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More Money for B.C. Transportation

Posted on September 8, 2008
Vancouver, B.C.- Last week, the federal government, under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative Transportation Infrastructure Fund, announced an investment of a total of up to $20.9 million in five shortsea shipping projects and two road projects in the British Columbia Lower Mainland. This represents a potential $43.5-million joint investment with private sector transportation service providers and municipalities in the region. These projects will establish a network of complementary shortsea shipping services in the Lower Mainland that will [...]

Canada and B.C. Partner to Improve Highway 97

Posted on September 4, 2008
Quesnel, B.C.—Highway improvement initiatives along Highway 97 today received $21.5 million in joint funding from the federal and British Columbia governments. The highway improvements will involve creating four lanes along a 3.2-km stretch of Highway 97 from Dale Lake Road to Dragon Lake Road as well as replacing the existing Hixon Bridge with a new four-lane structure. Both initiatives are expected to be completed by fall 2009. [...]

New Money, New Reports

Posted on September 4, 2008
The federal government continues its deal-making spree this week, signing agreements with the provinces of Alberta and Quebec. Through Building Canada, Quebec will get $4 billion and Alberta will get about $1.8 billion. With new funding coming in, Quebec's city hall is putting together a progress report about the $401 million it plans to spend this year on infrastructure repairs--193 projects across Montreal Island are penciled in for this year for road, sidewalk and waterworks repairs. [...]

Feds Invest $3.5M in B.C. Transportation

Posted on September 3, 2008
The federal government, under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, is investing $3.5 million in two road projects in Prince George, B.C. This represents a joint investment in excess of $7 million with the City of Prince George. Richard Harris, MP for Cariboo-Prince George, made the announcement yesterday on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities and James Moore, secretary of state (Asia-Pacific Gateway) (2010 Olympics) (Official Languages). Improvements to two concurrent sections of River Road were [...]

QGI Awarded Rail Review Contract

Posted on August 29, 2008
Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities today announced the selection of QGI, an Edmonton consulting company, to conduct the first two projects for the rail freight service review, following an RFP issued July 24, 2008. The rail freight review, which will be conducted in two stages, may take up to 18 months to complete. The first stage, which is now underway, consists of research related to the rail-based logistics system. The second stage will be led by a panel of three eminent persons who will develop recommendations [...]

Renewable Energy Announcements

Posted on August 22, 2008
Seven renewable energy projects across Canada will see funding as investments from the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. In British Columbia, the Kwalsa low-impact hydro project near Harrison Lake will benefit from an investment of up to $35 million. When complete, the Kwalsa Energy Project will have a total capacity of 90 megawatts from eight turbines operating on four waterways around Harrison Lake at Douglas, Fire, Stokke and Tipella Creeks. The peak electricity demands of more than 27,000 households can be met with that amount of clean electricity [...]

EPCOR and Siemens: Near-Zero Emissions Coal-Fueled Power Facility

Posted on August 18, 2008
A three-year initiative to design and engineer Canada's first near-zero emission thermal power plant reached a milestone last week when EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) selected Siemens Fuel Gasification Technology GmbH & Co. KG (Siemens) as the technology provider for the design of a coal gasification facility. The selection is the latest step in the EPCOR-led Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) of an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology power plant that could deliver improved air quality and capture carbon emissions for permanent [...]
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