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    Just found this... Good news for us!
    http://www.joconl.com/article/id41506


    TransAlta plans natural gas-fired electricity plant
    RICHARD GILBERT
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    TransAlta Corp. is in the early stages of building a natural gas-fired electricity generation plant near the location of its Sundance coal-fired generation plant, about 70 kilometres west of Edmonton. “The engineering and design work has begun and we filed an interconnection application on Nov. 9 with AESO (Alberta Electric System Operator) to connect to the grid,” said Jeff Gaulin, vice president of corporate and community relations with TransAlta.
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    Canadian Natural Resource moving ahead with oilsands expansion
    RICHARD GILBERT
    http://www.joconl.com/article/id41388
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    Canadian Natural Resource Ltd. is moving forward with an ambitious plan for expansion, which includes the construction of its Kirby in situ oilsands project in northern Alberta.
    The Calgary-based company announced that it received final regulatory approval for the first phase of the Kirby project.
    CNRL plans to begin construction in the fourth quarter of 2010. First steam-in is planned for 2013 with peak production at 40,000 bbl/d. Currently, the company is proceeding with the detailed engineering and design work. The overall cost of Kirby Phase 1 is estimated at $1.25 billion.
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    Cenovus moving forward with oilsands facilities plan
    RICHARD GILBERT
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    http://www.joconl.com/article/id41300
    Cenovus is moving forward with ambitious plans for construction at several oilsands facilities in Alberta to significantly expand production capacity.
    “We continue to make good progress on the construction of expansion phases at Christina Lake and received regulatory approval to add three new phases at Foster Creek,” said Brian Ferguson, president and CEO of Cenovus.
    “These are significant milestones in our plan to achieve a five-fold increase in oilsands production by the end of 2019. The coker and refinery expansion project at our jointly owned Wood River Refinery also advanced and is now 87 per cent complete.’’
    In a recently released financial report for the third quarter of 2010, Cenovus said that construction is progressing as planned on Christina Lake phases C and D, which will each add 40,000 bbls/d of gross production capacity.
    Christina Lake phase C is about 80 per cent complete, on budget and on schedule for first production in the third quarter of 2011. Site preparation is underway for phase D and module fabrication continues at Cenovus’s assembly yard in Nisku, Alberta.
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    Enbridge to expand Edmonton terminal to accommodate increased oilsands production http://www.joconl.com/article/id40979
    Richard Gilbert
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    Enbridge Inc. is planning to expand the tankage of its mainline terminal in Edmonton, Alberta to accommodate growing oilsands production transported through it’s Waupisoo Pipeline and other non-Enbridge pipelines.
    The expansion, which will be conducted over two phases, will increase tank storage capacity by one million barrels at an estimated cost of about $260 million. The project involves the construction of four tanks in the North Terminal and the installation of a short segment of pipeline and related infrastructure.
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    PCL Constructors, EllisDon take top spots in The Leaders ranking

    http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id41869

    The 2010 edition of The Leaders, Reed Construction Data’s annual ranking and survey of Canada’s top general contractors, has just been published. PCL Constructors made the top spot on this year’s list, with $6.17 billion in annual revenues.
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    Medicine Hat, Alberta solar-powered project a Canadian first
    http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id41929

    RICHARD GILBERT
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    The first solar-powered steam generation system in Canada to be integrated with an existing natural gas power plant is in the early stages of construction in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
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    Alberta natural gas-fired power plant secures provincial approval
    http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id41549

    Enmax has received approval from provincial regulators for the construction and operation of a $1-billion natural gas-fired power plant, which will be located in Calgary.
    “Scheduled for completion in 2015, this project will allow Albertans to enjoy low cost electricity well into the future,” said Gary Holden, Enmax president and CEO.
    “Shepard will use Alberta natural gas, provide support for more wind power in Southern Alberta and relieve pressure on the transmission grid; a real win-win-win for the province”.
    The Alberta Utilities Commission approved an application by Enmax to start the construction of the Shepard Energy Centre on the east side of Calgary just south of Glenmore Trail.
    The facility will be an 800-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant .
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    all great news
    All we need is the locally engineered (not done in Calgary as a lot of the last big projects have been) announcements
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    ^ Ill keep my ear to the ground...

