Lakeland College had a lot to celebrate this fall. Beginning construction in July of 2013, the $17.5 million Energy Centre celebrated its grand opening in August of 2015.
We were fortunate to get a tour of the lab in April during the final stages of construction and commissioning. The brand new, two-story, 2400 sq metre building includes a large power engineering and heavy oil lab with four types of boilers. (Once through, D-type water-tube, O-tube, and fire-tube)
The lab includes breakout training rooms, water treatment technology, and HVAC refrigeration equipment in addition to the boilers.
Students using the lab will be able to see the direct benefit of their trade. The work they’re completing in the lab will provide electricity and heat for the Lloydminster campus allowing students to see the direct benefit of their skills.
Although students were not currently using the facility, they were able to participate in the commissioning and start-up of the new lab. An experience Kara Johnston, the Dean of the Energy, Entrepreneurship and Aboriginal Programming at Lakeland College suggested is a unique opportunity that will benefit the students for the rest of their careers. Historically, many power engineers do not have the chance to participate in commissioning throughout their careers.
In 2012, Canadian Natural pledged $500,000 to Lakeland College’s Centennial Campaign. This money was used to help the college offer more petroleum-related programming through the construction of the new Energy Centre. You can learn more about the initial donation here. Donations such as this one align with our education and training initiatives, one of the top priorities guiding Canadian Natural’s community investment decisions. We strongly believe that education and training are fundamental to our mission of developing a more skilled workforce and creating more sustainable communities in the areas where we operate.
We would like to congratulate Lakeland College on their new Energy Centre. The facility truly is state of the art and the students who use the lab will be gaining hands-on practical knowledge that will aide them in their career path in the field. Congrats!