Line 3 Replacement Program contractors earn kudos from industry peers

Running Deer Resources, Premay Pipeline Hauling honored at annual CEPA Foundation awards

Indigenous inclusion and ensuring a safe workplace are two key objectives of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program.

Two contractors who are helping Enbridge successfully achieve those goals were honored at the 2018 CEPA (Canadian Energy Pipeline Association) Foundation Awards in Banff, Alberta in mid-September. The awards are designed to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrably advanced the Canadian pipeline industry in a meaningful way.

Running Deer Resources perfected a new state-of-the-art technology called Working Warriors in 2015 that allows Indigenous communities to effectively engage with industry and actively participate in projects. For that, the organization took home the CEPA Foundation award for innovation.

The software has been put to use effectively with the L3RP beginning in January 2018 and it’s been all uphill since, says president and CEO Jamie Saulnier.

“A few months later, we formed a joint-venture partnership with the Southern Chiefs Organization in Manitoba to integrate the Working Warriors software into all 34 of their communities. As summer began, we partnered with BC First Nations to implement Working Warriors in 20 communities,” says Saulnier. “And in September, we were awarded a project with LNG Canada to pilot Working Warriors on the early works of the potentially massive LNG project in Kitimat, BC.”

Working Warriors is a cloud-based tool that can be used by contractors and employers to connect with the Indigenous workforce in Canada and the U.S. The portal captures and categorizes skills, resumes, employment experience, businesses, local resources and other important information specific to Indigenous communities around the globe.

The software is extremely beneficial in understanding the workforce that can be mobilized for various energy/pipeline projects.

“We design and build programs that are geared toward better relationships, economic development and employment for Indigenous people,” Saulnier explains. “The work that we’re doing is enabling us to give people a better quality of life, which is a fantastic thing.”

Meanwhile, Premay Pipeline Hauling L.P. earned a CEPA Foundation safety award for its year-long, incident-free work stockpiling 1.1 million metres of 36-inch-diameter pipe in 29 yards along the 1,100-kilometre Line 3 project right-of-way in Western Canada. As of July 2018, Premay had accumulated 187,670 hours of work and almost 4 million kilometres driven without a single safety incident.

“From following their own health and safety management system to implementing advanced collision-avoidance technology on their equipment, Premay has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to keeping their workers, stakeholders and communities along the right-of-way safe,” said the CEPA Foundation in citing Premay for the award.

“We got to work with a great construction team inside of Enbridge,” says Paul Schultz, Premay’s senior vice president. “Safety grows on projects if everyone wants to be there, and enjoys the people they work with and the company they work for.”

(TOP PHOTO: Premay Pipeline Hauling stockpiled 1.1 million metres of Line 3 Replacement Program pipe in Western Canada without a single safety incident.)