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Keystone’s death means record oil revival for Canadian railways

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2016 Keystone was the great hope for opening US markets further to Canadian crude. Now that it’s dead, the railways are going to make not just a comeback, but transport more oil than ever before. The Keystone XL pipeline was set to carry heavy Canadian crude south from Hardisty, Alberta’s oil hub,... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 A First Nation, based in the lower mainland of British Columbia is amplifying its efforts to resist Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline – hailed by some analysts as the ‘Keystone of the North’. 

First Nation ramps up opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2016 A First Nation based in the lower mainland of British Columbia is amplifying its efforts to resist Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline – hailed by some analysts as the ‘Keystone of the North’. Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Maureen Thomas was in New York on Thursday to beseech “dozens” of Kinder... 

More crude supply disruptions as wildfires threaten Cenovus's Pelican Lake ops

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2016 Canadian oil sands producer Cenovus Energy has shut down its Pelican Lake operations, in Alberta, as a wildfire approached less than 1 km from the plant. The Calgary, Alberta-based company said Wednesday that by 21:00 local time on Tuesday, it had safely evacuated 18 staff members to a temporary... 

Suncor partially restarts Fort McMurray ops as Alberta wildfire grows to cover 579 946 ha

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2016 Even as the Alberta wildfires continued to rage out of control, oil sands major Suncor Energy announced at the weekend that it had started a safe and staged restart in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), with initial production from its Firebag in situ facility starting early last... 

Down 25% year-on-year, Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index expected to rally in March

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2016 Despite Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index recording its fourth consecutive monthly decline in February when it edged down 0.3% month-on-month, and down 25% year-on-year, analysts expected the index to rally significantly in March. According to a press release commodity prices had rebounded... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     19th February 2016 The project proposes a 980 km expansion of the pipeline. 

British Columbia unable to support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     11th January 2016 The British Columbia provincial government has stressed that it cannot support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project based on information submitted to the National Energy Board (NEB) panel reviewing the project. The provincial government stated on Monday that, during the course of the... 

Alberta puts a price on carbon in sweeping climate change mitigation reforms

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2015 The fossil-energy rich Western Canadian province of Alberta on Sunday announced a far-reaching climate change plan that accelerates the transition from coal to renewable energy, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone and sets emissions limits for oil sands. "This is the day we step up, at... 

Formal resource assessment commissioned for Red Moon's Newfoundland project

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2015 Eastern Canada-focused explorer Red Moon Potash has tasked consulting engineering firm Apex Geoscience of Edmonton, Alberta, to undertake a formal resource assessment of its Captain Cook halite (rock salt) deposit, in western Newfoundland. The report would seek to establish a maiden resource... 

Scotiabank Commodity Price Index falls to lowest level since 2005

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2015 Scotiabank's Commodity Price Index has plunged by 10.5% month-on-month in August to a reading of 91.3, which placed it 13.9% below the April 2009 bottom during the last recession and the lowest level since early 2005. "While many commodity prices, including key base metals, remain well above the... 

Long-term benefits or deferred externalities?

By: Riaan de Lange     18th September 2015 I am writing this column having just returned from a concert at which one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Madness, was a headline act. It is with some irony that I contemplate the news of a mere 24 hours before. The city of Durban, my much beloved hometown, was... 

Durban named as 2022 Commonwealth Games host 

By: African News Agency      2nd September 2015 The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Wednesday announced in Auckland, New Zealand, that Durban will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, making South Africa’s third largest city the first African city to host the event. The announcement was made by British sports administrator Louise Martin‚... 

Even in the supposedly precise world of engineering, miscalculations arise 

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2014 Misfortune often finds its roots in the smallest of things. Such as a centimetre or two. Or is that in inch? Perhaps a foot? Swedish or Dutch? The French had reason to blush in May as it became apparent that national rail operator SNCF had ordered 2 000 trains that are too wide for many of the... 

Even in the supposedly precise world of engineering, miscalculations arise

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2014 Misfortune often finds its roots in the smallest of things. Such as a centimetre or two. Or is that in inch? Perhaps a foot? Swedish or Dutch? The French had reason to blush in May as it became apparent that national rail operator SNCF had ordered 2 000 trains that are too wide for many of the... 

Mindoro to delist from the ASX

By: Henry Lazenby     28th May 2014 Mindoro Resources, which has four joint-venture (JV) agreements with TVI Pacific to develop nickel/iron projects in the Philippines, on Wednesday announced that it had applied to delist from the ASX. The Edmonton, Alberta-based firm said its decision to delist was based on the low trading volume... 

Line 3 replacement programme, Canada and the US

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd May 2014 The Line 3 replacement programme will replace the existing Line 3 with a new pipeline and associated facilities on either side of the Canada–US international border. 

Agata Mining JV gets Philippine nod of approval

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2014 Site development for the Agata direct-shipping iron-ore project, located in Agusan del Norte, Mindanao, the Philippines, is set to start in May after joint venture (JV) partners TVI Pacific and Mindoro Resources on Monday received the declaration of mining project feasibility (DMPF) and clearance... 

TVI Pacific starts nickel hydroxide production from Philippine project

By: Henry Lazenby     17th March 2014 Calgary-based TVI Pacific, which is working to earn a 60% interest in the Agata iron/nickel laterite project, in the Agusan del Norte province, Philippines, has produced nickel hydroxide product (NHP) at its pilot plant. The company reported on Monday that a pregnant leach solution was passed... 

Fort McMurray West transmission project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     14th March 2014 TransCanada and its partner Elecnor have been selected as one of five parties to progress in the competitive bid process to design, build and operate a power transmission line 

Mindoro Resources announces significant new investor

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2014 TSX-V- and ASX-listed Mindoro Resources’ Philippine projects got a significant confidence boost when the company last week announced that Prime Resources Holdings (PRHI) had acquired a 13.33% interest at A$0.02142 a share, through a secondary trade in the market. PRHI is a company allied with... 

Chinese distributor to sell LNG as fuel in Western Canada

By: Henry Lazenby     20th November 2013 A Chinese-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) distributor on Tuesday revealed plans to build, own and operate two LNG liquefaction plants in Western Canada, strategically located to service the on-road trucking market and other high-horsepower applications, including marine, rail, mining, and oil... 

CN to tap growing shale demand with new Alberta frack sand terminal

By: Henry Lazenby     4th July 2013 Canadian National Railways (CN) is looking to take advantage of growing North American demand for shale gas, announcing on Wednesday it would start serving a new state-of-the art frac sand terminal north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, in November. The new 8 ha facility was being built by Di-Corp,... 

Copper Mountain mill transformer repaired ahead of schedule

By: Henry Lazenby     11th June 2013 Vancouver-based Copper Mountain Mining on Monday said the damaged semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill transformer at its eponymous mine, was now fully repaired and reinstalled, which has allowed the concentrator to be back at full operation with one SAG mill and two ball mills operating as... 

Copper Mountain back in action sooner than expected

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd May 2013 The damaged semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill transformer at British Columbia-based Copper Mountain Mining’s flagship mine was replaced late on Friday and the mill was back in operation by 18:00, a day earlier than expected, the company said on Wednesday. Site maintenance personnel were able... 

Propane dehydrogenation facility, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     8th March 2013 The project proposes the construction of the first propane dehydrogenation facility in Canada. 

MAC launches new mining finance scholarship

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2012 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Monday announced the launch of a new scholarship available to Canadian university students interested in pursuing a career in mineral economics. The MAC, with the support of its members had established the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship, following... 


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