JACOS Hanginstone - SAGD Expansion, Fort McMurray, AB


Almita worked with EPC Bantrel to design foundations for the supply line portion of the expansion of the Hangingstone SAGD facility owned by JACOS. Almita was contracted by Bantrel in October 2013 to design and fabricate helical piles and started installation in November 2013. This project included converting wellpad foundation designs from driven piles to helical piles while working within budget and meeting tight project timelines.


This was JACOS’ first large scale use of helical pile foundations on any of their sites, but Almita’s previous experience installing foundation systems for SAGD facility supply lines allowed for a quick turnaround and project start. Almita’s detailed HSE plan resulted in our crews successfully identifying an environmentally sensitive area on the project site and developing a plan to avoid any disturbance to the area.


Installation speed was excellent and Almita completed installation in half of the time set out in the project schedule. The resulting time and cost savings led to additional scope being awarded to Almita, and well pad designs originally slated for driven piles were converted to helical piles. Overall the project included 3000 helical piles at a cost of approximately $12,000,000, and it received extremely positive feedback from the client.