Canadian Natural Resources Limited – Horizon Aerodrome Design Build, E Construction
In 2005, E Construction was one of three firms invited to submit a proposal to design, build, manage and construct a new aerodrome for Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) for their Horizon Oil Sands Project, located about 75km northwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The project was unique to E Construction as it was the largest design build project ever sought after by the group. After submitted proposals were reviewed by CNRL, E Construction was selected to carry out the project. Construction for the project began in May of 2005 for a duration of roughly 4 months and was completed on September 1, 2005 at a cost of $10 million dollars.
The project was a complete success and was CNRL’s first major project to be completed on schedule and under budget.
The aerodrome consisted of an 1,800m (6,000 ft) x 45m (150 ft) paved runway, complete with connecting taxiway and apron sized to accommodate two (2) Boeing 737-600 series aircraft.
The scope of work consisted of
- Preliminary geotechnical and topographical survey
- Detailed Design
- 250,000 cubic meters of Earth Grading
- Installation of runway drainage system
- Installation of airfield lighting and emergency power unit
- Manufacture and installation of modular air terminal building
- 600mm of 75mm Granular Sub Base = 165,000 tonnes
- 300mm of 20mm Granular Base Course = 250,000 tonnes
- 100mm of 12.5mm Asphalt Concrete Pavement = 28,000 tonnes
Facilities constructed for this project included
- paved runway, taxiway and aprons
- wildlife management fencing
- gravel parking lot
- runway, taxiway and apron edge lighting
- non-precision approach lighting
- approach light indicators systems (PAPI’s), and illuminated visual aids, electrical service including transformer
- emergency power for airfield lighting and critical groundside services
- modular terminal building and all amenities to accommodate processing of up to 130 passengers as well as aerodrome administrative and flight services functions
- manual weather observation equipment as required for a non-precision GPS AIP, complete with observer training, VHF radio communication system
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