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Pike & Underwood Substation

DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations - Pike & Underwood Substation
  • DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations - Pike & Underwood Substation
  • DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations - Pike & Underwood Substation
  • DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations - Pike & Underwood Substation
  • DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations - Pike & Underwood Substation
  • DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations - Pike & Underwood Substation
  • DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations - Pike & Underwood Substation

Pike & Underwood Substation

Transcending national borders with seamless supply & transportation services that border on extraordinary.

The largest transmission company in Alberta, Canada wanted to expand the 230kV/138kV Pike Substation as part of the Christina Lake Area Transmission System Development initiative, and they needed a partner fluent in international substation supply. They turned to DIS-TRAN. While the scope of work was typical – the steel structures and everything that attaches to them – the job’s location in far northern Alberta, Canada, combined with a winter schedule, created a pressing set of challenges:

  • Customs: Since we had to cross the Canadian border, we took a greater role in managing shipments ourselves — we even sent trucks directly to a manufacturer to pick up materials!
  • Shipping: The job site was so far north, not even FedEx or UPS delivered. For smaller shipments, we found a reliable, independent Canadian shipping broker.
  • Winter: With work being completed in a Canadian winter, we had to plan tactically to ensure transportation deliveries would be able to weather the sometimes punishing conditions.
  • Standards: Equipment and project standards vary slightly from country to country, so we leveraged our existing network of suppliers, and found a few new ones, to meet every need.

In fact, not only did we get to flex our logistics and project management muscles by running a nearly frictionless project in an incredibly far-flung location, we were also able to forge new relationships and cement existing ones, all while meeting every substation spec down to the nuts and bolts.

We took over more of the logistics process than normal, but it really showcased one of our greatest strengths: thanks to the knowledge our people here have gathered over the years, we can handle projects in other countries, especially Canada, with ease.
Alan Mobley, Project Manager