Agrium VAULT, Vanscoy SK

Agrium VAULT, Vanscoy SK

Tonnage: 11,000 tons

Owner: Agrium

General Contractor: PCL

EPC: SNC-Lavalin


Supermétal is fabricating 11,000 tons of structural steel for Agrium Vanscoy’s mine near Saskatoon. The project titled “VAULT” involves the expansion of Agrium's existing Vanscoy underground potash mine, production hoist, concentrator and infrastructure to increase the production capacity to 2.8 Mt/y. The infrastructure includes the installation of a standalone 1 million tonne per year processing train, a tailings management area and additional compaction capacity. Once completed this expansion will increase the mine production by 50%.

Supermétal was awarded the steel fabrication for many surface area buildings from the joint venture of SNC-Lavalin Inc. and PCL Industrial Management Inc. Supermétal has recently patented an unloading system that eliminates the use of a forklift or crane to unload the container and is in use at the lay-down area on this project . The steel requires a 3-coat epoxy painting system and 400 tons of fire-rated intumescent coatings. 

Supermétal has also implemented a new, internally developed, 4D model shop-drawing approval process. The colour code approval system has attached shop drawings, erection drawings and reference connection designs all in one model. This enables a checker to review faster, immediately incorporate upcoming changes and has the flexibility to release partial quantities. After implementing the system, it is estimated that the JV partner is saving 2-3 weeks per sequence, in their shop drawing approval process.

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