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In this inaugural edition of Spectrum for 2013, we look at the different ways we are “shaping the future” for a variety of our stakeholders: from developing ground-breaking initiatives like the Vale Clean AER initiative and innovative district cooling projects, to encouraging young engineers through our recognition and internship programs.
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  • 1. Shapingthe Futurevol. 22EDITIONno. 12013quarterlymagazine ofSNC‑Lavalin
  • 2. Paper made fromrecycled materialXXXXXXXSpectrum is publishedfor SNC‑Lavalin Group Inc.by Global Corporate Communications.Spectrum est aussi disponible en français.N.B.: All figures are in Canadian dollarsunless otherwise indicated.Editor-in-Chief:Monica Bhattacharya, Director,External CommunicationsWriting and coordination:Noel Rieder, Senior WriterContributors:Nicola CardwellMarie-Claude DubeaultPeter McCarthyÉtienne PlanteCraig SegalCopyright deposit:Bibliothèque nationale du Québec.Articles may be reproduced,with attribution, upon request.Design and production:mosaic designPrinting:L’EmpreinteCover:The RTB Bor smelter complex in Serbia,where SNC-Lavalin is carrying out a majorretrofitting project.Please send all correspondence to:SpectrumSNC‑Lavalin Inc.455 René-Lévesque Blvd. WestMontreal, Quebec, Canada H2Z 1Z3Tel.: 514 393-1000Fax: 514 875-4877E-mail: spectrum@snclavalin.comWe invite you to visit our websiteto learn more about SNC‑Lavalin:www.snclavalin.com04Sustainable Retrofitting:The Future Looks Cleaner08SNC‑Lavalin’s DistrictCooling Team ona Winning Streak10Calgary Mass TransitExtension Up and Running13Four ReasonsWhy SNC‑Lavalin’sNew Code of Ethics Matters14Snc‑LavalinEnvironment Leadsthe Way with InnovativeGreen Solutions16Meeting our Full Potential18Shaping Tomorrow’sLeaders: Putting Stockin Student Interns
  • 3. 03Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013President’s MessageShaping the FutureIn this inaugural edition of Spectrum for 2013, welook at the different ways we are “shaping the future”for a variety of our stakeholders: from developingground-breaking initiatives like the Vale Clean AERinitiative and innovative district cooling projects, toencouraging young engineers through our recognitionand internship programs.The world around us is changing at a dizzying pace. Demographic shifts,globalization and rapidly evolving technologies are transforming ourwork environment and combining to profoundly impact the role ofengineering in society. Succeeding on a project today, regardless of where itis, means recognizing and understanding how these trends are shaping theneeds, interests and expectations of all stakeholders. In short, you must havea comprehensive approach to project development and delivery.This comprehensive approach is especially valuable to the developing world,which has a great need for resources and infrastructure. Improving the accessof these emerging economies to essential commodities, and providing themwith state-of-the-art hospitals, waterworks and transit systems will helpenhance their standards of living. And by partnering with regional subcontrac-tors and purchasing materials and equipment from the local market, it ispossible to have an ever greater positive impact. This is the approach to proj-ects that SNC-Lavalin embraces.SNC-Lavalin is also committed to being a good corporate citizen. As such, ourteams dedicate considerable time and effort to supporting local charities andschools, both in developing and developed countries. Our employees and thecommunities we serve around the world also expect a certain standard ofbehaviour and values from a company like ours. We are committed to excel-lence in that regard. World-class ethical standards, safety, environment andquality create the framework from which we go forth to shape the future.As a global company that has the ability to change lives for the better throughour dynamic projects and local presence, we at SNC-Lavalin work to shape abetter future for all the citizens of the world, from Montreal to Melbourne andMarrakesh to Moscow. In the end, it is the local villagers, townspeople andcity-dwellers who will use our infrastructures to improve their own lives andshape their own futures in the many decades ahead.Bob CardPresident and Chief Executive Officer“World-class ethicalstandards, safety,environment and qualitycreate the frameworkfrom which we go forthto shape the future.”