    Personally I'm not worried... Look at the amazing growth of Stantec. Stuff is getting done here.
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    Unfortunately these mega projects will be engineered out of Calgary and/or Houston....the Edmonton EPC scene typically do support work for the plants around the city and spillover work from Calgary...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zooter View Post
    Unfortunately these mega projects will be engineered out of Calgary and/or Houston....the Edmonton EPC scene typically do support work for the plants around the city and spillover work from Calgary...
    Correct, Stantec's industrial group hasn't really found its legs within the large to mega project realm.
    I'm not sure if they offer for EPCM (Engineering, procurement, construction management) services, or just strictly design which would typically impact their potentional to be chosen.

    As well, major players can provide DFL (direct field labour) for the construction aspect, such as Bechtel/Bantrel, Fluor, etc.

    All the major EPCMs are pretty much run out of Calgary.

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    Greengate, Capital Power plan Alberta's biggest wind farm

    OTTAWA - Privately held Greengate Power Corp. said on Friday it will work with Capital Power Corp. to develop, build and operate what it expects will be the largest wind farm in Alberta, located 275 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

    Edmonton-based Capital Power is an independent power producer with stakes in 32 North American facilities that total nearly 3,800 MW of generating capacity.

    Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/techn...#ixzz18Q1TdXji

    I don't think people understand the power house that Capital Power can become... Electricity is going to be a HUGE issue in the coming decades with an ever increasing demand for power from a growing consumer base that demands more and more of it each year...

    Keep buying and plugging in those I whatevers.. next it will be cars.
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    Default Total shelves Fort Saskatchewan bitumen upgrader plans

    EDMONTON — French oil giant Total has shelved plans for a bitumen upgrader project near Fort Saskatchewan that was recently approved by the Energy Resources Conservation Board.

    In a joint venture deal announced Friday, Total E&P Canada said it would form an alliance with Suncor Energy, swapping interests in the Fort Hills and Joslyn North Mine projects.

    Total will also take a 49-per-cent share of Suncor's unfinished Voyageur upgrader north of Fort McMurray.

    Bitumen from those mines will go to the upgrader.

    "This was not our initial plan, but we have been given a fantastic opportunity in this alliance with Suncor," said E&P Canada president Jean-Michel Gires.

    "It is a much better deal for us, but we definitely want to thank the people who supported our previous plan for Fort Saskatchewan."

    Total now has plenty on its plate for the next six to seven years, said Gires, who hinted that a Total upgrader for the Edmonton region appears to be a very long shot.

    "But never say never," he said.

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    ^ well that blows!

    At least it's not being sent to the USA in raw form though.. so it's still a win.
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    2010 was a turnaround year for PCL Constructors
    http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id42121

    RICHARD GILBERT
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    PCL Constructors Inc. is experiencing a return to growth in 2010, as the company emerges from recession into a new construction cycle.
    “There is an attractive hopper of contracts in the pipeline for 2011, which should bring new contracts back up to $6 billion,” said Paul Douglas, president and CEO with PCL Douglas, who was panelist at a recent Edmonton Economic Forum.
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    great thread! thanks EDP

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmonton daily photo View Post
    ^ well that blows!

    At least it's not being sent to the USA in raw form though.. so it's still a win.
    Yes and no...Total has decided to do a joint venture with Suncor on rekindling Voyageur upgrader project, which was supposed to be built by Suncor prior to it being shelved last year I believe. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but it still is less upgrading capacity in Alberta.

    However, good news nonetheless for local Nisku shops and Edmonton area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glasshead View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by edmonton daily photo View Post
    ^ well that blows!

    At least it's not being sent to the USA in raw form though.. so it's still a win.
    Yes and no...Total has decided to do a joint venture with Suncor on rekindling Voyageur upgrader project, which was supposed to be built by Suncor prior to it being shelved last year I believe. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but it still is less upgrading capacity in Alberta.

    However, good news nonetheless for local Nisku shops and Edmonton area.

    I have a hunch, and its only my hunch - no other sources. After Voyageur in Fort Mac the two will pair up again and build in the heartland.

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    ^ I have about as much inside knowledge as you, but agree - Voyageur hasn't the capacity to handle their combined, ultimate production targets.

    Baby step to be sure, but I think there'll be more announcements to come, especially if the price spread between bitumen and crude continues to grow.
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    I'm more interested in the mid section of this article

    Edmonton’s Epcor closes out its sale of Capital Power stock

    Utilities company sells an extra $21M in shares


    Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Edmon...#ixzz18raWSZIn

    The cash from the stock sale will be used for Epcor’s previously announced water projects for Suncor Energy and in the Phoenix, Ariz., area to support its ongoing upgrading programs in Edmonton, to pay down short-term debt and for general corporate purposes.

    “The markets were favourable at this time to do this,” spokesman Tim LeRiche said recently. “Nothing has changed. We have always said we would sell down some or all of our stake in Capital Power.”

