Kootenay River Railway Bridge Span Replacements in Wasa, BC

Kootenay River Western Train Bridge Span Installation

In the Canadian Rockies, Western’s Heavy Lift Division replaced eight existing 70ft Half Deck Plate Girder (HDPG) bridge spans with eight new Through Plate Girder (TPG) bridge spans in coordination with SEMA Railway Structures.  The spans were replaced in eight time-blocks, including bearing seat upgrades, with no interference to railway traffic.  Western’s method of replacement… Read more »

Tembec Steam Turbine and Generator Installation

Tembec Steam Turbine and Generator Project

Tembec’s ongoing green energy projects include installing a cogeneration power facility at its operations in Temiscaming, Quebec. A 61.54 MW Steam Turbine and Generator were installed on a concrete pedestal thirty-five feet above ground. The 110 ton turbine and 105 ton generator were offloaded from railcars onto Western’s hydraulic trailers (SPMTs) and traveled approximately one… Read more »

Papermill Yankee Dryer Installation

Papermill Dryer Installation

Western was contracted to complete a removal and re-installation of a complete papermill in Toronto, Ontario. Included in this project was the moving of the new Yankee dryer. Due to its size and weight the dryer was brought in the side wall of the plant and skidded into the new mill.

Simcoe Street Tunnel Construction

Simcoe Street Tunnel Girders Project

Western was contracted by Soncin Construction to provide the formwork and rigging for the Simcoe Street Tunnel Project in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The formwork consisted of three forms for three different size girders, the largest of which is 4′-0″x4′-0’x 52′-0″ long, fabricated at Western’s Barrie facility. Western also supplied the rigging required to lift and… Read more »

Highway 403 and Credit River Bridge Expansion

Highway 403 Credit River Girders

Western Mechanical provided a mobile overhead gantry, which was used to offload new concrete girders from transporters and place the new girders on the new bridge piers over the Credit River in Oakville, Ontario.

Suncor Voyageur Project

Suncor Reactor Heavy Lifting Gantry

Suncor Energy recovers bitumen ore from oil sands and upgrades it to refinery ready feedstock and diesel fuel near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Suncor Energy took part in the ‘Voyageur‘ upgrade, part of a planned $20.6 billion oil sands expansion, with an expected additional 100,000 barrels of oil per day production. At the heart of this… Read more »

Niagara Tunnel TBM Back-Up Carrier Removal

Niagara Tunnel Boring Machine Project

The back-up carrier is a ‘train’ of four structures that follow the TBM in the tunnel (see project ‘Niagara Tunnel Boring Machine Removal (Big Becky)), the largest of them being five stories tall, support equipment, power supplies and material storage. Weighing up to 500,000 lbs each, the back-up carrier structures varied drastically and each required… Read more »

Niagara Tunnel Boring Machine Removal (Big Becky)

Niagara Falls Tunnel Arch Form

The largest hard-rock Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) in the world, ‘Big Becky,’ completed drilling a 14.4m (47.4ft) diameter tunnel 10.2 kilometers long under the city of Niagara Falls. The Niagara Tunnel will provide the electrical need of 160,000 homes by adding 1600 gigawatt-hours of power per year to the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station. Western… Read more »

Malartic Stator Move

Malartic Stator Heavy Transport Project

Representing the second biggest gold reserve in Canada, the Canadian Malartic gold mine in the Abitibi mining district in Quebec underwent a development stage by the Osisko Mining Corporation. Part of this development was the installation of the facility’s gold processing equipment. Western was hired for the heavy lift portion of moving the processing facility’s… Read more »