Dave Hill, vice-president of LamSar Industrial Contractors, said it has been contracted to build 20 modules for Osum Oil Sands Corp. and ship them west to its project near Cold Lake, Alberta.
Modules are sections of industrial process facilities built in smaller pieces that can be shipped in and assembled together onsite.
"We just started on them," Hill
"It's a little bit over a year's worth of work."
At its peak, the contract will employ about 45 people at LamSar in Sarnia
added the contract with Osum may be just the beginning.
"They inject steam into the ground and the bituman and the condensate comes up, and the water is treated so it can be resent," Hill
Osum is building a 35,000-barrel-per-day project near Cold Lake, but it's just one of a number of oil sands projects that Ontario manufacturers and suppliers are hoping to do business with.
Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment says oil sands projects are expected to generate capital projects worth $160 billion by 2020.
"This is the first time we've fabricated process modules for Alberta," Hill
The amount of work being done in the oil sands has oil companies looking beyond suppliers in western Canada, opening the door to companies in Sarnia
with experience working in Chemical Valley.
"We have the resources locally, we have the skilled trades, we have the capacity and I think we have the ability to ship certain size process modules, at a reasonable cost, out to Alberta," Hill