    Chief executive Don Lowry said recently that Epcor’s $29-million purchase in Arizona of Chaparral, a subsidiary of American States Water Co. with 13,000 customers in Fountain Hills and a slice of Scottsdale, is due to be completed in early 2011.

    Epcor also has submitted a bid for a water and waste-water system in Pima county southeast of Tucson, Ariz., and hopes to have a decision shortly.
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    Default Great time to buy CPC Stock

    Also from that same Journal article

    " Capital Power’s dividend-paying stock closed Tuesday at $21.86, well off its 52-week high of $24.84. It has been as low as $20.34 over the past year."

    Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...#ixzz18ruWIi9P
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    Mackenzie pipeline approved by National Energy Board
    RICHARD GILBERT

    http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id42161
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    The $16.2-billion Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline has been approved by federal regulators and hailed as the only realistic path for development in northern Canada, despite the fact a large part of the route passes through disputed First Nations territory.
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    Black Diamond awarded camp contract for Suncor’s Firebag project
    http://www.joconl.com/article/id4218..._term=edmonton

    EDMONTON — Black Diamond Group Ltd., a provider of modular accommodation and energy services, has secured a long-term rental agreement for an 800-person accommodation project for workers at Suncor Energy’s Firebag project in the Alberta oilsands.
    Fabrication for the project is underway. Occupancy is slated for spring 2011.
    The contract will include newly manufactured sleeping quarters as well as recreation, fitness and dining facilities.
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    Voyageur upgrader construction will restart in 2011 in Fort McMurray, Alberta
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    http://www.joconl.com/article/id42241
    Construction on the postponed Voyageur upgrader near Fort McMurray will be restarted in 2011, as a result of a strategic partnership between Suncor Energy Inc. and Total E&P Canada Ltd.
    “The agreement with Total is an important element of Suncor’s plans to more than double our oil sands production,” said Suncor president and chief executive officer Rick George.
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    will worley engineer in Edm or that other city
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    Deal gives go-ahead to upgrader

    Supply of bitumen for Fort Saskatchewan-area project assured under agreement with province to be signed Wednesday

    By Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal February 15, 2011

    A provincial bitumen royalty supply deal that will formally kick-start the long delayed $5-billion first phase of North West Upgrading's project will be announced Wednesday, The Journal has learned.

    Partners North West Upgrading and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) will sign the agreement Tuesday with the province under the Bitumen Royalty in Kind (BRIK) program, becoming the first recipients of a scheme for encouraging more bitumen upgrading in Alberta.

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    Major Alberta oil and gas projects move forward
    http://www.journalofcommerce.com/

    RICHARD GILBERT
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    The construction of a $5 billion upgrading and refining facility near Redwater, Alberta, has taken a step forward as a result of a unique partnership between Northwest Upgrading, Canadian Natural Resources Limited and the provincial government.
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    Default Step on the gas

    EDMONTON - Awash in cash with an operating profit that rose fourfold for the first three months of 2011 compared with the same period of 2010, Suncor Energy hinted Tuesday that it will speed up its major oilsands projects where possible.

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    Would love to hear this news for the much discussed but yet to be seen Heartland Upgrader project(s) and the CO2 Sequestration line
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    Would love to hear this news for the much discussed but yet to be seen Heartland Upgrader project(s) and the CO2 Sequestration line
    We will be releasing the drawings and starting fabrication next spring.

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    Default Northern Gateway Pipeline will get federal review

    EDMONTON - Premier Ed Stelmach told ambassadors from India and China on Tuesday that Canada’s federal energy regulator has ordered full public hearings into a proposed multibillion dollar pipeline project that would run from the Edmonton region to the B.C. coast.

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    Default Cenovus boosts oil production targets

    The Calgary-based oilsands and heavy oil firm spun out from Encana in 2009 announced it would grow to half a million barrels of oil per day production by 2021, up from 137,000 bpd in first quarter 2011.

