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On the Job for Safe Clean Drinking Water

Gulf Operators Helps Lay the Foundation for a Major Infrastructure Project in Saint John.


July 26, 2016: Gulf Operators is in full swing this summer working on the Safe Clean Drinking Water Project for the City of Saint John.

The $30-million project represents 200,000 person hours of work for Gulf over its 30-month contract. The company expects to award up to 20 subcontracts valued at $10M over the course of the project.

“We’re really excited to be part of this project,” said Matthew Kingston, Project Manager, Gulf Operators. “We started with engineering and initial site preparations in April, but lately we’ve been in full construction mode.”

The project involves:

• 18 km of new water lines
• 300,000 tonnes of aggregate
• New access road at Robertson Lake
• New water intake pipes at Latimore Lake 
• Reconfiguration of pumping station at Spruce Lake 

Gulf Operators, based in Saint John, employs 138 people. With a project this size, the company has been able to hire two new people including a recent UNB engineering graduate.

The major infrastructure project has also allowed Gulf to invest in technology, including the installation of GPS equipment for its excavators, bulldozers and graders.

“Technology is a big factor in our business,” said Kingston. “Supervisors on each job site send real time data via satellite. We are able to track our progress from start to finish. By understanding the data, work flow and resources, we are continuously improving the work and service we provide to our customers."

The project is expected to be complete by late 2018.

About Gulf Operators

Part of the Construction & Equipment Division at J.D. Irving, Limited, Gulf Operators is a Maritime leader in civil construction and one of the largest producers of high quality aggregate in the region. The company employs 138 people.

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