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Lafarge plant to use tires as fuel

Posted on July 6, 2017
The Lafarge Canada plant in Brookfield, N.S. has been granted permission to experiment with the use of used tires as a fuel source for the plant. According to an article from the CBC, the Nova Scotia Environment Department has granted permission for the one-year pilot project, which Lafarge will run in a partnership with Dalhousie University. The company will be allowed to substitute up to 15 per cent of its current fuel with recycled tires. Traditionally, Lafarge has burned coal as a fuel source at its cement plants across Canada. However, for the [...]

NB Power posts $27M in earnings despite $30M in storm impact

Posted on June 28, 2017
In 2017, NB Power recorded earnings of $27 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year despite significant challenges posed by the $30-million impact of January’s ice storm, which did unprecedented damage to the utility’s infrastructure. Several key operational initiatives advanced during 2017 included the Mactaquac Generating Station decision, which will be a capital project proposed in the utility’s 2018 year. To extend the station beyond 2030 to meet its 100-year lifespan of termination in 2068 will require upwards of a $3.6 billion investment. Other [...]

Construction beings on Dartmouth General Hospital expansion

Posted on June 27, 2017
Today, construction began on Dartmouth General Hospital Expansion and the second of three tenders for construction was released. The expansion and renovations involve construction of space for 48 beds on the fifth floor, eight operating rooms (replacing four existing operating rooms and adding four more) and extensive upgrades to areas including pharmacy and diagnostic imaging. “It’s exciting to see excavators, backhoes and construction crews preparing the foundation for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of [...]

Fredericton, NB, receives funding for roads, culverts

Posted on June 23, 2017
The provincial government and the City of Fredericton will jointly fund several infrastructure projects this year under the Municipal Designated Highway Program. “New Brunswick’s capital city is an economic leader in New Brunswick,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Maintaining modern infrastructure is key to continued growth, and we are pleased to be able to work with the City of Fredericton on some of these important projects.” Paving will be completed on Hanwell Road, Regent Street and Waterloo Row. Culverts [...]

NB Power, TransAlta agree to add capacity at Kent Hills

Posted on June 21, 2017
NB Power and TransAlta, a subsidiary of TransAlta Renewables Inc., have agreed to add 17.25 MW of wind-generating capacity at its existing Kent Hills site. The existing wind farm accounts for 150 MW of capacity and consists of two separate projects. This planned project is known as Kent Hills 3. Subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of a successful engagement process with First Nations and other stakeholders, it is expected to begin operation in late 2018. It will supply additional generation and make up for lower-than-anticipated energy [...]

Climate change action items lack implementation plans: N.B. auditor general

Posted on June 20, 2017
Auditor General Kim MacPherson has tabled her report assessing New Brunswick’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to climate change. This report is part of ongoing work on climate change by all auditor’ general across Canada. Emissions in New Brunswick have declined from their peak in 2005 and reduction targets set for 2020 in the provincial climate change action plan are on track to be met. However, MacPherson found emissions are not projected to decline much further under the status quo, and meeting 2030 and 2050 [...]

Hines named Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister for Nova Scotia

Posted on June 16, 2017
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has unveiled his new cabinet, with Lloyd Hines taking over as the new minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal. Hines was first elected as the MLA for the riding of Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie in 2013, and was re-elected in last month’s general election. Before last month’s election, Hines served in McNeil’s cabinet as the minister of natural resources. Prior to his election in 2013, he served as a municipal warden in the Municipality of Gusborough. The former minister of transportation [...]

Governments announce $45.4 million for Trans Labrador Highway

Posted on June 14, 2017
The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced $45.4 million to improve a section of the Trans Labrador Highway. The project consists of the widening and paving of Route 510 from Charlottetown junction to Cartwright junction. Once complete, it will improve the quality of life for local residents, encourage tourism in the region and facilitate the movement of goods across the province. "The Trans Labrador Highway project is extremely important to Labradorians, and is vital to the economic development of the region,” said Dwight [...]

PEI Commits funding to recruit construction workers

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Prince Edward Island construction sector has immediate needs for 500-750 workers and as many as 1,800 workers will be needed over the next 10 years to keep pace with major projects, retirements, and an upswing in the sector. In anticipation of the workforce demands, the Government of Prince Edward Island has partnered with the Construction Association of Prince Edward Island to support new training and employment opportunities in the province’s fast-growing construction industry. “Non-residential investment in construction in PEI has the fastest [...]

New Brunswick signs contract for innovative culvert assessment

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Government of New Brunswick has signed a contract with a Fredericton engineering company that is changing the way culverts are assessed. “Your government understands that transportation infrastructure is vital to the safety of the travelling public and the competitiveness of our industries,” said transportation and infrastructure minister Bill Fraser. “Timely maintenance of infrastructure like culverts preserves its lifespan and costs less than replacement.” Inversa Systems has developed technology that allows for a more efficient inspection [...]
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