February 02, 2010 10:08 ET

CH2M HILL Completes Ice Road for Savant Alaska

27.5 Mile Road Protects Tundra, Completed 11 Days Ahead of Schedule

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, procurement, construction, and operations firm, announced today that it completed a 27.5 mile (44.25 km) tundra ice road on the North Slope of Alaska on January 4, 2010, 11 days ahead of schedule and on-budget.

Savant Alaska, LLC hired CH2M HILL to be the lead contractor for the Badami Unit Redevelopment Project, 2009-2010 Tundra Winter road. The road was needed to transport equipment from the North Slope of Alaska to the Badami field, including a 2.5 million pound (1.32 million kilos) drilling rig.

A completed ice road ranges from a minimum of six inches thick to five feet at river and road crossings. It is made by mixing snow and ice with water making a solid, stable base coating protecting the tundra. An ice road is used to ensure that there is no damage to the environment while transporting materials to remote drilling sites.

The road was built in 32 days with no safety incidents or impact to the environment and 70 days sooner than the sea ice route constructed in 2009 by a competitor.

"CH2M HILL is proud to safely deliver projects in some of the world's most challenging environments," said Garry Higdem, president, CH2M HILL Energy Division. "We are very pleased to work with Savant Alaska on this important project and are proud of our team's outstanding performance."


Headquartered near Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $6.4 billion in revenue and 25,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2009). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer. Visit

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