Wood Products

Westwood got its start in the wood products sector in 1974, and with hundreds of high quality installations built since then, we’ve become a trusted name in the industry. 

With our extensive experience in wood products, we have detailed knowledge of all mill equipment and we’re aware of the budgets and tight deadlines our customers face. In fact, we’ve never missed a project schedule date. 

Our background with proper device and cable installations ensures long-term reliability. With our resources and expertise, we’re able to execute both small and large-scale projects—new installations and retrofits.  Westwood can also support your project with engineering support to perform turn-key projects, equipment procurement (new or used) and constructability or budget assistance.

Westwood wood products project capabilities include: 

  • Plywood and sawmill facilities
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Oriented Strand Board facilities (OSB)

Featured Projects

Alberta Pacific Athabasca Control System Modernization

Westwood was contracted by Alberta Pacific Forest Industries for the installation of new Honeywell DCS cabinets/system to replace existing PLC’s. Westwood also added two new server cabinets, connected new operator consoles, and installed four new Fiber Optic Patch Panels and associated cabling.

Canfor - LP Oriented Strand Board Project

Westwood’s involvement with this project located in Fort St John, BC was the installation of the new building lighting system, 25KV power distribution system to eight unit substations throughout the eleven acre building site, complete grounding system, the installation of 160,000 feet of electrical conduit duct banks throughout the entire site and a site temporary power distribution system. Westwood was also responsible for the coordination between the customer (Canfor-LP), the project electrical engineering group and Westwood’s field installation crews to ensure correct information flow within the project time schedule. Coordination of the construction process with other trades and the electrical installation with inclement winter weather provided constant project challenges. Westwood achieved all project electrical schedules on time.

Domtar Pulp & Paper No.2 Recovery Boiler Re-build

This project was awarded to Westwood in three phases:

Phase 1 included No.2 Recovery Boiler Rebuild which consisted of demolition of the existing electrical systems and complete rebuild and commissioning of the new electrical system.  This project included numerous pre-shut down activities for the installation of cable trays, lighting, motor and control cables and three complete line-ups of medium voltage switchgear and variable frequency drives.  It also included the demolition of the existing electrical systems and complete rebuild and pre-commissioning of the new electrical system.

Phase 2 included the installation of the distribution equipment and building services in new electrical building.

Phase 3 included the installation of EHT on process lines to precipitators, as well as the installation of cable trays and  motor/control cables to the new precipitators.

Tolko Slave Lake Oriented Strand Lumber Project

Westwood was contracted by Tolko Industries Ltd. to provide electrical and instrumentation installation services to their new OSB plant in Slave Lake, Alberta. This project consisted of an eight acre building with complete building and equipment grounding systems. The build services system entailed ten electrical rooms all with separate power distribution systems for secondary voltages of 4160 volts, 600 volts and 208/120 volts. Lighting of the building included approximately 1600 fixtures installed in the main building, the offices, water treatment and stores buildings. The process equipment areas included the Woodroom, EFB, Green Bin storage, GTS energy system, Drying Bin area, Blending with Wax and Resin systems, Forming lines, Press and Finishing lines. This equipment totaled approximately 1000 motors for all these areas. The press is the largest continuous press in the world at time of completion. Westwood’s site crew peaked at just over 200 undertaking 230,000 labour hours to perform this project. These hours were completed without a lost time incident.

Weyerhaeuser Big River Sawmill / Planermill Project

This was a brownfield project with a new sawmill and planermill being built alongside the existing Weyerhaeuser, Big River, SK lumber facility. Westwood was contracted for the complete electrical engineering, project management and installation for this project. As this was a major project, comprehensive constructability and risk assessments were performed early in the project cycle to ensure that the right project was chosen before final engineering proceeded. The remote location was also challenge for this project including equipment and material deliveries, manpower availability, accommodations for employees, etc. Thorough planning in these regards was done well in advance of the site mobilization which reduced these risks substantially. Building a new facility along side the existing operation presented challenges with common utility services. Minimizing the impact to the operations of the existing facilities was a main objective. Service tie-ins and shut downs were well planned and very successful.

Weyerhaeuser Dryden Air Emissions Project

Electrical installation, project management and material management for the installation of a new recovery boiler and precipitator in the existing pulp mill, including the building lighting, 15kV distribution, 4160V & 600V PDC's and MCC's. A Honeywell DCS system and fire alarm system was also installed.

Weyerhaeuser Grande Prairie Recovery Boiler & Precipitator

Westwood was contracted by Weyerhaeuser to undertake the field labour and field support services for the electrical portion of the new recovery boiler building and precipitator building in Grande Prairie, Alberta. This project consisted of a Kvaerner recovery boiler . Westwood also installed two 13.8KV/4160V substations for supply of power to both 3000 HP boiler feedwater pumps, one 13.8KV/600V substation for supply of power to the air fan VFD lineup with a total of 1850 HP and two other 13.8KV substations for supply of power for all other process 600V MCC’s, building services equipment and 120/208V loads. There was also another 13.8KV/600V substation located in the precipitator supplying two 600V MCC’s & two 800 HP ID air fans VFD’s.