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SNC-Lavalin acquires WS Atkins

Posted on April 24, 2017
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire WS Atkins for $3.6 billion. The overall acquisition price is $4.2 billion including the pension deficit. Headquartered in the UK, Atkins is a respected consultancy in design, engineering, and project management, with a leadership position across the infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors. Tracing its roots back to 1938, Atkins today has 18,000 employees with revenues of approximately £2.0 billion in 2016, and is geographically diversified in the U.S., Middle East [...]

Voith Hydro to begin installation at Riel Converter Station

Posted on April 24, 2017
Voith Hydro Canada and Stuart Olson Industrial Constructors Inc. are ready to begin the mechanical portion of the installation process at the Riel Converter Station, which is under construction in southern Manitoba. Essential equipment assemblies are currently making their way to the site so that the four Synchronous Condenser units can be installed at the station. The station is part of Manitoba Hydro’s Bipole III Transmission Line Project. The first major piece of equipment, one of the stators, or the stationary portion of the Synchronous Condenser [...]

York Region announces $4.7B in capital spending over 10 years

Posted on April 21, 2017
The Regional Municipality of York has announced that it will invest a total of $4.7 billion in capital projects over the next decade. York Regional Council received updates on roads, transit, water and wastewater infrastructure investments needed to provide accessible travel options, safe and reliable water and wastewater services, and support growing communities. “York Region continues to plan and invest in the future of our communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Building and maintaining our road network, ensuring ease [...]

Construction begins on Martensville and Warman overpasses

Posted on April 21, 2017
Construction is now underway on a $60.6 million project to build overpasses on Highway 11 near Warman and Highway 12 at Martensville, Saskatchewan. “Strategic infrastructure investments help address congestion and bottlenecks along vital transportation corridors, and around hubs and ports,” said Ralph Goodale, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.  “Investing in projects such as these interchanges in Martensville and Warman will help shorten travel times [...]

Nominations open for QUEST smart energy communities award

Posted on April 21, 2017
Yesterday, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) announced that nominations are now open for their 2017 Smart Energy Communities Awards, which will be presented November 7, 2017 at QUEST’s 11th Annual Conference and Tradeshow, QUEST2017 — Smart Energy Communities on the Hill in Ottawa. The Smart Energy Communities Awards are presented annually to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada through: Energy Integration, Energy Efficiency, Energy Collaboration, and the Broader Good. The categories represent [...]

Report suggests weak business case for Site C Project

Posted on April 20, 2017
The University of British Columbia’s Program on Water Governance has released a new report that suggests that continuing with the Site C hydroelectric project will cost ratepayers approximately $1.5 billion more than if alternative energy projects had been developed. The Program stated that the purpose of the new report is to provide deeper insight to government, policy-makers, and the general public regarding the economics of the Site C Project. The report addresses whether the Site C Project is past the point of no return from an economic perspective. The [...]

Alta. highways to receive $535M investment

Posted on April 20, 2017
The governments of Alberta and Canada have announced that they will invest a combined $535 million in highway projects across the province. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, have announced funding for 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects in Alberta, totalling 96 subcomponent construction projects across the province. The federal government is providing funding for up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for [...]

Alta. county invests 59 per cent of capital spending in roads

Posted on April 20, 2017
Alberta’s County of Grande Prairie has made investing in roads is a priority for its 2017 budget. The $132.1 million budget includes estimated expenditures of $56.4 million for capital projects, 59 per cent of which is being allocated to road projects, and $75.7 million for general operations. Approximately $33.2 million is being invested in capital road projects. The proposed new construction includes 29.3 km of road surfacing including the paving of gravel roads, surfaced road overlays, and re-construction, with divisional road projects to be determined [...]

Report: Sell municipal hydro assets to free capital for infrastructure

Posted on April 20, 2017
A new report from the C.D. Howe Institute has recommended that Canadian cities sell their local electricity distribution companies (LDCs) and recycle the capital into infrastructure investments. Capital from the sale of electricity distribution companies should be invested in critical municipal infrastructure, said the new report. In Surge Capacity: Selling City-owned Electricity Distributors to Meet Broader Municipal Infrastructure Needs, author Steven Robins wrote why there is no compelling public policy rationale for municipalities to hold these assets. "There's [...]

Prov. approves special authority to investigate Manitoba Hydro

Posted on April 19, 2017
The Manitoba government has passed an Order in Council (OIC) providing the Public Utilities Board (PUB) with special authority to access information on Manitoba Hydro’s financial health, capital expenditure plans, cost overruns, and asset values during the process of the 2017–18 General Rate Application (GRA). The announcement was made by Finance Minister Cameron Friesen, minister responsible for the PUB, who said, “Serious concerns have been raised in recent months about the debt of Manitoba Hydro and its impact on both the corporation and the province’s [...]
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