  • 4. 04Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013FeatureSuch projects are certainly sustainable, but it could beargued that retrofitting older facilities with clean,mo­dern technology is the most sustainable kind of proj-ect. By incorporating the best available technologies into agingplants, it is possible to dramatically decrease their impacts on theenvironment and local communities, all without building on newsites, using more resources or extending utility networks.“With sustainable retrofits, we’re helping our clients reduce theirenvironmental footprint by reusing old infrastructure and recy-cling what we can into more efficient, less polluting factories,” saidMark Osterman, SNC‑Lavalin’s Vice-President, Environment, incharge of corporate environmental policy. “In just about all cases,sustainable retrofits lead to more efficient factories which costless to operate, perform better and improve the quality of life forthose who live near them.”SNC‑Lavalin teams are currently at work on many projects of thiskind around the world. Three of the largest are the Vale CleanAtmospheric Emissions Reduction (AER) project in Ontario, theBoundary Dam carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project inSaskatchewan, and a modernization and upgrade of a miningequipment, copper smelter and sulphuric acid complex in Bor,Serbia. All three mega-projects demonstrate that it is ­possible tovastly improve the environmental performance of aging industrialfacilities. All it takes are governments with a commitment to aclean future, clients with the will to act, and engineering andconstruction companies with the right expertise.Vale AER: A healthierfuture for SudburyThe region around Sudbury, Ontario, is known as one of the fore-most mining areas in Canada. Companies have been pulling min-erals from its ground for well over a century. But while themining boom has been great for the economic growth of theregion, it has taken a toll on the surrounding environment (a localmyth persists to this day that NASA trained astronauts for itsApollo mission around Sudbury because some areas had beenreduced to a rocky wasteland by acid rain).It is understandable, then, why there is so much enthusiasm inthe area for Vale’s $2-billion environmental retrofit of its Sudburynickel smelter. The facility, which features the tallest smoke-stack in the Western Hemisphere, currently sends around175,000 metric tonnes of acid rain causing SO2 into theSustainable Retrofitting:The Future Looks CleanerWhen people think sustainable projects, they tend to imagine futuristic buildings andfacilities, such as LEED-certified office towers or innovative industrial plants that employstate-of-the-art technologies to minimize waste generation and energy consumption.­atmo­sphere each year. Once the new improvements in technol-ogy are integrated into the plant, however, emissions of the gaswill fall to less than 45,000 metric tonnes per year, well belowthe Ontario government-mandated limit of 66,000.The project will see four new converter vessels—complete withprimary and secondary hoods—incorporated into the facility.There will also be numerous additional process units to reduceemissions and particulate matter into the local atmosphere,as well as a 1,500 tonne-per-day sulphuric acid plant.Project Director Hank Froese finds Vale AER highly rewarding towork on. After a long career of building industrial facilities—including the largest refinery in the world in India—he takes pridein knowing that his work will have a palpable and positive impacton the health of locals.“People in Sudbury are very glad to meet you and shake yourhand when they hear that you’re working on this project,” he said.“I’ve worked on major industrial facilities around the world, soI can tell you that’s not always the case on major jobs. This retro-fit is good for the people of the region, good for Vale, and goodfor SNC‑Lavalin.”     The superstack at Vale’s Sudbury nickel smelter rises 380 metres, making it the tallest chimneyin the Western hemisphere.
  • 5. 05Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Feature“People in Sudbury are veryglad to meet you and shakeyour hand when they hear thatyou’re working on this project.This retrofit is good for thepeople of the region, good forVale, and good forSNC‑Lavalin.”Hank FroeseProject DirectorOnce improvements in technology are integrated into Vale’s Sudbury plant, emissions of SO2 will fall to less than 45,000 metric tonnes per year.
