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COUNTRY REPORTCANADA


vice president for Mammoet Canada West, based in Calgary, Alberta. “We are expecting RFPs any day now, so I cannot say too much ahead of that process. I do feel that we are in a strong position based on our capabilities and also on our existing relationship with the First Nations.” Unlike in the USA, native sovereignty is


strong in Canada and supported by federal law. Part of the struggle that midstream energy companies have had building new or expanded pipelines for oil or gas from British Columbia and Alberta to tidewater or to the USA, is failing to collaborate with First Nations. Tribes vary widely in their support for industrial development and many a billion-dollar project has foundered as a result of high-handedness in dealing with indigenous peoples.


First Nation joint venture For its part, Mammoet is already operating under a joint venture with the local Haisla First Nation. Based on publicly available plans for the project, MacLeod was able to sketch out thoughts on the heavy lift angle of the project. “Modules will be coming in from China [and other manufacturing sites] on large vessels. The modules will be offloaded onto SPMTs and moved about 4 km to the site. The offloading facility has yet to be built. We expect to be able to bring marine terminal cranes in for offloading.” For the time being, Mammoet has


opened an office in Kitimat, and has just started work helping to build the worker camps that will house the project crew. Kitimat, as a town, was planned by the


Aluminum Company of Canada in the 1950s, and today has a population of just 8,000. Adjacent to the smelter there is a deepsea dock built by a pulp and paper mill that ceased operations in 2010. Rio Tinto Alcan bought the dock and has since sold it to the LNG developers. “From the pulp and paper dock it is a


straight shot back to the LNG site,” said Mike Dewar, director of economic development for the District of Kitimat, the regional and municipal jurisdiction. Noting that some preliminary site work has already started, he added: “The district is considering development beyond the LNG terminal. A project that large certainly brings a draft of opportunity behind it.” Given the size of the LNG project, it is


widely expected that heavy lift facilities beyond the immediate construction zone will be important for staging and marshalling. “There has been industry up there for years,” said one source. “It will be interesting to see how the third-party logistics companies


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Mammoet expects RFPs for the LNG Canada project in Kitimat to be issued very soon.


approach this project. Vancouver is already busy. Prince Rupert (British Columbia) is a container and cruise port, not project cargo. Stewart World Port, [also in British Columbia] is new, up and coming.” Several sources speculated that, other


than for the main modular components, a logical approach would be to use other ports in the region for staging barge relays to and from Kitimat. There is not much water area at the head of the inlet.


LNG is the number one project on the horizon... I do feel that we are in a strong position based on our capabilities and also on our existing relationship with the First Nations.


– Tom MacLeod, Mammoet Canada West


Growing opportunities While carriers, riggers, and forwarders wait for RFPs and then awards in that plum LNG project, there is a great deal of other project cargo work across Canada’s 2.5 billion not-always-snowy acres. That volume of business may come as a surprise to those who only hear about stalled pipeline projects. That bottleneck is real, and so are new


approaches. “In 2018, the provincial government of Alberta announced a petrochemical diversification programme,”


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