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Originally Posted: Mon, Sep 10th 2018 at 11:37 AM #1016
On March 2017, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited opened its Quebec & The Maritimes Office in Baie D'urfé, Québec. The office location enabled the company to better serve its Eastern Canada customers. To show appreciation to new and existing customers, NDT Products Limited is hosting an Open House on September 28, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm in the Baie D'urfé Office.
 
During the open house, NDT Products will be showcasing the latest NDT equipment & supplies, Aerospace Sealants, Adhesives & Supplies, Airline Maintenance Equipment and Wastewater Filtration System. Product experts from Sherwin Inc., Hitachi-High Tech Analytical Science, Zetec & 3M will be on hand to provide a demo and answer product questions. Guests will also be treated to lunch & refreshments.
 
Everyone is welcome. Contact marketing@ndproducts.ca for more information. Follow the link to RSVP to the event: https://bit.ly/2O4D9RR
Originally Posted: Thu, Aug 9th 2018 at 1:48 PM #1014

OPG’S PICKERING NUCLEAR TO OPERATE UNTIL 2024 CNSC grants 10 - year licence for Pickering

 Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to grant a 10-year operating licence for OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

“OPG is very pleased with the CNSC’s decision that will save Ontario’s electricity customers up to $600 million and preserve 7,500 jobs across Ontario,” said Jeff Lyash, OPG’s  President and CEO. “Today’s decision reflects our continued investment in Pickering to improve its already strong performance, and the dedication of our staff to nuclear safety and ensuring safe and reliable operations to 2024.”  

The licence will be valid from September 1, 2018 until August 31, 2028. The station will operate until the end of 2024, followed by safe storage activities, such as removal of fuel and water, between 2024 and 2028.

OPG applied to the CNSC for a licence renewal in August 2017. From June 25 to June 29 2018, the CNSC held a public hearing in Pickering, Ontario.  

Quick facts:  
•Continued safe operations of Pickering Nuclear will help to secure a reliable and efficient supply of low cost, baseload electricity.  
•For two years in a row, Pickering Nuclear has been awarded the highest possible safety rating from federal regulators.
•OPG has continually invested in the station to keep the units running efficiently.  
•Operating Pickering until 2024 will avoid carbon emissions comparable to taking 3.4 million cars off the road
•Continued Pickering operations will contribute $12.3 billion to Ontario’s GDP

For further information, please contact:
Ontario Power Generation
Media Relations
416-592-4008
or
1-877-592-4008

Originally Posted: Fri, Jul 20th 2018 at 10:36 AM #1010

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Richard Matthews as the President of NDT Global.

With more than 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry and most recently the position of Operations Director for PIMS of London, Mr. Matthews' appointment supports NDT Global's visionary product strategy and continued growth in developing service solutions to meet the future needs of the industry.

"I am both honored and delighted to be the President of NDT Global. I believe our customer-driven research and development focus, along with a commitment to operational rigor and discipline, ensures that we continue to offer the best value pipeline assurance solutions in the industry." Mr. Matthews commented.

Based at our headquarter office, he will be responsible for implementing the organization's strategy and driving the day-to-day business of the company, including the delivery of high-accuracy pipeline robotic solutions for the inspection of cracks, metal loss and mechanical damage to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries worldwide.

Originally Posted: Fri, Jul 20th 2018 at 10:33 AM #1009

SGS and Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE), announced today 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. François Marti, SGS Chief Operating Officer North America, and Holger Laubenthal, CEO of Inspection Technologies for BHGE, signed the SAA in the presence of customers and company officials during a recent conference in Houston.

"This partnership with BHGE will enable SGS to broaden its asset integrity service offering with advanced digital inspection solutions that will greatly benefit our oil & gas clients," said François Marti, SGS COO North America.

PCM generates wall thickness and temperature measurements from Rightrax PM ultrasonic sensors placed on critical equipment such as pipes, tanks, and vessels; the solution applies advanced analytics, resulting in real-time assessment of data that has traditionally been gathered through risky and time-consuming manual inspections. While particularly valuable to oil & gas downstream, petrochemical, and upstream asset operators, PCM can help any industry segment challenged by corrosion-related risk. PCM is one essential tool to help asset owners benefit from enhanced plant reliability and integrity programs, while maximizing operational safety and extending asset life.

