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Kearl Lake Slurry Preparation Plant

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              Start Date: 2008

              Completion Date: 2011

Slurry Preparation Plants, Kearl Oil Sands Project

Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited

ThyssenKrupp Canada

Detailed structural and architectural design, design of mechanical equipment (pump boxes, chutes etc.) and pipe stress analysis. Detailed process and plant pipe layout were carried out by ThyssenKrupp

Mining, Oil & Gas

Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

MGA played a crucial role in the Exxon Mobil Kearl Oil Sands slurry preparation plants project located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Our involvement spanned the design and construction of facilities dedicated to converting oil sands into a slurry composition. The project featured two trains, each designed with a capacity of 10,000 tons per hour. Our scope of work included comprehensive structural, mechanical, and piping engineering services, covering the entire process from initial design through fabrication to on-site erection supervision.

The plant serves the crucial function of preparing ore for hydro-transport to the process plant. This involves receiving dry crushed ore from two feed conveyors, mixing it with hot water, screening and crushing it as necessary, and subsequently pumping it to the next processing units. Within the facility, various equipment is housed, including slurry pumps, pump boxes, mix boxes, chutes, vibrating screens, and a secondary crusher. These components work in tandem to facilitate the efficient processing of ore as part of the overall production workflow.

MGA acted the engineer of record for the structural, mechanical and piping stress analysis. The scope of work included:

  • Preparation of the structural design criteria specification

  • Building structural analysis and detailed design

  • Design of building mechanical components (pump boxes, mix boxes, discharge chutes, etc.)

  • Equipment installation and maintenance studies

  • Piping Scope of Work:

    • Review of:

      • Project specifications and drawings

      • Piping design criteria specification

      • Line Designation Table vs. PFD's and PID's

      • Equipment Lists against PFD's and PID's

      • Equipment Lists vs. MDBM and Mechanical Design Criteria

      • Equipment Data Sheets vs. PFD's and PID's

      • Equipment Data Sheets vs. Global Practices, API and ANSI (HI) for pumps, motors and gear drives

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