With extreme variations in temperature, rugged terrain, and remote locations with access challenges, Canada’s North (the area north of the 60th parallel, including much of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) is like few other areas in the world. These aspects make it unique and beautiful, but they also create a host of challenges that require expertise and experience to overcome for those working in the area.
Customers with northern interests look to Horizon North to execute projects in the region because of our vast experience there which traces back to our company roots, our strong logistical capabilities, and our commitment to safety and meaningful engagement with the surrounding communities.
Currently, Horizon North’s Industrial Services division is involved with a large project in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut, in the area surrounding the Mary River mine site. “We have a three-year contract to provide a variety of services for a customer in this area,” says Warren Murray, Horizon North’s Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships. “The scope of our work, combined with the unique nature of the area, is an ideal illustration of what Horizon North’s Industrial Services division can offer our customers with business in the North.”
To date, Horizon North has assembled and commissioned a turnkey 46-person side-by-side camp at the northern port access, and supplied and installed a 50-person expansion to an existing customer camp at the mine site. In both locations, full camp management, maintenance and housekeeping services are being provided.
The work on these two camps is just the beginning of the project scope. Looking to the future, other work includes the supply and installation of a 380-person hybrid camp (meaning both soft-shell and hard-shell exteriors) and the operation of an 800-person camp that has been sourced by the customer from another location. At both future facilities, which will support a combination of construction and mining personnel, Horizon North will provide a full suite of operational services, including camp management, catering, housekeeping, maintenance, waste water and potable water treatment, and refuse incineration.
To make our northern projects successful and provide an exceptional experience for our customers, Horizon North’s products and services must be suited to the unique conditions in the North and address several challenges, among them:
- Temperature – With effective temperatures in the winter of up to 60 degrees below zero, the camp structures are built to sustain the weather extremes and harsh conditions.
- Regulatory requirements – Strict regulatory regimes are in place in the North to protect the natural environment of the region. Horizon North’s waste water and potable water treatment, as well as refuse incineration services, meet these stringent requirements using technology unseen in other regions.
- Logistics – Remote project locations means that most supplies are delivered via sea lift and then transported to their final home. Challenging enough is organizing, safely packaging, and loading all necessary equipment onto a ship along with everything else the customer and other contractors need. However, another unique consideration in the North is timing these preparations carefully to meet the available window for sea transport, which can be as small as 75 days of open water given the icy climate.
Horizon North’s ownership of the entire value chain allows us to address the logistical challenges common to working in the North, so our customers have peace of mind and can embrace the one-of-a-kind experience of working in one of Canada’s most amazing regions.
For more on Horizon North’s Industrial Services, including workforce accommodations, hospitality, on-site services, and logistics, visit horizonnorth.ca/industrial-services.
Learn more about Horizon North’s Work North initiative, hiring members of the local community for our northern projects.