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Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 39 issue in June. Greer says that the goal is to complete engineering for the project in the fourth quarter 2015. Another big step in the project is award- ing the general contractor bid. Greer says staff worked for five months to put the general contractor bid pack- age together. "We had a very large vol- ume of information to put together for this package," Greer says. "The process takes time with the bid package going out to multiple bidders in December, pre- bid meetings held in January and bids due in March. We created a short list of bidders and focused on clarifying the bids in March and April. There are lot of factors we review. We also had compet- ing contractors interview with us as we conducted an evaluation survey indicat- ing safety practices, the strength of their team and company, quality control, abil- ity to meet schedules, costs and familiar- ity with construction of urea plants. In the end, the project team selected one and made a recommendation to senior management." Aecom's URS division, based out of Denver, CO, was chosen to be general contractor for the project and should be on site in June. Staff is currently work- ing through the pre-mobilization phase, which includes submitting schedules, safety plans, quality control plans, ap- proving staffing plans and other initial steps to mobilize. Greer says a notice to proceed has been issued with Aecom, and staff will be working to complete the contract award. Worley Parsons of Billings, MT, was cho- sen as the construction management contractor earlier this year and now has a core staff of 11 people on site tailored to the needs of the project today, which includes site civil work and mobiliza- tion. Their staff will increase as the con- struction activities pick up. Activity continues to increase on the construction site, with several pieces of equipment arriving recently. Greer says they are using the Big Top tent to house the heat exchangers that have arrived. The large pieces of equipment, includ- ing the stripper, scrubber and pool re- actor, will be arriving from Austria in November, as they are currently being fabricated there. "We are working with BNSF to make ar- rangements to bring these large vessels to the Synfuels Plant," Greer says. "It will be quite the process as the pool reactor alone weighs half-a-million pounds." More than 80 equipment vendors are now under contract to supply materials for the project. Greer says the majority of the equip- ment needed to complete the project is now under contract. "We are working on procuring specialty valves, instrumenta- tion and piping bid packages," he says. Rachael Construction continues work on installing the storm drain system. They closed up one of the main open channel ditches, installing a permanent concrete pipe storm drain. Greer says the urea storage building site is also being prepared. "The soil is weak in that area," he says, "so a spe- ‚ě§ continued pg 47

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