"PCM is one of our core offerings to help customers make the invisible, visible," said Holger Laubenthal, CEO of Inspection Technologies for BHGE. "We are looking forward to working with SGS to accelerate deployment of PCM, a predictive digital solution that is becoming a benchmark for corrosion monitoring across several industries. This agreement will play a key role in improving safety, reducing equipment downtime, and improving operations for our customers globally."

SGS provides visual inspection and non-destructive testing services to large industrial assets, both in-service and during regular shutdown events, helping to ensure industrial asset integrity globally. BHGE's Inspection Technologies business, part of its Digital Solutions segment, has been one of SGS' suppliers of non-destructive testing (NDT) technology for years and is itself providing industrial asset owners with critical technological solutions and services. Combining SGS' broad network and asset integrity expertise with BHGE's technological expertise will ensure rapid deployment of PCM, and drive scale in the market for inspection and maintenance services and technology.

About SGS
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world. Visit us at https://www.sgs.com/en/campaigns/predictive-corrosion-management

About BHGE
Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) is the world's first and only full stream provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. We deploy minds and machines to enhance customer productivity, safety and environmental stewardship, while minimizing costs and risks at every step of the energy value chain. With operations in over 120 countries, we infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup – inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world. Visit us at BHGE.com.

Originally Posted: Wed, Jun 27th 2018 at 8:38 AM #1008
IR Supplies and Services Teams Up With Educator to Further Skills of Developing Experts
 
Edmonton, Alberta—In conjunction with NAIT’s recent celebration on their record-breaking fundraising campaign and the upcoming opening of their Productivity and Innovation Centre, IR Supplies and Services is pleased to announce their contribution to furthering the studies of future professionals in the NDT (non-destructive testing) industry.
 
Robbie VanHoek, Manager of Business Development at IR spoke about the company’s commitment during Tuesday’s announcement.  
“Over the last year we have had the opportunity to partner with NAIT on helping to expand their NDT program in the new centre.   By working with our vendors, IR has been able to donate new equipment and additional support to NAIT. The number one resource in our industry is our people – the future generation of NDT.  Supporting that is a priority for us.”  
 
NAIT’s NDT program will be housed in the new Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC), scheduled to open this fall. PIC will be NAIT’s front door to industry, offering services and solutions to help Alberta companies become more innovative, productive and competitive.
 
As the technical aspects of the NDT industry continue to evolve, the need for new equipment and supporting the training for the use of that equipment is important for those who undertake the program. 
 
Brian Pardell, NAIT’s Associate Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development said it’s important for the polytechnic to collaborate with industry. “IR’s donation of equipment for NAIT’s NDT program is a true testament to the partnership between industry and NAIT. This donation allows NAIT to ensure that our programing is aligned to the changing needs of industry and that our graduates are trained and ready to work with the right skill set when they begin their careers.”
 
IR’s contribution could not have been made without the cooperation of their suppliers, with whom they share a valued relationship.

About IR Supplies and Services
IR Supplies and Services has been a trusted source for NDT equipment in Canada since 2004.  They supply top products and brands, perform non-destructive testing research, provide NDT training courses and perform maintenance, repair, and equipment calibrations. IR leverages both outside partners and internal capabilities to bring the most comprehensive and high-quality NDT equipment to customers.

 

About NAIT
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
 
 
For further information contact: Barbara Daley, Marketing Manager, IR Supplies and Services, barb@irss.ca, 780-452-4761
Originally Posted: Mon, May 7th 2018 at 9:49 AM #1006

As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection technologies, Eddyfi Technologies is thrilled to confirm the acquisition of M2M, a renowned developer and manufacturer of phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) instruments for NDT.

With its head office in Paris, France, M2M has become, over recent years, the reference in high-end portable PAUT flaw detectors with real-time total focusing method (TFM) and hot, new products such as Gekko™ and Mantis™. M2M employs 60 people in France, the USA, and China, and sells to major customers in industries such as oil & gas, aerospace, power generation, and manufacturing.

Read more on the Eddyfi website.

Originally Posted: Wed, Apr 25th 2018 at 8:28 AM #1003

BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) announced today that its subsidiary BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has been awarded a contract valued at approximately CA$642 million from Bruce Power to design and supply 32 steam generators for Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project.

