June 7th, 2023 – Trades NL expressed thanks to its workforce today as the West White Rose Project reaches another milestone with the completion of the conical slip concrete and framework. The project milestone was reached on Monday, June 5, at 3:02 a.m.
The work completed added 92.35 metres to the existing project structure, bringing the height to 139.2 metres. With approximately 1,500 workers across three shifts, the project took 69 days with the site running 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of our members in achieving this target and congratulate them for continuing to demonstrate their world-class skills,” said Darin King, Executive Director. “This is huge news for the province, Trades NL, Cenovus Energy Inc. and everyone involved, but there is still work to be completed. Now that the slip is complete, work can begin moving forward on the shaft, decks, piping scopes, precast roof panels along with the completion of spall repairs.”
A project this size is complex and involves technical operations, field execution, planning, logistics and re-start hiring. On-site employees worked with heights, simultaneous operations and congested work areas along with battling our province’s weather.
As stated in their Standard of Excellence, Trades NL recognizes that success on the worksite is significantly influenced by the role that their employer/contractor plays. Cenovus Energy Inc. and partners have allowed this project to move forward with safety, quality and productivity.
“All involved with the project are to be commended for this achievement,” King continued. “The project continues to be critical for the future of our province’s building trades and construction industry. We look forward to the next phase of the West White Rose Project, meeting targets and getting the project completed.”
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About Trades NL
Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 60 trades and 15,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For 70 years, our craft continues to construct, fabricate and maintain some of the world’s most complex facilities.
About Trades NL: Indigenous Skilled Trades Office
Trades NL: Indigenous Skilled Trades Office, located in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, is dedicated to recruiting, promoting, supporting and advancing the economic growth of Indigenous People of Newfoundland and Labrador within the skilled trades – with an emphasis on Red Seal occupations. This office seeks to create new employment opportunities for Indigenous apprentices and journeypersons, increase apprenticeship completion rates, and foster greater commitment and participation of employers and unions to create employment opportunities, overcome barriers and enhance supports in the workplace.