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    New oilsands facility at Hangingstone, Alberta http://www.journalofcommerce.com/
    Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. has filed a regulatory application to construct a 12,000 barrels/day oilsands production facility at Hangingstone, Alberta, near Fort McMurray.
    In its 2011 first quarter financial statement, the company said it plans to continue engineering and begin the procurement process for long-lead time equipment.
    After the company receives regulatory approval, which is expected in 2012, road construction, site preparation and drilling will commence.
    The company plans to drill 25 well pairs of injectors and producers, along with a number of observation wells from well pads.
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    CN is investing millions of dollars into its rail system to help meet demand in Western Canada.
    http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id44414
    RICHARD GILBERT
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    Canadian National Railway Company is expanding the capacity of key segments of its rail infrastructure to support increased freight traffic and the economy in northern Alberta and Western Canada.
    “CN is experiencing continued growth in Western Canadian freight volumes,” said Keith Creel, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer.
    “We are making strategic rail investments in Alberta to increase network capacity and improve train velocity along our transcontinental main line between Edmonton and Winnipeg, and to be positioned to handle greater volumes of freight over our line to Fort McMurray, the gateway to Alberta’s oilsands production region.”
    As part of this strategy, CN is investing $12 million to construct 5.6 kilometres of track between two sidings located about 32 kilometres east of Edmonton on the Wainwright Subdivision.
    This will create about 12.5 kilometres of new double track, which will help dispatchers to expedite the meeting of trains and to increase train velocity on one of the highest-density corridors on the CN system.
    “Western Canada is an area where we are experiencing good traffic growth for bulk commodities, such as grain, coal, sulphur, potash, forest products and chemical goods,” said Mark Hallman, CN director of communications and public affairs.
    “Wainwright handles intermodal containers being transported through (import) Vancouver and Prince Rupert, as well as forest products through B.C. (export) and domestic containers. There are also import containers being shipped into the US Midwest to Chicago, Memphis and Central Canada.”
    To transport these shipments, CN is investing $12 million to build 11,400 feet of track east of Clover Bar yard on the Wainwright subdivision in the greater Edmonton area to facilitate switching in the terminal.
    The additional track will help to expedite arrivals and departures of freight trains at the yard.
    In another strategic investment, CN is investing $3 million to reconfigure tracks at Walker Yard in Edmonton, which will increase the velocity of the terminal in handling greater volumes of freight traffic.
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    $5 billion investment planned for oilsands mines From the journal of commerce.
    RICHARD GILBERT
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    Syncrude is planning to invest more than $5 billion over the next four years on the construction of several mine trains and a tailings composite plant at two oilsands mines in northern Alberta.
    “At Syncrude’s Mildred Lake mine site, the two existing mine trains will be dismantled and new mine trains will be constructed at a new location,” said a quarterly financial report released recently by Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., which holds the largest share of Syncrude.
    “The construction of these mine trains will incorporate Syncrude’s new wet crushing technology, which is expected to improve bitumen recovery and lower maintenance requirements.”
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    Alberta and Saskatchewan cities expected to lead growth from the Journal of Commerce.
    Edmonton's economy is expected to rise 3.1 per cent in 2011 and 3.6 per cent between 2012 and 2015.
    The Alberta government is investing $165 million in capital project in 2011, including a new police station in Terwillegar and other infrastructure projects.
    Plans for a downtown arena to replace the aging Rexall Place still lack firm financial commitments.
    The proposal would also see significant downtown redevelopment and a stop on a yet-to-be-built light rail transit line. Alberta has approved up to $492 million for this LRT route. Longer term, the city is weighing competing proposals from five international design teams to redevelop the City Centre Airport into a neighbourhood for 30,000 residents.
    Housing starts rebounded from recession approach 10,000 units in 2010, which represents a 58 per cent increase from 2009. A pullback to near 7,600 units is expected for 2011, with starts hovering near 9,000 units per year afterwards, as population growth is expected to accelerate starting this year.
    Edmonton’s construction sector declined by 24 per cent in the last two years, but is forecast to increase by 1.4 per cent in 2011.
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    Canada to become world's fifth largest construction market http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id44345
    Canadian infrastructure building activity will grow at more than two and a half times the rate of the previous five years, according to a new report by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics.
    Canada is expected to be the fifth-largest construction market behind India and Japan, according to the report sponsored by financial and business consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
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    Shell to open the Scotsford expansion tomorrow , Interesting to note that Premier Stelmach will be on hand to announce a New Shell Project. Any Ideas what it will be ?

    http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/a.../23/c8834.html

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    ^ Word i heard is that is a CCS project. Carbon capture and Storage.

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    Says the map is last updated in August 2009, that would be some very old and inaccruate information.

