Kiewit hiring 70 welders for Marystown

Company has ‘every intention’ of using local hires for Hebron work

Ashley Fitzpatrick afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com
Published on August 23, 2013
Kiewit Offshore Services Cow Head facility in Marystown. — Telegram file photo

Hebron project work at Bull Arm is requiring more and more skilled trades workers, but construction work in Marystown is also progressing.

The drilling support module for the $14-billion Hebron platform — a section of the platform’s topsides — is being built by Kiewit Offshore Services in Marystown. That contract work has led to a recent call for welders, 70 welders, by the company.

“We are committed to working with our local partners, including our union partners and subcontractors, to hire skilled welders from Newfoundland and Labrador,” stated spokeswoman Nicole Noren, in an emailed response to questions this week.

The company is looking to connect with apprentice and journeyperson welders who have an interest in the project work, according to public advertisements.

Kiewit staff were asked whether or not the company expects to bring in temporary foreign workers.

As previously reported by The Telegram, Vale Newfoundland and Labrador has brought in about 30 specialized welders from Ireland for construction of its new processing plant at Long Harbour. Those welders hold different skill sets and certifications.

“We have every intention of hiring locally from the province,” Noren stated of Kiewit’s needs.

“We have recently set up a training school to offer local people with limited industry experience or formal training the chance to train and further develop their welding skills.”

The company, she stated, is set on bringing the job in on schedule, “while maximizing employment opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

First steel for the module was cut at the Kiewit Cow Head fabrication facility on May 14.

At that time, a rep for the company told TC Media work in Marystown on the drilling support module was expected to last about two years and provide about 350 construction jobs at peak.

The drilling support module is one of two key modules of the Hebron project being built in Newfoundland and Labrador. The other is the living quarters module, to be built at Nalcor Energy’s Bull Arm Fabrication Site.

A Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors (KKC) joint venture is completing what will be the base of the Hebron offshore structure, also at Bull Arm.