  • 6. Boundary Dam:a showcase for clean coalIn Saskatchewan, SaskPower is testing the limits of CCS tech-nology with a retrofit of one 150-MW unit at its 800-MW coal-fired power plant known as Boundary Dam. Earlier in 2011,SNC‑Lavalin, which is providing full EPC services for the project,integrated a 225-tonne carbon dioxide (CO2) stripper into theunit. The stripper will work as part of a sophisticated amine-based capture process to remove 90% of the CO2 from the fluegas. To this will be added a second amine-based process thatwill remove all SO2 from the flue stream as well.The process used at the Boundary Dam is called “post combustion”because the capture of the CO2 occurs after the combustionpro­­cess that produces the facility’s power. This is the most cost-effective way to proceed for an existing coal facility. When theproject is completed in late 2013, it will be the first commercialscale post-combustion carbon capture project ever implementedon a coal-fired power plant. And once proven at Boundary Dam, thetechnology has the potential to be commercialized worldwide.The project is good for the environment, but it also makeseconomic sense. The CO₂ that is removed will be sold to oilproducers, who can inject it into the ground to coax moreresources from mature wells, while the SO₂ will be convertedinto sulphuric acid for the local market.“This project will create one of the world’s cleanest coal-firedpower plants, in terms of emissions of air pollutants,” said GuyCouturier, Project Sponsor. “The plant will also now be producingtwo commodities of value. Everyone wins when you can turnwaste into valuable products.”RTB Bor: a measurable benefitfor allIn operation since 1903, Serbia’s Bor integrated copper mine andsmelting complex is one of the region’s foremost producers ofcopper and precious metals. During the last two decades ofoperation, however, significant impacts on local rivers, wildlifeand the atmosphere have been observed. Now, with more strin-gent Serbian and EU regulations in place, the state-owned com-plex is taking a leap into the 21st century.SNC‑Lavalin’s involvement began with a contract to evaluate theexisting smelter and produce a feasibility study in June 2010.That led to the current engineering, procurement andconstruction mandate, which includes a new state-of-the-artflash smelter furnace, new hoods, evaporative cooling chambers,a new acid plant and a waste effluent treatment system.The upgrades will yield a dramatic improvement in copper recov-ery and allow the complex to use less fossil fuel. Meanwhile,capturing 98% of the sulphur from the smelter’s SO2 emissions(complying with the EU’s most stringent standards) should havea noticeable impact on the local environment and social benefitsfor residents of Bor.“This project will increase production at the smelter by 225%,while greatly reducing its impact on local residents and theenv­­­ironment,” said Inder Bhasin, Senior Project Manager. “I thinkthat, as a company, we can be proud of our involvement in sucha project.” Boundary Dam – Unit 3:Doing the Workof 23,000 TreesThrough potentially reducingCO₂ emissions of the 150-MW unit by 90%,1.2 million tonnes per yearof GHG emissions could be eliminated fromthe atmosphere. According to the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency, it would take10 years for 23,000 treesto sequester that much CO₂.Guy Couturier (fifth from left in front row) surroundedby the Boundary Dam engineering and management team.The Boundary Dam: soon to be one of the world’s cleanest coal-fired power plants.
  • 7. The upgrades to the RTB Bor complex will yield a dramatic improvement in copper recovery and allow the complex to use less fossil fuel.07Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013FeatureCO2reductionof90%SO2reductionof70%SO2reductionof100%Metalsand dustreductionof35%-40%SO2reductionof98%Vale AER Boundary Dam – unit 3 RTB BORHow they stack up
  • 8. 08Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013SNC‑Lavalin’s District CoolingTeam on a Winning StreakOver the past 12 years, SNC‑Lavalin has become a world leader in astate-of-the-art air conditioning technology known as district cooling.District cooling involves producing chilled water at a central plant, thenpiping it to various buildings where it is used for air conditioning.District Cooling
  • 9. 09Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013District CoolingSNC‑Lavalin’s district cooling hot streak began in 2000,when Tabreed, a world leader in the sector, awarded thecompany a major turnkey engineering, procurement andconstruction (EPC) contract for two district cooling plants forZayed Military City in Abu Dhabi. This and other successes in theEmirates led to the formation of the SNC‑Lavalin GulfContractors (SLGC) joint venture with Tabreed in 2004.“Today, SLGC is the global leader in district-cooling EPC con-tracts,” says Mohamed Youssef, Managing Director of the AbuDhabi-based joint venture. “We are a microcosm of SNC‑Lavalinitself, with all functions in-house. As a competitive local contrac-tor, we adhere to SNC‑Lavalin’s high engineering standards andhealth, safety and environment (HSE) requirements. We areISO 9001- and 14001-certified, and OHSAS 18001-certified foroccupational health and safety.”A string of close to 40  successful projects in the UAE hasrecently opened doors to new opportunities in Saudi Arabia.Current Saudi district cooling contracts include a 27,000-refrig-eration tonne (RT) plant for Aramco at Dharan, two50,000-RT plants in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District,and a 25,000-RT plant at the Jabal Omar Development in Mecca,all scheduled to open shortly. A 10,000-RT district cooling facil-ity has the same power as 20,000  standard window airconditioning units.