chemco rail civil construction and maintenance

Chemco officially launches Chemco Railway Civil Construction and Maintenance division

Nisku, Alberta, All Aboard! Chemco is proud to announce the launch of Chemco Railway Civil Construction and Maintenance. Also known as Chemco Rail, this new division will provide the railway industry with the construction disciplines needed to successfully build and maintain railway projects and facilities across Canada. Based out of our corporate office in Nisku, Alberta, Chemco Rail will also serve clients from our regional office in Kamloops B.C. and satellite offices in Prince George and Kitimat, B.C.

Accessing Chemco’s 50 years of construction and maintenance experience in project management and leveraging the company’s relationships with high quality sub-contractors allows Chemco Rail the ability to deliver full scale civil construction projects that are varied in scope and complexity.

“We are proud of our track record working in highly specialized verticals that supplement industrial construction. We are pleased to add Railway civil construction and maintenance to our stable of specialties that already include fiber optics, electrical engineering, hydrovac, horizontal drilling, and more” says Todd Halina, COO of Chemco. “For over 50 years, Chemco has built our reputation on our ability to get things done, and our high standards of excellence will continue with the establishment of Chemco Rail.”

Chemco Rail will leverage Chemco’s line of specialized equipment to assist with maintenance work including boom trucks, hytrackers, loaders and snow plow trucks. Chemco Rail offers the railway industry a wide range of earth moving equipment including excavators, dozers and rock trucks to support railways in quickly reopening important rail corridors.

About Chemco

For over 50 years, Chemco has provided our clients with a wide range of construction, maintenance and project management services to keep their projects progressing. Our success has been based on our people, our unyielding commitment to safety, and our accountability to our clients, coworkers, community and the environment.

For more information on Chemco Rail, please contact:

Bryan Lunge
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Direct: +1 (403) 910-0213

An Innovation in Industrial Lighting

We are excited to announce the publication of Industrial Lighting – A Holistic Approach Using L.E.D. Technology in volume 24 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Industry Applications Magazine. The contributors of this paper included Chemco Engineering & Field Services’ vice president Jeff Krukowski and lead engineer Cletus Mullin, among others. This paper won the award for Best Paper at the Industry Applications Society’s 63rd annual Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference. The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) operates within the IEEE and offers a way to share electrical technology that can be applied to the petroleum and chemical industry, promoting continuous development within the profession.

As part of a team, Krukowski and Mullin were able to conceptualize and execute an innovation in industrial lighting. As outlined in their paper, their L.E.D. design philosophy reduced a 50,000 barrel per day oil refinery’s capital cost by $31.2M CAD, maintenance costs by $563,663.00, and achieved an annual CO2 emissions reduction of 1614 Tons (82).

The team aimed to analyze the financial and environmental impacts of implementing holistic L.E.D. lighting throughout an industrial petroleum producing facility. To design a system that was both cost-effective and environmentally friendly, the team decided to go against the industry norm of a High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting design. Even though “Light Emitting Diode (L.E.D.) technology was in its infancy” (77)1 at the time of design, the team decided to use this technology, trusting that L.E.D. lighting would be the industry preference by the time this project was in construction three years later. This innovation resulted in the refinery being one of the first to adopt L.E.D. technology site-wide.

In addition to environmental challenges, the team was challenged by six financial factors: fixture quantities, energy consumption, distribution requirements, emergency lighting requirements, construction lighting, and maintenance costs (78).

Fixture Quantities and Capital Costs

The team’s paper outlines their L.E.D design as being a cost-effective option as it allows for a reduction in the number of fixtures required, consequently lowering the refinery’s capital cost by 32%. When energy cost was factored in over five years of operation, the cost reduction increased to 38% when compared to HPS lighting. In addition, installation time is decreased as these L.E.D. fixtures arrive from the factory ready to install, saving time on site when it comes to installation. (78-79).


Energy Consumption

The paper states that there are also significant energy savings with L.E.D. lighting since the fixture quantity and fixture wattage are both decreased when this design is implemented. Further, this design reduces CO2 emissions when compared to the diesel-fueled towable light plants using HPS fixtures. Using the refinery’s electricity rate, the resulting reduction in energy cost was $250,288.00, not including CO2 credits. Without these light plants, noise is also reduced which results in less disturbance to the environment and the surrounding area’s wildlife. The lowered energy consumption reduces the overall carbon footprint of the plant, leading to a smaller environmental impact when this design is implemented (79-80).


