Removable utility body for half ton pickup trucks

F l e e t w e s t Transferable Truck Bodies has started delivering a new product for its Load’N’Go line, the Lowboy. Load’N’Go is the industry’s first fully High-performance engines for gas compression market The new 275GL Series engines combines the robust construction and reliable op- removable and transferable, full size, steel utility body. The Lowboy incorporates Load’N’Go’s ease of transferability while being light enough to be utilized in the half ton pick-up truck market. Enormous storage and the security of steel combined with light aluminum diamond plate are the foundation of this utility bed. The Load’N’Go is a steel transferable service body with aluminum diamond plate, full length side boxes, and a 1000 pound capacity slide out drawer that universally fits Ford, Dodge and GM pickup trucks. Load’N’Go has a “no holes drilled installation” and built in forklift tunnels for easy transfer from one pick-up to another.

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Mongeau joins Cenovus Board of Directors

Cenovus Energy Inc. announced the appointment of Claude Mongeau to its Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Mongeau was with Canadian National Railway Company for 22 years, including serving as the company’s President & Chief Executive Officer for six and a half years before he stepped down from his role in July 2016. Mr. Mongeau has also held a number of other senior leadership roles during his business career.

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IEC publishes state of the art guidance for the avoidance of hazards due to static electricity.

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Scotford Refinery project increases hydrocracker production capacity 20 percent

Shell has successfully completed a major growth project at its Scotford Refinery near Edmonton, Alberta that will increase hydrocracker production capacity by 20 percent. The project was completed through the debottlenecking of the hydrocracker, a core refining unit for making transportation fuels, such as diesel and jet fuel. The debottlenecking process replaces vessels, compressors and feed pumps to allow a greater volume of heavy crude oil to be processed.

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CCOHS workplace survey seeks insights to inspire positive changes in safety

What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Federal government approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines

A tanker at anchor in Vancouver harbour.  – Photo from Flickr user Jennifer C., used under Creative Commons license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Canada's federal government has approved two major pipeline expansions, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Line 3 replacement proposed by Enbridge. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr and Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced the approvals, which will create an estimated 23,000 new jobs during construction and expand global markets for Canadian oil by removing a major bottleneck in the flow of product to refineries and other buyers.

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Baker Hughes, CSL Capital and WSEP agree to form land pressure pumping company

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Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project signs agreement with Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs

TransCanada Corporation announced that its Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project (PRGT) has signed a project agreement with 12 hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan Nation. The hereditary chiefs each represent a Wilp (house group) whose territory is affected by the project route. The agreement outlines economic and employment benefits as well as other commitments that will be provided for as long as the project is in service.

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Northern Blizzard sells non-core Viking light-oil assets

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NEB says no to TransCanada tariff amendments

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TransCanada applied to amend the tariff that applies to its Storage Transportation Service and Storage Transportation Service–Linked. These services allow shippers to move their gas to and from storage in order to manage both seasonal and daily fluctuations in their market demand.

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Wireless monitoring proves more efficient in tubing and casing pressure uses

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Spartan acquires light oil assets in southeastern Saskatchewan

Spartan Energy Corp. is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with ARC Resources Ltd. to acquire strategic assets in southeast Saskatchewan for cash consideration of $700 million, subject to customary adjustments. The assets include high quality, low decline, operated production and a large land base which is highly complementary to Spartan's existing operations in southeast Saskatchewan. The acquisition will result in Spartan becoming one of the largest oil producers in Saskatchewan and represents a continuation of Spartan's strategy to develop an asset base that is capable of funding repeatable, low risk growth within a subset of cash flow.

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