CONCRETE PLANT INTERNATIONAL - PORTABLE BATCH PLANT

CONCRETE PLANT INTERNATIONAL - PORTABLE BATCH PLANT

Portable batch plant, a golden opportunity to get into Alberta's oil sands business. Petroleum industry giants like Imperial Oil are heavily involved in extracting bitumen from several sites in mid-eastern and northern Alberta. It is the largest, but certainly not the only, active oil producer in Cold Lake. And with oil production comes the need for massive amounts of concrete — to support the construction and operation of new and existing processing plants and other infrastructural needs.

The booming oil extraction activity in Cold Lake, AB has long piqued the interest of businessmen Arlie Frolick and Tom Coose - man. Frolick and Cooseman of independent and locally owned and operated company Accurate Concrete saw a golden busi ness opportunity. However, they weren’t sure quite how to go about it, and were stuck debating on the merits of a stationary batch plant versus a portable one. The two men attended the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas, NV in 2012 and there, they met a representative of BMH Systems. 

Accurate Concrete owner Frolick and partner Cooseman soaked up the information BMH Systems provided, and then went back home to Cold Lake to weigh their options. They returned to the 2013 edition of the World of Concrete with a better idea of what they wanted. They’d decided to go with a portable batch plant, since it could produce nearly as much as a stationary plant and had the added benefit of being easily moved without too much of a headache or cost. 

Frolick and Cooseman bought BMH’s medium-sized portable concrete batch plant, the EG-8. The EG-8 — a quick-to-install and versatile batch plant which only requires blocks and no foundation — produces up to 130 cubic yards per hour of dry-mix material. The men from Accurate Concrete were im - pressed by the plant and the computerized batch control systems designed by Mar - cotte that came with it.

Originally, the plan was to temporarily place the plant just outside of Cold Lake in Bonnyville so that Accurate Concrete could begin fulfilling orders as soon as possible. But with orders continually rolling in, Frolick and Cooseman soon realized they probably wouldn’t have to move after all — and so they began building a facility around the portable plant. During that building process, a windstorm swept through Cold Lake, knocking down a wall and damaging parts of the batch plant. BMH Systems travelled to Alberta to survey the damage, and within a week and a half had Accurate Concrete’s plant pumping out concrete again. Accurate Con - crete’s decision to go with BMH Systems as its batch plant supplier paid off in spades at that moment.

Since then, Accurate Concrete’s EG-8 batch plant has been humming along smoothly, producing concrete faster than the trucks can move it — much to the satisfaction of the growing demands of Cold Lake’s oil sands industry.