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    Default Canada's choice: diversify or suffer

    Energy sector must wean itself from U.S. market


    Patricia Mohr, Scotiabank's respected commodity guru, is just the latest expert to weigh in on this blindingly obvious point.
    In a report issued Tuesday, Mohr says it's vital for Canada -and Alberta's booming oilsands, in particular -to build the pipelines and other infrastructure needed to access Asian markets.
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    Default Alberta to contribute $285 million to $1.5-billion coal gasification project

    The Swan Hill Synfuels project will cost $1.5 billion to build and will eventually fuel 300 megawatts of power generation — enough energy to power one in four Edmonton homes for 40 years.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/techn...211/story.html
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    Less than a year after announcing an expansion to its Strathcona County tank storage capacity by 3.6 million barrels, U.S.-based Kinder Morgan Energy said its Kinder Morgan Canada Terminals division will add a further 1.2 million barrels of capacity to the site.

    Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Kinde...#ixzz2IvxfHVf4

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/busines...005/story.html
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    Default MEG’s new partial upgrader pilot could be the future for bitumen *

    “Between diluted bitumen and coking upgrading, there is very little out there. We are looking at the middle, at a partial-upgrading unit that can be built at lower cost and have lower operating costs than a full upgrader.”

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...138/story.html
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    This looks like some interesting low capital intensive technology . It will prove most interesting if copied by others or scaled up. Meg Energy seems like quite a different operator with "out of the box" approaches to production and marketing.

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    Default Strathcona County optimistic mothballed bitumen upgrader projects will resume

    The B.A. upgrader, owned by Value Creation Inc., could be ready in 18 months to turn 85,000 barrels of bitumen into synthetic crude that any refinery in Canada could handle, Osinchuk noted.

    The North West upgrader, barely started, is just five years away.

    That short time frame is very attractive to oilsands producers currently facing a lack of pipeline capacity to ship the stickier bitumen that can go to only a handful of U.S. refineries on the Gulf coast.
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    Default U.S. State Department downplays Keystone’s impact on the oilsands

    But whether Keystone is approved or rejected is “unlikely to have a substantial impact on the rate of development in the oil sands, or on the amount of heavy crude oil refined in the Gulf Coast area,” it adds.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...868/story.html
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    Calgary company says it’s working on an upgrade to bitumen upgraders

    "EDMONTON - When it comes to upgrading Alberta’s vast supply of bitumen, Ivanhoe Energy is out to prove small is beautiful — and profitable.

    The Calgary-based oil company has new technology ready for its proposed steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project near Fort McMurray that would partially upgrade bitumen right near the well site — just enough so it will flow into regular pipelines and could be shipped directly to a refinery."

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...#ixzz2Mt3V1r1t

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    Williams to build propylene plant near its Redwater complex
    BY GARY LAMPHIER, EDMONTON JOURNAL MARCH 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    EDMONTON - Williams Cos., one of the biggest pipeline and energy infrastructure firms in the U.S., plans to invest as much as $900 million on a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility near its existing complex in Redwater, northeast of Edmonton.

    The PDH facility, expected to begin production by the second quarter of 2016, pending regulatory approvals, will be the first such plant in Canada, and Williams’ biggest single investment to date north of the border.

    The PDH facility will allow Williams to significantly boost output of polymer-grade propylene, a key petrochemical feedstock used in plastics manufacturing.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...768/story.html

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    Williams confirms that its plan to ramp up propylene output has drawn the attention of several unnamed global plastics manufacturers, who are considering using the propylene feedstock from the company’s facility to build new polypropylene plants in Alberta.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...979/story.html
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    I think this would be a great step for petrochemicals. Alberta needs to diversify its economy.
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    Another one for the Edmonton Area .

    TransCanada announce new pipeline and terminal today : 900 Million Dollar project , Terminal in Heartland.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...0DJ43J20130502

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    Default Bitumen royalty program wins support from all-party committee

    EDMONTON - Once considered controversial for its potential to impact the free marketplace, Alberta’s bitumen royalty-in-kind (BRIK) program has now won the support of politicians from all provincial parties.


    Ian MacGregor, chair of North West Upgrading, said “the first phase of the BRIK program has allowed us to start building the first refinery in the world that incorporates carbon dioxide management. The products our refinery produces will be the world’s lowest in terms of CO2 content, they will also be the most valuable, being roughly two-and-a half times the value of the bitumen that is our feedstock. All of this additional value stays in Canada.”
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    Default Canadian oil storage hubs set to expand 25 pct by 2015

    "(Reuters) - The Canadian crude oil hubs of Hardisty and Edmonton in Alberta are embarking on a major round of storage expansion that should boost capacity by about 25 percent and provide more scope for trading oil sands crude production.

    According to company data and estimates from energy intelligence firm Genscape, the projects should add around 9 million barrels of capacity over the next two years.

    In addition, TransCanada Corp will add an as-yet undisclosed volume of storage capacity in Hardisty once it greenlights a major eastern pipeline project."