As outlined in their paper, the team was able to design a way that the “lighting system can be supplied and controlled with a single smart lighting control panel, fed from a single dedicated transformer” (80).1 Their distribution design replaces “lighting transformers and hazardous area rated panels located throughout the process unit” (80).1 This resulted in a cost reduction of $867,342.00 for the refinery when the team’s design was implemented (80).

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is a major part of this team’s innovation as described in their paper. Instead of a separate lighting system dedicated to emergency lighting, the team outlines how the entire lighting system can be put on the standby generator without an increase in generator size. By doing this, in the event of an emergency all fixtures would remain on if a power failure were to take place. Consequently, dedicated emergency lighting elements could be removed from the design, resulting in a cost reduction of $1,136,270.00 for the refinery (80-81).


Construction Lighting

The team states that with the use of high mast lighting fixtures, the design allows for one of these fixtures to replace eight towable HPS fixtures and provide better lighting as a result. The high mast design outperforms the HPS light plants for area luminance and uniformity. This significantly reduces the construction costs, allowing for a $27.3M reduction over the two-year construction period (81-82).


Maintenance Costs

In their paper, the team also discusses maintenance costs associated with this design philosophy. The lifetime of the L.E.D. bulbs used in this design are four times that of HPS, therefore requiring less maintenance when it comes to bulb replacement. The L.E.D. design expects to reduce light fixture maintenance costs annually by $313,375.00 (82).


The team also outlines how the features of L.E.D. technology allow for better control of light distribution when compared to the HPS fixtures traditionally used. The team’s paper states that this design can provide “equivalent or better lighting with fewer fixtures than with [the traditional] HPS lighting (79). By using L.E.D. technology, the design is dark sky compliant and minimizes light trespass as to reduce disturbance to the plant’s surrounding neighbours and wildlife.

The safety benefits of L.E.D. lighting over HPS are clearly demonstrated when this design is implemented. This design allows for more uniform lighting, which is stricter than the IES’ recommendations for normal lighting on industrial sites, as stated in the paper (77). Since visibility is key when ensuring safety on site, the importance of a well-lit workplace is undeniable. The L.E.D. lighting design creates brighter and more uniform lighting, increasing visibility on site and therefore creating a safer workplace.

With the reduced capital and maintenance costs, reduced environmental impact, and minimized disturbance to the surrounding area, it is undeniable that this team introduced an industry leading design when it comes to industrial lighting. This design is an innovation brought forward by this team at a very early stage in the development of L.E.D. technology, providing a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the industry norm of HPS lighting. We are immensely proud of work put forth by Chemco Engineering’s engineers Jeff Krukowski and Cletus Mullin, as well as the rest of this team and commend the application possibilities of this innovation in industry lighting.

Read the full paper here.

  1. C. Mullin, R. Koltes, M. Walton and J. Krukowski, “Industrial Lighting: A Holistic Approach Using Light-Emitting Diode Technology,” in IEEE Industry Applications Magazine, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 31-38, July-Aug. 2018. doi: 10.1109/MIAS.2017.2740462

Chemco Matting: Chemco Crambo

This Komptech Crambo unit is a wood waste reducing ‘beast’. With a 600 HP C18 Caterpillar engine and 134 aggressive teeth, it can chew up the toughest material, reducing an access mat in about a minute. The reduced wood can then be used for things such as biofuels, absorbants, mulch, etc.

An industry leader in its class, it can reduce material at a rate of 100 tons/hr under ideal conditions and can reduce bolted access mats at a rate of approximately 60 tons per hour. The Chemco Crambo unit is equipped with two ultra-strong magnets, making metal recovery a breeze. It even has optional screens that control for product sizing in the range of 2″ to 24″.

The Chemco Crambo is a big innovation in environmentally friendly wood disposal. In the past, access mats were hauled away for disposal in landfills. With this machine, we can successfully eliminate unnecessary trucking, massively reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, and ultimately reduce our carbon footprint. The CAT diesel engine is equipped with the latest emission controls, making its environmental impact minimal.

Safety is a cornerstone at Chemco. With the Chemco Crambo being driven remotely, it improves safety for the operator and everyone else on site. There is simply no better mobile shredder on the market.


The Chemco Crambo can handle railroad ties, building materials, telephone poles, access mats, etc. If you have a need for wood waste recycling, your solution is just one call away at 1 (587) 773-3541.

