ATCO Frontec and Fort McKay First Nation to Provide Housing to Suncor

by NationTalk on April 28, 20081322 Views

1,148-Room Complex Supports Oil Sands Development North of Fort McMurray

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(April 28, 2008) – Partners ATCO Frontec and the Fort McKay First Nation have been selected by Suncor Energy to create and operate a more than 1,000 room accommodation complex to support oil sands development north of Fort McMurray.In addition to 1,148 rooms in modular units supplied by ATCO Structures, the complex includes a dining room, games room, fitness centre, meeting rooms, television rooms, laundry facilities and on-site parking. The complex, in place for a one-year period, is expected to open on May 25, 2008.

“This first-time opportunity to provide accommodation and services to Suncor builds on our existing business relationship with the Fort McKay Nation,” said Harry Wilmot, President ATCO Frontec. “A project of this magnitude significantly increases ATCO Frontec’s presence in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and once again demonstrates our proven capabilities in the camp services sector.”

Project construction and day-to-day operations will be managed by ATCO Frontec. On-site construction services will be handled by the Fort McKay Group of Companies.

“We are pleased to be working on another large-scale project with ATCO,” said Chief Jim Boucher of the Fort McKay First Nation. “Together, our project team has the experience and resources to meet the accommodation needs of a large energy-industry leader like Suncor.”

The complex for Suncor is located on Fort McKay land across from Creeburn Lake Lodge. The Creeburn Lake Lodge, located 65 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, is the first joint venture between Fort McKay and ATCO Frontec. The initial phase of the 500-room Lodge opened earlier this month and due to market interest, evaluation is underway to consider doubling capacity to 1,000 rooms.

The Fort McKay First Nation is comprised of Cree and Dene people who have a strong historical attachment to the region. Fort McKay is considered one of the most progressive First Nations in Canada, and has established a wide range of oil industry-based companies that provide employment opportunities and revenue for the community. Visit for more information.

ATCO Frontec, a subsidiary of Canadian Utilities Limited, part of the ATCO Group of companies, specializes in the rapid mobilization and delivery of site support and camp services to the resource, defence, transportation, and telecommunications sectors. More information about the company is available at

ATCO Group, an Alberta-based worldwide organization of companies with assets of approximately $8.0 billion and more than 7,800 employees, is comprised of three main business divisions: Power Generation; Utilities (natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution) and Global Enterprises (industrial manufacturing, technology, logistics and energy services).

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For more information, please contact

ATCO Frontec
Harry Wilmot
(403) 245-7748


Fort McKay First Nation
Jim Boucher
(780) 828-2439

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