Project details

CWA was engaged by Harmac Pacific (formerly Pope & Talbot) to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services for the reconfiguration of the entire wood chip unloading, distribution, and reclaim systems at the pulp mill in Nanaimo, British Columbia.


CWA was responsible for the initial concept and the detailed design of all conveyors and supporting structures, as well as the coordination of their fabrication and installation. A barge unloading system, designed to handle super-size barges from as far as the Alaskan coast, was installed to enable wood fibre to be delivered to the mill by sea.

To provide the berthage for the barge unloading system, six tons of explosives were used to blast off 7,000 tons of rock. The blast was timed to coincide with a narrow window provided by the authorities to minimize the environmental impact