Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek / Gull Bay – Water System Upgrades

Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA), AKA Gull Bay First Nation

Water System Upgrades

The KZA (Gull Bay) First Nation is located approximately 200km North of Thunder Bay on the west shore of Lake Nipigon. Neegan Burnside retained Eramosa to provide electrical, SCADA and I&C design services as well as contract administration services for a new water treatment plant and distribution system to replace the existing facilities. 

$1.4M engineering

$21M construction

IT/OT integration

The electrical design consisted of a new incoming service, 250kW outdoor standby generator and main plant MCC. A new low lift pumping station was constructed with a dedicated MCC fed from the main plant. A new SCADA system complete with PLCs and HMI’s located throughout the plant will be provided.

The SCADA system also interfaces to several vendor packages such as slow sand filter, UV disinfection, and Ozone treatment. The design included direct Ethernet connections to equipment, devices and instruments adapting operational technology (OT) in order to accommodate remote access as a first line of support. Wireless access points are located throughout the plant to provide mobile connectivity to SCADA within the confines of the plant.

A dedicated security system including video monitoring is being provided. SCADA connectivity is provided using satellite communications given the remote area in which the facility is located and the relatively low availability of more commonly used communications mediums. 

As part of the project, Eramosa is also providing SCADA system integration and network/IT configuration services. The new SCADA graphics are being developed in alignment with the ISA 101 standard for HMI design, specifically using high-performance HMI design concepts.

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