– Jacek Morawski
– Oilsands Infrastructure Relocation
When an oil sands mine pit is depleted and new mine pits are being accessed, the existing inpit
facilities, such as oil sands crushers, conveyors, surge bin, slurry preparation facilities,
pump houses and substations, need to be removed from the mine pit in preparation for the
storage of tailings, subsequent reclamation and final closure. In many instances the most
economical solution will be to relocate these facilities as oppose to demolition and rebuild
A lot of planning is required to overcome the challenges, master the complexity of a relocation
plan, provide the design and engineering and execution scheduling of the relocation amidst a
fully operational plant. Typically the preparation for the relocation of these large structures
takes many years whilst the execution may only take a few intense months.
This presentation will include examples from AMEC’s successful involvement in some of these
unique oil sands projects and will describe the challenges that were overcome.
Jacek holds a bachelor of Civil Engineering with great distinction from McGill University (1978)
and a Master of Applied Science from University of Toronto (1980).
Jacek is the Director of Engineering for AMEC Foster Wheeler, Oil and Gas Canada. He was
appointed Director of Engineering for AMEC Oil Sands in 2006. He is on the AMEC Americas
Engineering Management team where his role ensures state of the art engineering execution in
Jacek is a structural engineer who has worked in the energy, infrastructure, mining and metals
and oil and gas sectors. He joined AMEC in 1980 as a junior engineer and worked his way up
through Engineering and Project Management in home office, site and operating plants in
various locations around the world to achieve his present role.
His work encompasses multi-billion dollar projects in engineering management and project
management roles on all phases of multi-billion dollars projects.
Jacek’s wide experiences in a management capacity include Thermal Power, Aluminium and
Magnesium smelters, pulp and paper mills; the Hibernia offshore Oil Production Facility; the
Syncrude Aurora Bitumen Production facilities, the Fort Hills concept select phases for the
Bitumen Production Facility and the Kearl Bitumen Production Facility FEED Work.