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Eastern Power Corridor a Possibility

Posted on March 26, 2009
Irving Oil, a privately held refiner and gasoline retailer, is planning to create an energy corridor that could deliver as much as 1,500 megawatts of power from New Brunswick to the U.S. Northeast, according to Reuters. The project was discussed during a press conference with New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham and Maine Governor John Baldacci in Saint John. The corridor would move electricity and natural gas between the Maritimes and New England. Irving has launched a feasibility study into developing the initial stage of the corridor-the first phase [...]

Canada's Environment Ministers Agree on Clean Water

Posted on February 20, 2009
Nova Scotia has joined the federal government and other provinces and territories in endorsing a Canada-wide strategy for managing municipal wastewater effluent. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the Council of Canadian Ministers of Environment (CCME) in Whitehorse, Yukon this week. The strategy sets out a framework to be followed by all participating jurisdictions to manage discharges from more than 3,500 wastewater facilities in Canada, many of which need repair and upgrading. The plan's 68 actions include a commitment that Nova Scotia participate [...]

IST Awarded Two Contracts Totaling $20M

Posted on January 20, 2009
Innovative Steam Technologies, part of Aecon Group, has been awarded two contracts valued at over $20 million to supply its Once-Through Steam Generator units to Nova Scotia Power Incorporated and Holmen Paper's Peninsular Cogeneration in Spain. Under the terms of the first contract, IST will design and supply two OTSG units to the Tufts Cove Thermal Generating Station in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The units are scheduled for an April 2010 delivery. The contract is based on the design and supply of two OTSGs which will recover waste heat from two existing [...]

Atlantic Canada Sees New Border Crossing

Posted on December 18, 2008
New Brunswick officially opened a new 23-kilometre section of highway in St. Stephen, thus leading towards the completion of the first new border crossing to the United States in Atlantic Canada in 30 years. The federal government has contributed $30 million towards the St. Stephen bypass project through the $600 million Border Infrastructure Fund. The fund provides financial assistance for infrastructure projects that reduce border congestion, improve the flow of goods and services, and expand existing infrastructure. The newly constructed highway [...]

Upping Infra Budgets

Posted on December 17, 2008
Leading up to the a first ministers' meeting on January 16 and the budget announcements on January 27, it's meeting-a-palooza in Ottawa and across the country. Halifax's Metro News reports that Atlantic ministers asked for-what else-more money at an infrastructure summit in Halifax this week. Federal Infrastructure Minister John Baird listened to Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald, who is looking for a speedier approval process for a number of projects such as transportation corridors, schools, and hospitals. "We have a number of infrastructure [...]

N.B. Releases Brownfield Redevelopment Plan

Posted on December 17, 2008
A comprehensive plan for brownfield redevelopment was released this week by Environment Minister Roland Haché. "By remediating and revitalizing urban brownfield properties we are contributing to the long-term sustainability of provincial communities, stimulating economic growth, and supporting New Brunswick's progress toward self-sufficiency by 2026," Haché said. The plan targets four key areas: improving New Brunswick's regulatory system for contaminated sites, developing appropriate incentives for redevelopment, harmonizing New Brunswick's approach [...]

NS Celebrates Twinned Highway

Posted on December 8, 2008
The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have marked the completion of the 11.8 kilometres of twinned Highway 101 between Falmouth and Avonport, N.S. The cost to twin the section of Highway 101 was about $47 million, and it took four years to complete. Minor work, including centre-line painting and other finishing,  is expected to be completed within weeks. The twinning of Highway 101 between Mount Uniacke and Ellershouse was completed in 2004 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, a federal-provincial initiative. The section between [...]

Concrete Falls from Halifax Overpass

Posted on November 18, 2008
Over the weekend, several concrete chunks fell off an overpass in Halifax onto the road below Saturday morning, damaging a car and closing the busy thoroughfare, reports the Canwest News Service. A Halifax police spokesman said debris from the Dunbrack Street overpass landed on a car travelling on Highway 102, causing minor damage but no injury to the driver. He said engineers from the province's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal responded to the driver's call and closed the roadway on the northern edge of Halifax. After examining [...]

Demand from Oil and Gas Sectors Equals Expansion for NL firm

Posted on November 18, 2008
Newfoundland and Labrador's black gold rush is creating a spin-off bonanza. Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd.  is among the firms that is taking full advantage of opportunities to provide goods and services to the province's booming oil and gas industry. Grand Bank-based manufacturer and exporter of specialized inflatable shelters is expanding its operation to meet increased demand for its specialized products from the oil and gas markets. Dynamic Air Shelters will receive $400,000 in provincial assistance to support this expansion, which will result an increase [...]

Hundreds of Kilometres Paved During 2008 Construction Season: N.S.

Posted on November 7, 2008
Nova Scotians benefitted from of about 475 kilometres of newly paved roads during the 2008 construction season. The paving was part of $374.7 million invested in the fiscal year 2008-09 for paving and road construction, building and repairing bridges, and filling potholes. The total represents a 15 per cent increase over last year. Nova Scotia recently ranked second in Canada for having the best transportation infrastructure in the country, in a study conducted by the Fraser Institute. The two categories of transportation performance in the study were [...]
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