Main line welding crews, using automatic welding equipment to boost productivity, move ahead through classic Canadian winter conditions installing the Athabasca pipeline.
Sandblasting prepares the pipe for re-coating with fusion-bonded epoxy, copolymer adhesive, and a medium-density polyethylene over-jacket. [32,491 bytes]
Difficult terrain and routing were overcome by Enbridge Pipelines (Athabasca) Inc., Calgary, to build the first direct pipeline link between the oilsands deposits of northeastern Alberta and Canada's main crude-oil pipeline system.
That's according to the company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge...