Our Earthworks division is a major force in the heavy equipment industry. Our fleet of over 100 pieces of equipment is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

By providing extensive and ongoing equipment operator training to employees, we ensure that our operators work safely and professionally at all times. Our priority is safety, knowledge and professionalism, which sets us apart from and above the competition. We are diversified in our abilities and specialize in areas specific to the oil sands industry.

Services ranging from, but not limited to:

  • Truck loading, hauling and placing
  • MFT Pond Cleanout
  • Drill Pads construction
  • Internal Drains construction
  • Excavation
  • Shovel pits and “clean-up” duties
  • Road construction for light vehicles and heavy haulers
  • Road Maintenance – sanding, grading and berm building
  • Dyke construction including sand blanket and sand keys
  • Dewatering
  • Reclamation removal and soil placement
  • Snow removal and Site Services
  • Trenching
  • Technical support including Surveyors, Project Management and Estimators


Equipment ranging from, but not limited to:

  • Haul Trucks 
  • Backhoes
  • Dozers 
  • Graders 
  • Loaders
  • Pump trucks
  • Mid-sized excavators


Albian Compensation Lake

From January 2017 the Fort McKay Group of Companies Earthworks division provided services to the Albian Compensation Lake Project.  Located on the Albian site, south of the Muskeg river, the two-part project occurred over an eight-month period and required about 100,000 man-hours to complete. 

The project was tackled in two phases: completion of the shoreline, followed by bulk excavation.  The Earthworks team began by excavating the unusable material, then replaced the shore and bottom of the lake with sand.  They also created the inlet and outlet for the river to flow in and out – the lake is now fed by the Muskeg River.


All of the work for the Albian Compensation Lake Project was completed safely and conformed to strict government regulations. The project was ultimately successful. It was finished on time and under budget, and most importantly, everyone went home safely.


Overflow Seepage Ditch

Project Overview

From February 2017 until June 2017, the Fort McKay Group of Companies Earthworks division worked on a project to construct an overflow seepage ditch with a concrete precast structure. Located on the Albian site at the Jack Pine tailings area, the project involved creating a ditch to handle an overflow flood, and direct it to another holding area. This was done by assembling precast concrete structures to form an overflow inlet and outlet and required the organization of cranes and personnel. There was also a 500m section of corrugated plastic pipe that was put together and placed in a trench to finish off the system.


Completion of the project required 22,000 man-hours. The seepage ditch was constructed on time and under budget, and most importantly, everyone went home safely.

To preserve and propel the Fort McKay First Nation and better the lives of Indigenous peoples.