Thermal Oil Project Execution
Sound project delivery (cost effective, safe and timely) is a cornerstone to the development of Athabasca’s assets and core infrastructure. The foundation of Athabasca’s project delivery approach is adhering to four core principles called the”Pillars of Value Execution.”
The Right People
Athabasca has assembled an impressive team of top professionals; seasoned veterans with proven track records of delivering (SAGD/CSS) projects on time and on budget. With its team, Athabasca has extensive in-house experience in all major aspects of thermal project delivery and operations.
The Right Design
The design of a central plant impacts several important factors of project operations: capital costs; operability; reliability and repeatability. Athabasca’s approach includes effectively managing capital costs by choosing fit-for-purpose, economical plant designs which revolve around operability and repeatability. Our Thermal Oil team has extensive experience in selecting proven and robust technologies from reputable firms. Our business philosophy — designing once and building multiple — leads to significant cost reductions and operational advantages.
The Right Process
Athabasca strives to strike the right balance between planning, governance and flexibility. This is accomplished by putting a considerable amount of effort into getting the basics done right, including the disciplined use of key planning and project delivery tools (stage gate, project charters, procurement and construction plans). Line of sight is obtained by using project controls that balance between audit and service functions.
Athabasca's construction driven philosophy of project execution is about activities occurring during the construction phase driving early stage deliverables. From engineering to procurement, this philosophy ensures the highest level of preparedness when projects face their highest levels of risk. This approach involves mobilizing a construction management team (CMT) during the early stages of an oil sands project.
Our CMTs are embedded within the engineering/project management groups and assume direct and intimate control of the project's construction phase. This integrated work flow and structure enables the establishment of deliverable milestones for engineering packages and ensures the delivery of equipment and materials matches construction requirements and timelines.