Glenmore Line Relocation Project

Glenmore Line Relocation Project

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Project Name |  Glenmore Line Relocation Project

Owner | ENMAX

Client’s Name | ENMAX

Location | Calgary, AB

Date / Project Timeline / Delivery | August 16, 2021 - October 17, 2021 - Scope completed

Market Sector | Utilities

BACKGROUND (Pre-Project Commencement)

Enmax required underground work to install new manholes and duct bank and remove old manholes as part of re-design work near the intersection of Glenmore and 100 St SE Calgary. Iconic and its contractors worked in coordination with Enmax and Enmax contractors.

ACTION (ICONIC’s Scope & Delivery)

  • Install 4 x manholes (T105) complete with grounding
  • Trench approximately 430m and install duct bank
  • Install secondary pedestal

RESULT/SOLUTION

Scope completed without incident to client specifications.


Meadowlark & Poundmaker Substations

Meadowlark & Poundmaker

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Project Name |  Meadowlark & Poundmaker

Owner | EPCOR

Client’s Name | EPCOR

Location | Edmonton, AB

Date / Project Timeline / Delivery | March 1, 2021 - November 25, 2021 - All construction work executed as per EPCOR schedule.

Market Sector | Utilities

BACKGROUND (Pre-Project Commencement)

As part of the WETUP (West Edmonton Transmission Upgrade Project), the Poundmaker and Meadowlark substations are being upgraded. The transmission line between the two substations is also being upgraded.

ACTION (ICONIC’s Scope & Delivery)

Meadowlark

  • Excavate to develop expansion area of substation; supply and install geotextile, insulating gravel.
  • Install screw pile concrete pad foundations.
  • Construct 72kV gantry; install bus support steel. Install pre-cast fence and all permanent fencing.

Poundmaker

  • Excavate to develop expansion area of substation; supply and install geotextile and ground grid, insulating gravel.
  • Procure, delivery and install structural steel for 240kV disconnect switch, rigid bus support, and CVT support; 72kV bus support, disconnect switch, and CVT; A-frame.
  • Install all permanent fencing.

RESULT / SOLUTION

All construction work executed as per EPCOR schedule.


WCSB - eReserve 2

WCSB - eReserve 2

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Project Name |  WCSB - eReserve 2

Owner | WCSB

Client’s Name | Teric Power (designed/managed on behalf of WCSB)

Location | Alberta, Canada

Date / Project Timeline / Delivery | May 2021 to October 2021 - ICONIC successfully met the October, 2021 COD target date.

Market Sector | Battery Energy Storage

BACKGROUND (Pre-Project Commencement)

Iconic Power Systems Inc. (ICONIC) was the Prime Contractor for WCSB Power to construct their second large-scale battery storage project, located in Alberta, Canada.  The project consists of a 20 MW BESS utilizing Tesla Megapack batteries, providing energy balancing and grid frequency regulation services that support Alberta’s ongoing growth toward sustainable energy.  eReserve 2 became commercially operational as of October 2021.  As of February 2022, ICONIC has been engaged for the construction planning and execution an additional 140MW capacity spread between several new BESS facilities.

The Tesla Megapack batteries will provide various operational strategies to support Alberta’s electrical grid. These applications will focus on the delivery of sustainable energy, renewable generation smoothing, system voltage and capacity support, as well as grid frequency regulation.

ACTION (ICONIC’s Scope & Delivery)

  • Site surveying and preparation;
  • Access road and highway approach construction;
  • Site earthworks and perimeter fencing;
  • Clearing of temporary laydown areas including vehicle turn arounds and parking areas;
  • Aggregate supply and hauling (site and access roads);
  • Fabrication of the Megapack skids and auxiliary switching skid
  • Foundation piling and Megapack skid installation;
  • Trenching and cable laying (including ground grids);
  • Ground preparation, setting, and installing of pre-cast transformer vaults;
  • Shipment of equipment
  • Placement and installation of an e-house / control building;
  • Installation of 25 kV switchgear into an e-house / control building;
  • Placement of all 25 kV and auxiliary transformer units;
  • Placement and installation of 14 BESS units;
  • Placement and installation of an auxiliary switching skid and cabinet
  • Placement and installation of any site lighting and surveillance cameras (including standards or supports);
  • Electrical and communication cable terminations for installed equipment (including the connection to the utility distribution feeder)
  • Equipment testing;
  • Pre-commissioning and commissioning support; and,
  • Site clean-up and reclamation;
  • Provision of materials.

As ICONIC successfully executed the eReserve 1 project in 2020, the planning and execution of eReserve 2 was further improved and streamlined.

ICONIC had to return to site to complete emergency repairs on the grounding transformer as well as cable replacement.  This project was also built in central Alberta in winter conditions so ICONIC worked closely with the owner and the landowner to overcome the short construction window and challenging site conditions.

RESULT / SOLUTION

Despite a few challenges, ICONIC successfully met the October 2021 COD target date.


Blue Hill Wind Energy Project

Blue Hill Wind Energy Project

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Project Name |  Blue Hill Wind Energy Project

Owner | Algonquin Power Co.

Client’s Name | Borea

Location | Blue Hills, Near Herbert, SK

Date / Project Timeline / Delivery | March 2021 to August 2021, completed on time, without incident.

Market Sector | Wind

BACKGROUND (Pre-Project Commencement)

Located south of Herbert, the Blue Hill Wind Energy Project will be developed and operated by Algonquin Power Co. (a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.) and is expected to include up to 56 wind turbines.  The turbines will add 177 megawatts of wind energy for SaskPower customers – enough energy to power more than 70,000 average Saskatchewan homes.

