Kearl Expansion Project

In June of 2012, KMC Mining, along with its Joint Venture Partner, Kiewit Management Co., was awarded a contract as K2 Mining to continue site preparation and infrastructure development for the Kearl Expansion Project for Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited (IORVL).

Throughout the life of the project, the K2 Mining Team successfully completed this significant scope of work, which involved clearing; organic stripping; site grading; haul road and access road construction; embankment of the East External Tailings Area (ETA) Dyke, Center Dyke, and North Pad Dyke; installation of the Kearl Expansion Deep Undergrounds (DUG 2); piling, installation of underground process piping and foundation construction for the Kearl Expansion Ore Processing Plant (OPP 2); and construction of the mechanically-stabilized earth crusher retaining wall for the OPP2.

Significant quantities for this project included: 1000 hectares of clearing and grubbing; 4.7 million bank cubic meters (BCM) of muskeg and topsoil salvage; 10 million embanked cubic meters (ECM) of dyke embankment; 11,000 cubic meters of concrete, and over 20,000 lineal meters of process and utility piping installation. In total, the K2 Mining Team moved in excess of 29 million BCM of material in approximately two-and-a-half years.

This project included several important successes, including:

  • Working over 2.5 years and 3.5 million man-hours without a lost time incident
  • Being awarded the Imperial Oil Western Canada Major Projects Award for Safety Excellence in 2012.
  • Achieved quality specifications for all construction materials in the dykes.

Project Details

Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta

Service: Pre-Development; Mine Development

Completion Date: June 2012 to November 2014

Owner: Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited