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NEB gives northern B.C. pipeline expansion approval

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved a proposal from Westcoast Energy Inc., doing business as Spectra Energy Transmission (Westcoast), to build and operate the 27-kilometre-long Wyndwood Pipeline Expansion Project. The NEB announced its decision in a letter and expects to issue detailed reasons on or before September 28, 2017. 

The NEB attached 32 conditions to its approval, including the requirement to develop a Landowner-Specific Monitoring Plan and Consultation Update and a number of conditions related to minimizing disturbances within caribou ranges and accelerating the restoration of caribou habitat. 

Westcoast submitted its application on October 21, 2016 under section 58 of the National Energy Board Act. In general, these types of applications do not require a public hearing. However, given the high level of public interest in this project, the NEB decided to hold a hearing in order to consider the input of those who could be directly affected or who have expertise to share. Oral hearings were held on April 5, 2017 in Calgary and June 6 - 7, 2017 in Chetwynd, BC. The NEB also gathered input through written comments, questions and evidence. 

After considering all the evidence, the NEB found that the project was in the Canadian public interest. 

This project is a loop of Westcoast's existing Fort St. John Mainline. 

The NEB received 16 applications to participate and granted Intervenor status to 14 applicants and Commenter status to one applicant. One application to participate was turned down. One Intervenor withdrew from the hearing process. The estimated cost for the project is $170,300,000. As this project falls under section 58 of the National Energy Board Act, the NEB is the final decision maker and Cabinet approval is not required.

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TransCanada's Topolobambo project goes into service in Mexico

TransCanada's Topolobambo project goes into service in Mexico

TransCanada Corporation  announced its Topolobampo Pipeline project has been placed into service in northern Mexico, providing capacity for 670 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa. The project represents an investment of approximately US$1.2 billion and provides the upstream interconnection with the company's Mazatlan Pipeline.

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Hand-held combustion emissions analyzer

Hand-held combustion emissions analyzer

The E1500 Hand-Held Combustion Emissions Analyzer from E Instruments is a new, rugged unit with the ability to measure CO & O2 from high efficiency & condensing boilers, burners, engines, turbines, kilns, furnaces, incinerators and other industrial combustion processes.  Featuring a new large COLOR display and expanded internal memory, the E1500 lets you easily see and save your sample data without worrying about running out of memory. The E1500 also features pre-calibrated, field replaceable sensors which allow for easy diagnostics and replacement to reduce "down-time" and costly repair charges.

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Vertex Resource acquires Three Star Trucking

Vertex Resource acquires Three Star Trucking

Vertex Resource Group Ltd. has acquired Three Star Trucking Ltd., an environmental service company providing fluid hauling service, pressure truck services, hot oilers and combo vac services throughout western Canada on July 12th, 2018. The acquisition of Three Star will add over 270 pieces of equipment to Vertex's fleet, making the company's fleet one of the largest in operations serving Saskatchewan, the Montney, and the Duvernay resource plays of Alberta and British Columbia. 

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Baker Hughes, SGS agree on joint deployment of corrosion management solution

Baker Hughes, SGS agree on joint deployment of corrosion management solution

SGS and Baker Hughes, a GE company, announced a Strategic Alliance Agreement (SAA) for the joint deployment and commercialization of BHGE's real-time software and sensor-based Predictive Corrosion Management (PCM) solution. Leveraging the capability of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), PCM will enable asset owners to increase their ability to monitor their facilities, and detect and predict corrosion issues using real-time data powered by BHGE's ultrasonic sensing technology and advanced analytics. 

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Petroteq to test equipment for non-conventional oil production

Petroteq Energy Inc., a company focused on the development and implementation of proprietary technologies for the energy industry, announced an agreement with Cavitation Technologies, Inc., a company providing highly scalable and cost-effective solutions to various fluids processing industries. The companies have entered into a licensing agreement to test its equipment during oil production for workflow efficiencies and to lower its cost of production obtained through Petroteq's oil sands extraction process.  

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Painted Pony receives encouraging results from Lower Montney test wells

Painted Pony receives encouraging results from Lower Montney test wells

Painted Pony Energy Ltd. has announced results from two recent Lower Montney wells drilled on the northern edge of the South Townsend block. Preliminary results indicate production levels higher than Painted Pony management's Townsend type curve and include higher liquid yields compared to previous wells in the Townsend block. Painted Pony is encouraged by the results to-date and anticipates re-directing a portion of drilling activity within the existing 2018 development budget to better capitalize on these well results.

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Terex RT cranes handle desert drill site project without downtime

"Five months of continuous back-breaking work without any downtime," Nabors Drilling Manager David Siljeg succinctly puts it while summarizing how well the Terex RT 90 rough terrain crane performed at a work site in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. The crane lifted numerous components for drilling rigs, generators, and a power distribution and control centre at the oil field while enduring challenging environmental conditions.

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Paramount, Strath close sale of Resthaven/Jayar assets for $340 million

Paramount, Strath close sale of Resthaven/Jayar assets for $340 million

Paramount Resources Ltd. has closed the previously announced sale of its oil and gas properties and related infrastructure at Resthaven / Jayar in the Kakwa region to Strath Resources Ltd. Consideration received by Paramount totaled $340 million, and included $170 million in cash (subject to customary post-closing adjustments), 85 million Strath common shares and 10-year warrants to acquire 8.5 million Strath common shares. As a result, Paramount holds an approximate 16% equity interest (undiluted) in Strath and Jim Riddell, Paramount's President and Chief Executive Officer, has joined Strath's Board of Directors. The cash consideration received will be used to reduce outstanding indebtedness under Paramount's credit facility.

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Decommissioning Leadership Group meets to set strategy

Industry leaders have, this month, joined together to shape the future of decommissioning through the formation of the Decommissioning Leadership Group (DLG). Conceived and managed by Decom North Sea, the DLG held its inaugural meeting at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen earlier in June with the mission to set out a strategy for leading the development of an efficient and effective oil and gas decommissioning sector.

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Harting introduces Han-Smart modular connectors

In launching the first Han-Smart modules, HARTING is bringing new, intelligent capabilities to the highly esteemed, customer configurable Han-Modular connector system. Until now, industrial connectors have been used exclusively as passive devices for carrying power, signal, data transmission and pneumatics - functions they continue to provide. However, with Han-Smart solutions, connectors can provide added value while beginning to evolve into active devices to serve the needs of future manufacturing. These three modules are just the beginning:

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