ICONIC was awarded this project to construct a 245kV/34.5kV Windfarm Collector Station.

ACTION (ICONIC’s Scope & Delivery)

  • Trenching, install concrete trenches and conduits
  • Supply and install all grounding
  • Install structural steel
  • Supply and install control cabling
  • Supply and install signage, jb’s, yard lighting
  • Offload control building and transformer
  • Supply and Install Kirk Key System
  • Supply and install bus and connectors
  • Install miscellaneous supplied items on and in control building

RESULT / SOLUTION

Through ongoing communication and collaboration, Iconic was able to resolve challenges swiftly and focus on getting the job done safely.  ICONIC delivered the collector station on time before the energization milestone date, without incident.


Wellhead Crossfield Battery Energy Storage System

Crossfield Battery Energy Storage System

Crossfield Battery Energy Storage System

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Project Name |  Crossfield Battery Energy Storage System

Owner |

Client’s Name | Wellhead Electric (California, USA)

Location | Crossfield, AB

Date / Project Timeline / Delivery | March 2020 to December 2020, completed on time and on budget.

Market Sector | Renewable Energy, Battery Energy Storage

BACKGROUND (Pre-Project Commencement)

ICONIC was selected to handle infrastructure construction and deployment of the Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) for Canada’s first hybrid electric gas turbine, located in Crossfield Alberta. The project feature GE’s proven BESS systems to provide ample operating reserves – while minimizing fuel usage and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

The battery technology needed to be integrated into existing LM 6000 generation facilities that were already in place. During the commissioning phase, it was established that a grounding transformer was required to mitigate HV surges. This extended the schedule by two months but was vital to the safety of the people and project assets.

ACTION (ICONIC’s Scope & Delivery)

ICONIC was responsible for all installation, connection, pre-commissioning, commissioning, testing, inspection, post energization checks of the battery energy storage system. We followed GE’s detailed commissioning guidelines to ensure cells were balanced and in a safe operating state.

The BESS area pad was developed and built up to ensure proper slope and drainage. High water tables and pooling were a concern. Helical piling was determined to be the ideal solution to anchor the equipment in the existing soil conditions and to mitigate frost heave. Steel grillages were utilized to simplify the equipment connections to piling and to equipment.

Battery Energy Storage System installation scope:

  • Ground grid and testing
  • Underground & above ground conduit
  • Setting grillage onto piles
  • Cable trays installation
  • LV (<600V) power cable installation and termination
  • Instrumentation, controls, communication cables
  • MV (13.8 KV) power cables
  • Battery enclosure (HPSU’s) setting and wiring
  • Install and commission isolation and aux transformers
  • Install and commission switchgear
  • Strut supports installation
  • Cable, termination kits, load break elbows, terminals, conduit, cable tray, surge arresters

Earthworks scope:

  • Pad expansion
  • Screw pile installation
  • Trenching and backfill
  • Conduit installation
  • Fencing
  • Insulating gravel install
  • Asphalt paving

RESULT / SOLUTION

Lonnie Enns, Senior Vice President of ENMAX energy said this project reflects the transformation taking place in Canada’s energy sector, and the adoption of new and innovative solutions.

“Battery storage, combined with on-site natural gas generation provides a reliable, cost effective and sustainable method of ensuring on-demand energy. Not only will this project enable significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions, it will also provide a blueprint for further adoption in cold weather environments globally.”

ICONIC is honoured to be at forefront of BESS technology, and ensuring the required infrastructure is built to the highest safety and quality control standards.


Chestermere Substation Construction

Chestermere Substation Construction

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Project Name |  Chestermere Substation Construction

Owner | AltaLink

Client’s Name | AltaLink

Location | Chestermere Lake, AB

Date / Project Timeline / Delivery | October 2017 to September 2018, completed on time and on budget. The project took a total of 10 months to complete, as there was a project lull over the winter months.

Market Sector | Utilities

BACKGROUND (Pre-Project Commencement)

This was a full EPC greenfield substation project located on the south side of Chestermere Lake. The goal was to bolster the reliability of the Fortis 25 KV distribution system in the greater Chestermere area. It was ICONIC’s first EPC turnkey project.

Because our work was going on at the same time as adjacent land and road development projects, coordinating site boundaries with the town of Chestermere was a challenge. The area adjacent to the project site was deemed a wetland. Extensive premobilization documentation and permitting was required to ensure the project started on schedule.

ACTION (ICONIC’s Scope & Delivery)

This scope of work included all the engineering, the civil pad development and installation of three 138 kV breakers and two 138/25 kV transformers along with a couple ABB Modular substation on skids.

  • Engineering drawings and submissions
  • Procurement of materials
  • Pad construction
  • 138 KV transmission line tie-in
  • Installation of telecom tower
  • RAS system for the 138 KV interconnection
  • Alterations to remoted ends for the 138 KV power line
  • Installation of the AMI for Fortis

RESULT / SOLUTION

As ICONIC’s first foray into EPC, this project opened our eyes to the need for disciplined processes and strategies to manage essential project details. It led us to create a dedicated internal procurement team, and to devise step-by-step processes for reviewing and vetting engineering submittals prior to client submission. While standard procedure today, this was new to us at the time.

We are pleased to report our first EPC project was a success. Our team demonstrated the advantage of being able to draw on our extensive crew to meet ISD dates, and the importance of strong contractor relationships. Today, EPC work is second-nature to us.