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Client Oil sands developer

Location Alberta, Canada

Sectors Oil and gas

The challenge

Provide reliable power and heating at a remote oil sands construction site

A major oil sands project was underway in the harsh climate of north-eastern Alberta, Canada. It was still early days and there was no permanent power supply. Yet power was clearly needed – both for the construction itself and for much-needed heating during the freezing winter. The developer was looking for a scalable power system that could adapt to the changing needs of the site; onsite support to respond to these changing needs, and rugged equipment built for the unrelenting environment. We ticked all the boxes.

Project fact file

15 MW

Peak power supplied


On-site technical support

The solution

Flexible power and heating that grew as demands increased

Our generators perform in the harshest conditions, so we had no worries there. And they are easy to scale – we could quickly bring in more power as the site’s needs grew. So that’s just what we did. Our initial supply was a redundant 2.5 MW, increasing to a peak of just over 15 MW. When we found out that grid power would be delayed for over a year, we quickly supplied an additional 8 MW. When it came to heating, our electrically powered heaters met strict health and safety requirements and proved more efficient than the existing set up.

the aggreko difference

Our exceptional project management and 24/7 support means we respond quickly to critical project needs.

The impact

Construction goes ahead without delays

We made sure that the oil sands construction site had no problems with power or heating during the primary construction phase. When they needed more power, our onsite technicians responded fast, plugging in more equipment. They were also there to fix any issues before they threatened supply. The result was a steady stream of just the right amount of power – and the perfect level of heating in the harsh Canadian winter. 

“We pride ourselves on our high level of customer service. Our fast response times and recommendations on this oil sands project are great examples of this.”

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