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/0...0FP18K20130722

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    Default Enbridge to build $1.3 billion Canadian oil sands pipeline extension

    "Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline company, said on Thursday it will build a $1.3 billion extension to its Woodland crude line in northern Alberta to serve Imperial Oil's Kearl oil sands project.

    The 345-kilometer (214-mile) extension will have initial capacity of 400,000 barrels per day, with the ability to be expanded up to 800,000 bpd depending on crude viscosity.

    It will extend the Woodland Pipeline south from Enbridge's Cheecham terminal to its Edmonton terminal to connect with refineries and export pipelines in that area."

    http://www.4-traders.com/ENBRIDGE-INC-1409882/news/Enbridge-to-build-$1-3-billion-Canadian-oil-sands-pipeline-extension-17128596/

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    Default Heartland upgrader may find new life

    EDMONTON - A mothballed upgrader in Strathcona County may yet be revived despite a major setback to the builder, Value Creation, which just lost half its bitumen reserves in the Fort McMurray area.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...372/story.html
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    Rick Orman, now there's a name from the recent past
    Interesting article in regards to the need for housing and infrastructure land in Ft McM. competing with the oil reserves and leases
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    A new Oil to Rail terminal for Edmonton - Potential for large scale growth an option. Keyera and Kinder Morgan partners.

    http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1204...al-in-edmonton

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    Default Pembina buys 232 acres of industrial land near Edmonton for $22M

    "CALGARY—Pembina Pipeline Corp. says it has purchased a 232-acre “well-developed” industrial site north of Edmonton for approximately $22-million.

    According to Pembina, it bought the land in the Alberta Industrial Heartland as part of a plan to build out the company’s larger Nexus terminal.

    The company said the new land—dubbed the “Heartland Hub”—will act as a receipt and delivery terminal and includes rail, terminalling and storage facilities."

    http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com...for-22m-115665

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    Default Sod turning at $6 billion bitumen refinery project in Redwater preceded by constructi

    The project boasts a short list of groundbreaking characteristics — first refinery in the world designed to capture carbon dioxide, first project under Alberta’s Bitumen Royalty in Kind (BRIK) program, and the template for how the province intends to wring the most out of its bitumen, which is always sold at a large discount in U.S. markets.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...371/story.html
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    Default CN, feds eyeing oil-by-rail to Prince Rupert, B.C., in same quantity as Gateway

    OTTAWA - CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...287/story.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenco View Post
    OTTAWA - CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...287/story.html
    If they didn't load the bitument into tanker cars by diluting with naphtha, as for a pipeline, but instead kept it in its natural consistency of molasses and shovelled into some type of shipping container, would that make it less damaging if a derailment/spill occurred?

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    ^
    Perhaps more of a strategy to steadfast the pipelines?

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    Default Pembina to go ahead with Cdn$ 115 million Peace pipeline expansion

    "Pembina Pipeline Corp. has announced that it is going ahead with a Cdn$ 115 million expansion to its Peace Pipeline System northwest of Edmonton, which will initially deliver an additional 40 000 bpd to its Fox Creek Terminal.

    60 km of new 16 in. pipe

    The project, called the Simonette Pipeline Expansion, will involve installing about 60 km of new 16 in. pipeline along Pembina's existing right-of-way, serving producers in the Montney and Duvernay shale formations.

    From Fox Creek, the resource will be able to access the Edmonton market on other planned Pembina pipelines."

    http://www.energyglobal.com/news/pip...x#.UkethIZwqSo

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    Default Atco unveils new Heartland power plant project

    JOSEPHBURG — As power generation firms eye a huge potential market for new electricity, Atco Power has jumped to the head of the queue with plans for a 400 megawatt gas-fired plant for the Industrial Heartland area of Strathcona County that could be operating by 2017.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/techn...269/story.html
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    Default 36 Billion Dollar Malaysian Investment in BC Gas play

    While this is on the Surface a BC Story , there is no doubt there will be significant business for Edmonton area and Alberta companies as they have the expertise in these areas.

    http://www.canada.com/business/Energ...104/story.html

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    Default Surging demand spurs action at Pembina gas plant

    So the firm kicked off a $415 million plant twinning at its Redwater facility this month, part of a $1 billion-plus expansion of its natural gas liquids infrastructure. It also started preparing an adjacent site for a potential third plant.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin...496/story.html
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    JOSEPHBURG — As power generation firms eye a huge potential market for new electricity, Atco Power has jumped to the head of the queue with plans for a 400 megawatt gas-fired plant for the Industrial Heartland area of Strathcona County that could be operating by 2017.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/techn...269/story.html
    So badly needed!!!
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    Default Pipeline projects worth trillions to Canadians

    When you’re talking about a number as large as $1.298 trillion, it is important to put it into context. To give you an idea of just how much money that is, consider that $1.298 trillion exceeds the GDP of these countries: Mexico, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, Israel, the Netherlands, Chile, Ireland and Greece.
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    Can we get an external vetting of that dollar claim?
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    New Hydrogen plant for Heartland area - Scotsford . approx. 100M

    http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com...in-Canada.html

    When you add up all the developments in this thread ranging from 100 M to the Billions, Damn , you are talking about some mega monies invested here !