“We have had excellent feedback from our many UAE and Saudicustomers,” adds Ibrahim Guemei, Projects Director, Kingdom ofSaudi Arabia. “That has strengthened our solid reputation forevery aspect of these comprehensive projects.”That good reputation is widespread in the region. In the UAE, forexample, government bodies and real estate developers appreci-ate SLGC’s cost-efficient approach, and lenders are more likelyto provide financing to these developers if SLGC is involved. “Weprovide the best value over the typical district-cooling project’s40-year life cycle,” says Louis Gosselin, Projects Director, UAE.SLGC’s success is linked directly to the talent and enthusiasmof its people. Like SNC‑Lavalin itself, the SLGC joint venture is amelting pot of top global talent. “We have a cross-cultural teamof employees from many countries,” said Gosselin. “The level ofcollaboration and energy in this team is impressive to seein action.”The team is also enthusiastic about the future of district coolingin the region and beyond. They have their sights set on neigh-bouring nations such as Bahrain and Qatar, which will host theWorld Cup in 2022. There is plenty of demand for district coolingin Qatar as it makes plans to build a new stadium, related infra-structure and residential developments.“We’re even looking at opportunities in India,” adds HanyAbdelsayed, Projects & Proposals Manager. “And our districtcooling expertise can also open the door to our clients for otherSNC‑Lavalin offerings.” A stringof close to40 successful districtcooling projectsin the UAE
  • 10. 10Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Mass TransitCalgary Mass Transit ExtensionUp and RunningBig cities around the world have at least one thing in common: traffic jams on their streetsand highways. Through its world-leading light rapid transit (LRT) expertise, SNC‑Lavalinis playing an important role in easing that congestion by getting people out of cars andonto commuter trains.The SNC‑Lavalin Mass Transit Group recently added a newsuccess story to its growing roster of public transitsystems now in operation around the globe. TheCalgary West Light Rapid Transit (LRT) Extension Project wascompleted on time and was ready for passenger service inlate 2012.The Project, which was awarded in late 2009, is one of Calgary’slargest-ever infrastructure undertakings, its largest design-buildcontract and its first new LRT line in 20 years. It includes aneight-kilometre extension from downtown to the southwest partof the city, six passenger stations, nine traction-power substa-tions, two Park’n’Rides and a major highway interchange.SNC‑Lavalin was chosen because of its extensive experience inurban public transport, including its recent involvement inVancouver’s Canada Line. The company successfully completedthat project a full three months ahead of schedule in 2009.SNC‑Lavalin is the only Canadian company to have singlehand-edly undertaken a design, build, finance, operate and maintainmandate for a large mass transit system.LRTs: Green by natureMass transit projects are, by their very nature, green initiatives,but the Calgary LRT team has incorporated extensive environ-mental considerations across the project to make it a true show-case for sustainability.“Many Calgary road commuters have already switched to thisnew LRT service, cutting their trip downtown by more thanhalf, and eliminating a considerable amount of greenhousegas emissions from the atmosphere,” said Project Director,Dave Weatherby. “Beyond that, the project has acoustic wallsto minimize noise pollution for adjacent residents, and aLEED-certification four-storey office building above one ofthe stations.”The project’s stations were also designed using green principles.Thanks to the east-west alignment of all but one station, pas-sengers are sheltered from wind and summer sunshine, butbenefit from the warmth of winter sunshine. Meanwhile, south-facing windows are equipped with shades, which block high-angle summer sun rays, but let in the lower angle winter sun.
  • 11. 11Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Mass Transit“Many Calgary road commutershave already switched to thisnew LRT service, cutting theirtrip downtown by more thanhalf, and eliminating aconsiderable amount ofgreenhouse gas emissionsfrom the atmosphere.”Dave WeatherbyProject DirectorDemand is strong,and getting strongerThe time is right for this expansion in Calgary. The city’s popula-tion growth is expected to be more than double the Canadiannational average over the next several decades. Calgary’s quicklyexpanding population also likes its mass transit.“The city routinely reports North America’s highest, or second-highest, per-capita public-transit ridership levels, with very highoff-peak usage rates too,” said Kevin Vokey, the project’sTrackwork Design Manager.The LRT expansion is particularly good news for residents, busi-ness owners and workers in the city’s southwest area, where thecurrent population of 90,000 is expected to grow to 120,000over the next 20 years.While the city’s southwest district has always been served bycity buses, steep grades make wintertime bus travel challenging.With the new LRT expansion, however, downtown work andentertainment destinations will be much more accessible what-ever the weather.“The new LRT extension will also help to rejuvenate the south-west,” says Blair Squire, Project Manager for the SNC‑Lavalinjoint venture. “There will be a brand new high school at theterminal, and considerable residential and commercial develop-ment growth, to cite just two examples.”     The opening ceremony for the Calgary West LRT was held on December 8, 2012.
  • 12. 12Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Mass TransitSome members of the Calgary West LRT team took time out in 2011 to pose for a group photo.The po
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