CST Line Twinning

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada

The Client required the coarse sand tailings (CST) line at its Oil Sands facility to be twinned in order to reduce downtime and redundancy in the existing line. KCB were appointed as front end engineering design to produce a suitable routing across the site and provide multi-disciplinary design solution for Shell.

The design required the combination of a pool of talented KCB engineers from a variety of backgrounds to produce a multi-disciplinary design including full detail design packages, material take offs, cost estimates and schedules.

The design consisted of mechanical, piping, electrical, instrumentation and controls, civil, geotechnical and process engineering in order that a suitable twinned line could be designed between the extractions building and the existing external tailings facility 1km away. The project had a large interface with other developments on site, requiring the electrical team to produce a power integrity report to confirm that there was sufficient electrical power available at site utilizing the existing infrastructure.

KCB’s mechanical design team sized the pumps required to pump the heavy coarse sand tailings to the ETF. The geotechnical and civils teams provided technical support to the structural team for the design of piping racks, pipe supports and foundations for pump houses.


  • Multi-disciplinary preliminary design combining variety of team disciplines
  • Mechanical, process, piping design including pump sizing
  • Electrical design with power integrity report
  • Civil, geotechnical and structural design
  • Optioneering, Feasibility Studies, KT analysis, SWOT Analysis Concept Selection Report
CST Line Twinning 3 years ago
CST Line Twinning 3 years ago
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