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Platinum Hydrovac and HDD: Leading by Example

Big Bore Hydrovac Services has rebranded but continues to provide industry-leading hydrovac and horizontal directional drilling services.

Edmonton, Alberta, April 2, 2018 — Big Bore Hydrovac Services has officially rebranded to become Platinum Hydrovac and HDD to create distinction from other vendors with similar names while establishing itself as a leading provider of hydrovac and HDD services throughout Western Canada. Though our name has changed, our commitment to excellence and the advancement of industry standards remains at the core of all our operations.

Platinum’s mission is to provide safe, clean, and efficient service while preventing site damage and minimizing risk to health and safety. We take pride in restoring all of our work sites to their initial condition or better regardless of the processes employed on the project. Through a culture of learning and leadership, we promote growth and opportunity that elevates the standards of our trade.

We are proud to service western Canada in hydrovac and horizontal directional drilling, including civil construction and shallow utilities. We have built a reputation as an industry leader in safety and customer satisfaction across all three western provinces, and we vow to maintain the high standards of performance, professionalism, and worksite culture that has earned our clients’ trust and business.

Platinum’s highly trained team members use the safest methods and advanced technologies in our hydrovac processes. Hydrovac ensures safety for workers, environmental preservation, and the protection of valuable wires, conduits, and pipelines on worksites. All our trucks all feature on board water heaters for easy excavation of frozen ground and thawing of frozen ducts and conduits, in addition to plastic dig tubes, which prevent electrical shock and lower the risk of worksite injuries.

Directional drilling is the preferred method of installation for communications, gas, power, water, and pipelines because of its safety, cost-efficiency, and minimal environmental disturbance. With industry-leading equipment and highly trained staff, Platinum drills where others can’t. Our support vehicles can even provide hot water to aid the drilling process during winter months. We use the DigiTrak® F5® Directional Drilling Location System to provide clients with precise bore path print outs, reports, and asbuilts we can use to maximize onsite safety and accurately predict costs and timelines.

To learn more about Platinum Hydrovac and HDD’s service offerings and extensive project experience, visit us online at

Media Contact: Bryan Lunge, Director, Sales & Marketing, 1-403-910-0213,

Creation of Chemco Telecon Infrastructure Group Inc.

Official release published on, found here

By creating a new reputable telecommunication infrastructure company in Alberta, Telecon and Chemco will strengthen their presence within the Western Canadian market and ensure adequate resources are available to meet predictable delivery models, in a context where clients are looking for increased speed, transparency and reliability in the deployment of their telecommunication network turnkey projects. Chemco Telecon Infrastructure will benefit from both companies’ extensive project management expertise and will be able to exert greater control and efficiencies in fiber deployment infrastructure activities.

“We are particularly proud of our new strategic partnership with Chemco. The creation of Chemco Telecon Infrastructure Group Inc. will provide us with a reliable, long-term and dedicated infrastructure capability to support our growing turnkey FTTH activities in Western Canada,” commented André Héroux, President and CEO of Telecon.

“Our organizational strengths such as large capacity infrastructure construction management and execution, combined with Telecon’s industry leading design and delivery model, have allowed us to create a new solution to support our clients existing, and future FTTH activities across Western Canada,” points out Brian Halina, President and CEO, Chemco Group of Companies.

The Industry Context

The demand for increased connectivity, greater bandwidth and faster internet speeds are poised to drive significant infrastructure investment in fiber network deployment.

Partnership History

Telecon and Chemco had signed a first agreement in 2015 and have successfully cooperated in a prime-sub relationship for the execution of fiber optic cable OSP network builds and civil construction in relation to the FTTH deployment activities.

About Telecon

With a 50-year history, 3,000 highly-skilled and engaged employees and 49 business locations from coast to coast, Telecon is one of Canada’s largest telecommunication network service providers. It delivers a large variety of industry-leading design, infrastructure and connectivity solutions to the country’s most notable telecommunication companies, with portfolios in wireline, wireless, cable television, data, internet, IPTV, information and communication technology.

About Chemco

Employee owned and operated, Chemco has been providing clients with a wide range of construction and maintenance services for over 50 years. With employment exceeding 2,800, Chemco has built a reputation on the ability to execute projects efficiently, with transparency and predictability. With extensive experience in Western Canada, Chemco has continued to deliver an execution model which exceeds client expectations. Core values of People First, Safety and Accountability have allowed Chemco to execute some of the most diverse projects in recent Western Canadian history.