Chemco Receives 2017 Canadian Electrical Award

A couple months ago we had mentioned our major milestone at Shell Scotford, having successfully completed 1,000,000 man hours without a recordable incident since November of 2014. Well we are happy to report that the industry is taking notice. Thank you Shell Canada Products for the nomination!

The following was published in the November/December issue of Electrical Business Magazine:



Some of the players: Chemco Electrical Contractors (contractor), Shell Canada Products (general)

Why it caught our attention…

The 2016 turnaround event included significant electrical direct field labour hours for work such as maintenance inspections, repairs, isolations and, most significantly, electrical installations and commissioning for a 20% de-bottleneck project for the Scotford Refinery in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., near Edmonton.

The 20% de-bottleneck included the installation and commissioning of new 25kV and 5kV switchgear, 5kV and 600V motor control centres, 5kV motors and variable speed drives, and miscellaneous 600V (and below) loads, including motors, electrical heat trace, etc.

Chemco Electrical Contractors “was a key contributor and contractor for the event, and they delivered their scope safely, on time and on budget,” wrote the nominator, an electrical engineer with Shell Canada Products. The contractor achieved 1 million recordable man-hours injury-free at the Shell Scotford Complex, executing well over 100,000 man-hours of maintenance, installation and project work.

During the event, the owner and contractor worked together closely, holding daily toolbox talks to ensure questions were answered and both groups could get a safe start to the day. Turnaround and project goals were realized thanks to the safe execution Chemco delivered during the event.

For the complexity, immensity, and schedule of the event compared to industry, Chemco delivered the goods with a prominent safety record. In industry, it is recorded that an event of this magnitude has only a 10% chance of succeeding, writes the nominator, “[but it] did, in large part thanks to Chemco and their dedication to safety and Goal Zero”.

The Chemco team at the Shell Scotford facility have demonstrated once again their ability to complete work in a consistently safe manner.  An achievement like this happens when all of us are focused on understanding the risks, continuously looking to mitigate these risks and looking after each other.  Teamwork, collaboration and communication will continue to be the fundamentals to our success.

We would like to thank everyone on site and at Head Office for your contribution and the role you play in our team’s success.

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