Kiewit hir­ing 70 welders for Marys­town

Com­pany has ‘ev­ery in­ten­tion’ of us­ing lo­cal hires for He­bron work


He­bron pro­ject work at Bull Arm is re­quir­ing more and more skilled trades work­ers, but con­struc­tion work in Marys­town is also pro­gress­ing.

The drilling sup­port mod­ule for the $14bil­lion He­bron plat­form – a sec­tion of the plat­form’s top­sides – is be­ing built by Kiewit Off­shore Ser­vices in Marys­town. That con­tract work has led to a re­cent call for welders, 70 in to­tal, by the com­pany.

Spokes­woman Ni­cole Noren, in an emailed re­sponse to ques­tions this week, in­di­cated “We are com­mit­ted to work­ing with our lo­cal part­ners, in­clud­ing our union part­ners and sub­con­trac­tors, to hire skilled welders from New­found­land and Labrador.”

Pub­lic ad­ver­tise­ments sug­gest the com­pany is look­ing to con­nect with ap­pren­tice and jour­neyper­son welders who have an in­ter­est in the pro­ject work.

Kiewit staff were asked whether or not the com­pany ex­pects to bring in tem­po­rary for­eign work­ers.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported by The Tele­gram, Vale New­found­land and Labrador has brought in about 30 spe­cial­ized welders from Ire­land for con­struc­tion of its new pro­cess­ing plant at Long Har­bour. Those welders hold dif­fer­ent skill sets and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions.

Ms. Noren stated of Kiewit’s needs “We have ev­ery in­ten­tion of hir­ing lo­cally from the prov­ince.

“We have re­cently set up a train­ing school to of­fer lo­cal peo­ple with limited in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence or for­mal train­ing the chance to train and fur­ther de­velop their weld­ing skills.”

She stated the com­pany is set on bring­ing the job in on sched­ule,

“while max­i­miz­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans.”

First steel for the mod­ule was cut at the Kiewit Cow Head fab­ri­ca­tion fa­cil­ity May 14.

At that time, a com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive told TC Me­dia work in Marys­town on the drilling sup­port mod­ule was ex­pected to last about two years, and pro­vide about 350 con­struc­tion jobs at peak.

The drilling sup­port mod­ule is one of two key mod­ules of the He­bron pro­ject be­ing built in New­found­land and Labrador. The other is the liv­ing quar­ters mod­ule, to be built at Nal­cor En­ergy’s Bull Arm Fab­ri­ca­tion Site.

A Kiewit-Kvaerner Con­trac­tors (KKC) joint ven­ture is com­plet­ing what will be the base of the He­bron off­shore struc­ture, also at Bull Arm.

St. John’s Tele­gram

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