Over 89,000 L of Oil Protection In Place at Northern Ontario Mine With Albarrie’s Secondary Oil Containment Systems

Several Albarrie Secondary Oil Containment Systems were successfully installed recently at a Northern Ontario Mining site undergoing massive expansion. The four installation projects included EsterWeb™ and SorbWeb™ Plus Secondary Oil Containment Systems for FR3, Hyvolt I, and Nytro 10X Transformer oils, with the largest containment volume being 30,790 liters and the smallest being 8,082 liters. All containments will total 89,246 liters.

Albarrie’s containment designs are specifically engineered to meet the unique requirements of each transformer site, considering everything from soil permeability, grading plan, transformer foundation, geographic location, intrusions in the containment area, equipment layout, design plan, budgetary restrictions, and of course, IEEE Guidelines for Secondary Oil Containment and SPCC Rules/MOE Requirements.    

Installation of SorbWeb Secondary Containment System at Northern Ontario Mine.
Complete above-ground SorbWeb Secondary Containment System with fire-quenching stones and fiberglass walls.

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Generally, Albarrie’s Secondary Oil Containment Systems are installed underground around the transformer pad. However, this mining site presented a unique situation with some transformers placed on bedrock, which didn’t permit suitable drainage. In these instances, the client chose to construct the traditional Albarrie containment system but with an above-ground fiberglass walled perimeter rather than endure the additional costs of excavating into hard bedrock. In addition, the mine also initiated numerous projects where Albarrie containment systems were designed to surround two or more transformers near each other. Both solutions saved the client significant money on installation costs.

EsterWeb Secondary Containment installation with Fiberglass walls

Upon arriving at each site, the Albarrie engineering team can reassess and make changes to the design in real-time when site plans or activities have changed. For example, during two of the five mining projects, the containment footprint was adjusted from the original design to accommodate the anchoring post placement for the Fiberglass wall installation.

Most of this mine’s projects were completed in late Fall when snow was already present. However, snowfall was inconsequential to the installation timeline, and each project took between four and ten days to complete, depending on the containment size.

Albarrie's Secondary Containment System installation during snowfall.
Snowfall and freezing temps don’t impede installation. The containment still functions in subzero conditions.

Albarrie will complete a fifth project for this Northern Ontario Mine with two more separate containments for two transformers. Once completed, six Secondary Oil Containment Systems will be in place that meets the client’s needs and regulatory requirements while protecting the local environment against catastrophic transformer oil spills.

Albarrie's Sorweb's Oilmat installation at Northern Ontario Mine | Albarrie
OilMat is installed on containment floor. This smart fabric technology turns into an impermeable barrier once activated by oil, preventing it from escaping outside the containment area.
Installation of Albarrie's SAM mat for SorbWeb containments in Northern Ontario Mine
Albarrie’s Smart Fabric, SAM, is installed above the Oilmat to help manage chronic leaks, but keeps the containment ready in case of a catastrophic spill occurs,

Albarrie’s innovative Secondary Oil Containment Systems have enabled the company to achieve remarkable success with thousands of installations. With our experienced engineering team, Albarrie is committed to meeting its client’s needs across North America. We take immense pride in providing a service that conserves our environment from the threat of transformer oil spills and leaks while helping our customers adhere to government regulations and save money.

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Around-the-clock protection from chronic transformer oil leaks and catastrophic spills at a lower cost than traditional containment systems.