North Montney Mayhem, the softball team formed out of TC Energy and SMJV workers.
The North Montney Mainline Project (NMML) is a 42-inch pipeline that delivers natural gas from one of the richest resources in Canada to markets across North America. This extension is a critical piece of infrastructure that will provide value to our shareholders for decades to come, but it’s the way the project team delivered it that sets it apart.
“When I think about what went right on this project, what distinguishes it as truly successful, it’s the culture of collaboration that was obvious right from the beginning,” says Paul Godley, Director, Canada Gas Pipeline Implementation. “I’ve never seen such a strong commitment to safety and collaboration between owner and contractor.”
Over the last three years of construction, our TC Energy teams worked in tandem with our contractor Surerus Murphy Joint Venture (SMJV) to overcome significant obstacles:
Zero is real
We say zero is real all the time. We know it’s true because of projects like NMML.
The TC Energy and contracting team worked together like a single unit, finding win/win solutions every day.
Since 2011, TC Energy has been seeking a path to the North Montney. Great work, NMML Team!
To face these challenges, employees of TC Energy and SMJV worked as a single unit, focusing on finding long term solutions, and adjusting processes where necessary.
“One of our tenets of safety is that we want to always be learning from each other and to apply those lessons. It’s not just internally; it applies to work with our contractor too,” says Paul. “When every individual on site feels safe in pointing out hazards, stopping work, and knowing their recommendations will be taken seriously, we call that psychological safety. This project was characterized by that open communication.”
Though it’s the process we want to reinforce and repeat, it’s worth mentioning this approach led to some staggering results.
TC Energy, Director, Canada Gas Pipeline Implementation
“This is really a story about teamwork and trust,” says Dale Madsen, Project Manager. “I simply can’t say enough about the leadership in the field from TC’s Dean Kilgour in NGTL and SMJV’s Paul Kelly. They have immense technical knowledge, and an abiding commitment to safety. Because of that, the TC and SMJV field teams had complete respect for their guidance, and they worked as one team.”
“We’ll have been together as a team for three years as we wrap up on the Kahta section,” says Dale. “Leadership was never called upon to arbitrate between different approaches to safety and procedures. It speaks to incredible problem solving and collaboration in the field.”
Another telling indicator of how well the team gelled is the formation of a softball team, The North Montney Mayhem.
“Delays in construction and site access forced us to work straight through the holidays for a couple of years, but the adversity pulled us together as a team,” says Dale. “We got along so well on the project that some of the workers from TC Energy and SMJV got together and formed a softball team: The North Montney Mayhem. Turns out, we’re pretty terrible ball players, but we sure had a good time, and it was great for morale.”
While the North Montney Mayhem may not have churned out many double plays and extra base hits, they were exceptional at safely laying pipeline in challenging circumstances. Through admirable collaboration and a daily commitment to zero incidents, this team has added a valuable piece of infrastructure to our portfolio, and the mainline is currently reliably deliver the rich resources of the North Montney region.
The NMML extension exemplified our values of safety and collaboration and contributes to our credibility as a reliable and sustainable provider of energy across the continent.
Well done, NMML team!
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