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    If pipelines are worth trillions, then what are a series of upgraders and refineries worth?
    Go down a few dark alleys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnugent View Post
    If pipelines are worth trillions, then what are a series of upgraders and refineries worth?

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    Default Canexus taking oil-by-rail to another level near Bruderheim

    While the recently expanded terminal can handle up to 50 rail cars a day, by this summer a new, highly automated and efficient circular yard with multiple sidings will send 180 cars — in one or two unit trains per day — loaded with diluted bitumen to major U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. Each rail car carries about 700 barrels of oil.
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    After quashing the Voyageur upgrading project , Suncor announces it is proceeding with the 13.5 billion dollar Fort Hills Project . No doubt that this will impact the Edmonton Region. Partners Total and Teck will be major investors in this.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle15177325/

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    ^^ Putting diluted bitumen in rail cars is stupid. In addition to cutting the shipping capacity by 30% and necessitating backhaul of the highly flammable condensate, it makes the product far more flammable and far more mobile in the event of an accident. The new terminal should have included a separation facility so the rail cars could be sent out with undiluted product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium48 View Post
    ^^ Putting diluted bitumen in rail cars is stupid. In addition to cutting the shipping capacity by 30% and necessitating backhaul of the highly flammable condensate, it makes the product far more flammable and far more mobile in the event of an accident. The new terminal should have included a separation facility so the rail cars could be sent out with undiluted product.
    Agreed! It makes both economic and environmental sense to ship this in as dense and stable a form as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hull534 View Post
    After quashing the Voyageur upgrading project , Suncor announces it is proceeding with the 13.5 billion dollar Fort Hills Project . No doubt that this will impact the Edmonton Region. Partners Total and Teck will be major investors in this.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle15177325/
    This is great news. Now we know why Suncor are building a lounge at their terminal and are rumoured to be buying three A319s.
    Just makes me wonder what changed so dramatically in the past year to make this thing economically viable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium48 View Post
    ^^ Putting diluted bitumen in rail cars is stupid. In addition to cutting the shipping capacity by 30% and necessitating backhaul of the highly flammable condensate, it makes the product far more flammable and far more mobile in the event of an accident. The new terminal should have included a separation facility so the rail cars could be sent out with undiluted product.
    Agreed! It makes both economic and environmental sense to ship this in as dense and stable a form as possible.
    Pretty much.

    Ship it in asphalt shipping containers to upgraders with pipeline access or just straight to refineries.

    Besides taking out the diluent will mean an increase in product actually being shipped. The less water, diluent and other crap that is shipped with the heavy oil sludge the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenco View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hull534 View Post
    After quashing the Voyageur upgrading project , Suncor announces it is proceeding with the 13.5 billion dollar Fort Hills Project . No doubt that this will impact the Edmonton Region. Partners Total and Teck will be major investors in this.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle15177325/
    This is great news. Now we know why Suncor are building a lounge at their terminal and are rumoured to be buying three A319s.
    Just makes me wonder what changed so dramatically in the past year to make this thing economically viable?
    The news today was even bigger with Shell giving the go ahead to its Major project at Carmon Creek.

    http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1252...-creek-project

    There is obviously something major happening with these two announcements at the same time. My speculation is that both projects were "shovel ready" and wanted to get underway before the gas rush starts with the BC projects and impacts materials and labour. I think this is a bellwether moment today.

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    Add on the enbridge pipeline to fort hills project and the edmonton to oil sands diluent return pipe line and we have some major projects under way.

    http://www.mymcmurray.com/enbridge-b...rt-hills-mine/

    Fort Hills $13.5B
    Carmon Creek ~$3-3.2B
    Enbridge fort hills pipeline $1.6B
    Enbridge diluent pipeline $1.4B
    Total: ~$19 billion... Not bad

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    Default Industrial Heartland plant home to innovative hydrogen-producing technology

    FORT SASKATCHEWAN - An innovative pilot plant near Fort Saskatchewan is producing hydrogen — the key to powering fuel cells and upgrading bitumen — with frontier technology brought from a U.S. government laboratory in Idaho.

