Line 3 Replacement - Spread 7

Scope: 101 km x NPS 36, 2 HDDs

Year: 2018-2019

Client: Enbridge Inc.

Spread 7 of the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement involved the construction of approximately 101 km of NPS 36 pipeline across Southwestern Manitoba from Virden to Wawanesa. The project ran from August 2018 to March 2019, during which time over 4600 welds were made.

While the majority of the line paralleled existing pipelines this spread included a 20 km reroute through new territory. The reroute provided its own set of challenges including 51 pipeline crossings, unstable ground conditions and unusually high volumes of ground water culminating with enough water being pumped at a single crossing to fill 25 Olympic swimming pools. This area also involved travelling through several abandoned well sites where 13 unlisted utilities were discovered safely due to diligent ground disturbance practices.

At peak production, Banister employed more than 800 workers who contributed over 1.1 million man hours to complete the project. Over 20% of the workforce was comprised of local Indigenous workers. In addition, over $50 million of products and services were sourced from Indigenous suppliers and contractors.