of Work includes all of the new pumping and pipeline trap stations between Edmonton, Alberta and Hope, British Columbia, and the terminal work in Edmonton. It also comprises all of the required modifications to existing pump stations between Edmonton and Hope, including demolition work.

Within the existing Edmonton Terminal, it includes installation of four new large diameter storage tanks, a new initiating pump station, a new manifold and modifications to the current manifolds.

At pump stations, it includes installation of environmental and safety controls to ensure the stations operate safely with minimal impact to the environment, connection of the mainline pumps and erection of the pump shelters, site preparation and grading, interconnection piping and valving for control of the various systems, and the electrical and instrumentation controls systems necessary to ensure the stations operate with the planned flexibility.

Certain components will be sub-contracted, such as the civil and earthworks scope, painting and coating, insulation and a host of specialty sub-trades.

Do you have any particular engineering challenges that require innovative solutions?

We have designed several hundred pump stations across Western Canada. Our engineering teams have the specialized experience necessary to resolve the numerous technical challenges of a project of this magnitude. We’re implementing controls to protect the environment, controls to remote sites and resolving the geotechnical and civil engineering issues associated with construction at mountainous sites. We’ve developed innovative applications of proven technologies, ensuring the safety, functionality and performance of the completed pipeline system are world class.

The variability and challenges of working in a mountainous environment require well-engineered and planned execution strategies and solutions. Key challenges include weather, logistics for a variety of construction sites and local terrain. We have flexible plans to appropriately and safely address any challenges we meet.

Tell us about your company’s mission statement and/or core values?

Our mission statement: We help our customers meet the world’s changing resources and energy needs.

Our core values are Leadership, Relationships, Agility and Performance. We define them like this:

Leadership

  • Energy and excitement
  • Integrity in all aspects of business
  • Minimum bureaucracy
  • Committed, empowered and technically capable people
  • Delivering profitable sustainability

Relationships

  • Open and respectful
  • A trusted supplier, partner and customer
  • Collaborative approach to business
  • Willing to challenge and innovate
  • Seeking enduring customer relationships

Agility

  • Smallest assignment to world-scale developments
  • Comprehensive geographic presence
  • Global expertise delivered locally
  • Responsive to customer preferences
  • Optimum customized solutions

Performance

  • Industry leadership in health, safety and environmental performance
  • Delivering on our promises
  • People accountable and rewarded for performance
  • Innovation delivering value for our customers
  • Creating sustainable value for our shareholders

Tell us about your commitments to worker and public safety, and environmental protection.

The health and safety of our workers and the environment is our top priority. As our CEO, Andrew Wood, states: “There is no job worth doing if we can’t perform it safely.” Our stringent Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) expectations are vital, integral elements of our business. These expectations are deeply embedded into our management systems and processes and influence everything we do.

Our safety and environmental performance compares very favourably with international best practices within our industry sectors, but we are not satisfied with being comparable to our peers. We are constantly looking for ways to take our practices to a next level and, to do that, we ensure our management systems support safety and environmental protection.

We continuously engage our people in the process of safety and environmental education on two fronts:

  • Ensure they understand their role and impact they can have on ensuring the safety of themselves, the public and the environment
  • Gather their input and ideas to enhance our current practices, ensuring we are current and relevant to the tasks being undertaken

We also work closely with our contractors and our suppliers to ensure they understand our expectations and work as hard as we do to create an environment of zero harm. Our sub-contractor on-board program is rigorous and demanding because we want to ensure their goals align with our drive for zero harm. Finally, we remain current with the latest legislation and industry best practices through a host of memberships, industry-sponsored training programs, and continual review and improvement sessions. We are proud to say we have been recognized by the Province of Alberta for our exceptional HSE performance with an invitation to join the provincial Partners in Injury Reduction program. Together, we believe we can accomplish our goal of zero harm to people, assets and the environment.