    “I look at this as the holy grail, something everybody has been seeking, a way to produce hydrogen from any carbon. And we are doing it,” said Neil Camarta, chief executive of Western Hydrogen, the private firm he owns with partner Guy Turcotte.
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    Default LNG fuel plants planned to serve transport industry in Edmonton, Vancouver

    CALGARY - Two companies are teaming up to build liquefied natural gas plants in Edmonton and Vancouver to serve the transportation industry.

    In announcing their joint venture Tuesday, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels and ENN Canada Corporation said the plants will provide a cheaper and cleaner-burning fuel to the trucking business.
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    Default Italy’s Saipem breaks the ice with Alberta’s first indoor module plant

    EDMONTON - Building huge oilsands modules in the Edmonton area has always been an outdoor activity because companies maintain it costs too much to construct the airport hangar-sized structures needed to cover their work areas.

    Italy’s Saipem didn’t see it that way, and on a cold Tuesday the company opened its 20,000-square-metre plant in Edmonton’s Aurum Energy Park, north of Yellowhead Trail and east of the North Saskatchewan River.

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    2nd plant
    Willbros (temporarily) had the first one just east of the edm visitors centre
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    Default Yet another Rail oil terminal for Edmonton

    Kinder Morgan and Imperial announce a quarter billion dollar project for Edmonton.

    http://www.financialpost.com/markets...926/story.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hull534 View Post
    Kinder Morgan and Imperial announce a quarter billion dollar project for Edmonton.

    http://www.financialpost.com/markets...926/story.html
    According to story this will be located in Strathcona County. Too bad they can't put a rail overpass over 17th street as the rail traffic will only increase in this area which is a key connection to the Yellowhead.

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    wow, these are really ramping up!

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    17th will be the minor problem its the crossing at 50 and 75st that will really suffer, most of these loads will be heading south, not east or west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJMorrocco View Post
    17th will be the minor problem its the crossing at 50 and 75st that will really suffer, most of these loads will be heading south, not east or west.
    I hope you are right about 17th street as I use that route alot. Strathcona County reaps the benefits of increased tax revenues while the city deals with the problems without any payback. I remember in the 70's when 50 street was first widened and paved with the promise of an underpass which was scaled back due to cost.

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    Edmonton needs to start annexation me thinks.

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    More energy investments being made. This time a Keyera expansion.

    http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1286...t-saskatchewan

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    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin..._lsa=1ef8-1670

    huskey approves lloydminster project expansions

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    Default $20 billion in projects planned for Industrial Heartland

    “We are on the verge of an explosion of development. Shale gas could be as big a resource to Alberta as the oilsands,” he said during Thursday’s stakeholder update at the Expo Centre.
    With provincial government estimates of 3,400 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 58 billion barrels of natural gas liquids and 423 billion barrels of oil contained in the barely explored Duvernay, that would easily mean a doubling of the supply of feedstocks for the petrochemical industry based in the Fort Saskatchewan and Red Deer areas.

    “All this means we have the potential to transform the regional economy from a great resource centre into a great resource processing centre. Why not create more products here for this market, and products we can rail out?”

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    jebus that is huge
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    yup real huge. I like how they are pushing the idea of creating products here versus shipping raw material elsewhere only to buy it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdriveaSubaru View Post
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin..._lsa=1ef8-1670

    huskey approves lloydminster project expansions

    Husky is pretty well known for announcing projects to increase their stock price and then queitly shelving them in the summer when no one is listening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenco View Post
    “We are on the verge of an explosion of development. Shale gas could be as big a resource to Alberta as the oilsands,” he said during Thursday’s stakeholder update at the Expo Centre.
    With provincial government estimates of 3,400 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 58 billion barrels of natural gas liquids and 423 billion barrels of oil contained in the barely explored Duvernay, that would easily mean a doubling of the supply of feedstocks for the petrochemical industry based in the Fort Saskatchewan and Red Deer areas.

    “All this means we have the potential to transform the regional economy from a great resource centre into a great resource processing centre. Why not create more products here for this market, and products we can rail out?”

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/busin..._lsa=0e54-e35b

    I find it hard to believe any new plants will be built here most petro chem has been moved to Asia. Existing profitable plants will be maxed out and then closed once at end of life. However there will be numerous LNG plants built to ship all that cheap gas over to asia to make those pertro chems and return them as finished products!

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