Northern Lights Engineering Contracts Signed

Synenco Energy, managing partner of the Northern Lights Partnership, said that the following contracts for engineering services to the Northern Lights Project have been signed:

  • Jacobs Canada (Jacobs) has signed a contract to provide owner's engineering services for the Northern Lights Project. Through this contract, Jacobs will provide the project with a dedicated team for its full development cycle. This team will assist the owners by providing project management support including scheduling, estimating, procurement, and construction management. The role of the owner's engineer also includes interfacing with suppliers, contractors, and other project participants to increase consistency and adherence to project standards.
  • UMA Engineering (UMA) has signed a contract to provide owner's engineering services for on-lease and off-lease infrastructure for the project such as roads, non-process buildings, and plant site development.
  • UMA has signed a contract to complete the Infrastructure Design Basis Memorandum (DBM) for the project. The work under this contract encompasses the development of the overall diagrams and plans related to infrastructure components of the project.
  • The consortium of UMA and Black & Veatch Canada has signed the Utilities and Offsites DBM contract for the project. Utilities and offsites include features such as power, water, and project-specific pipelines.
"We are delighted to have these experienced engineering firms on board for the development of the Northern Lights Project," said Bert Lang, the project's executive vice president for enginering and design. "These contracts confirm awards made and work that commenced in late 2005. The owner's engineer awards are particularly important to providing us with instant in-house capability to lead and manage the more detailed execution requirements for the roject."

The DBM services of UMA and the consortium of UMA and Black & Veatch began in December 2005 and are expected to continue through to September 2006. The services of Jacobs as owner's engineer and UMA as owner's engineer for infrastructure began in December 2005 and are expected to continue through to project start-up in late 2010.

Calgary-based Synenco holds a 60-percent interest in and is the managing partner of the Northern Lights Partnership (NLP). SinoCanada Petroleum, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinopec, owns the remaining 40 percent of NLP. NLP is the owner of the Northern Lights Project, an oil sands mining and bitumen extraction project northeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta, and a heavy oil upgrader project located in Sturgeon County northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. The independent best estimate of NLP's resource is 1.49 billion barrels of in-place bitumen. NLP also holds extensive coal lease applications in the Athabasca region in north eastern Alberta.

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