The original contract for Bruce Power’s Unit 6 steam generators, previously announced in July 2016 and amended in August 2017, has been amended to include an additional 24 steam generators (including steam drums) for Bruce Units 5, 7 and 8.

This steam generator contract represents the largest contract ever to be awarded to BWXT Canada and will secure many jobs in both engineering and skilled labour in Cambridge through 2030.

Commencing in 2020, MCR is part of Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program, which will allow the eight-unit site to operate to 2064, and provide over 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity for decades.

Work related to this contract will commence immediately with deliveries occurring through 2030.

“The steam generator contract allows us to secure very long-term work for our Cambridge, Ontario facility, which sustains jobs for many of our highly skilled and talented employees for many years to come,” said President of BWXT Canada, John MacQuarrie. “The life extension of Bruce Power’s nuclear reactors is vital to the supply of clean, low-cost and reliable power for Ontarians, and we are so proud to be part of this project.”

“This ‘Made in Ontario’ agreement is good news for employees of BWXT, as well as the economy of the greater Cambridge area,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “Bruce Power’s supply chain acquires 90 percent of its goods and services right in Ontario, investing $4 billion into the province’s economy annually, while creating and sustaining 22,000 jobs directly and indirectly every year, including here in the Cambridge area.”

Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, said, “The award of this contract by Bruce Power is a tremendous win for the City of Cambridge and means jobs in Waterloo Region. I am proud to see BWXT Canada playing a major role in ensuring the success of the most significant energy infrastructure project for the Province of Ontario.”

“Today’s announcement is an indication of the incredible engineering and manufacturing talent we have right here in Cambridge,” said Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, Kathryn McGarry. “I’m so pleased that BWXT will continue to support Bruce Power in their contribution to clean, low-cost and reliable power for Ontarians for many years to come.”

“This contract means a lot to both the talented people of BWXT and the City of Cambridge,” said Mayor of Cambridge, Doug Craig. “For over 170 years, BWXT has been a prominent employer in our city, and we look forward to their continued success.”

Forward Looking Statements
BWXT cautions that this release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the performance, timing, impact and value, to the extent contract value can be viewed as an indicator of future revenues, of the steam generator contract. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, modification or termination of the contract and delays. If one or more of these or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expressed. For a more complete discussion of these and other risk factors, please see BWXT’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. BWXT cautions not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except to the extent required by applicable law.

About BWXT Canada Ltd.
BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has over 60 years of expertise and experience in the design, manufacturing, commissioning and service of nuclear power generation equipment. This includes CANDU ® and Pressurized Water Reactor steam generators, heat exchangers, nuclear fuel and fuel components, other critical plant components, parts and related plant services. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, BWXT Canada has approximately 1,100 employees at locations in Cambridge, Peterborough, Toronto and Arnprior, Ontario. BWXT Canada is a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT). BWXT is a leading supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical, management and site services to support governments in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components, fuel and services for the commercial nuclear power industry. Learn more at www.BWXT.com.

About Bruce Power
Bruce Power supplies 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 percent less than the average cost to generate residential power. Extending the operational life of the Bruce Power units to 2064 will create and sustain 22,000 direct and indirect jobs every year, create CA$4 billion in annual Ontario economic benefit, and will ensure low-cost, clean and reliable energy for Ontario families and businesses.

Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

News via BWXT website.

Originally Posted: Thu, Apr 19th 2018 at 3:30 PM #1001

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have a major new clue in their hunt for what caused the left engine on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 to fail during a Tuesday flight. The incident resulted in the death of one passenger, identified as Jennifer Riordan, 43, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 

In a press conference Tuesday evening, the NTSB's chairman, Robert Sumwalt, announced that one of the engine's 24 fan blades, the 13th, had snapped off near the central hub.
 

According to Sumwalt, a preliminary examination of where the blade failed found evidence of metal fatigue. The investigation is expected to take 12 to 15 months.
 

Sumwalt told the media that Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly indicated the airline would immediately begin enhanced inspections using ultrasonics of the engines across its fleet of more than 710 Boeing 737s.
 

The Boeing 737-700 involved in Tuesday's accident was delivered new to Southwest Airlines in July 2000. The nearly 18-year-old jet is powered by two CFM International CFM56-7B turbofan engines. CFM International is a joint venture between GE Aviation and France's Safran Aircraft Engines.
 

One of the most popular jet engines in the world, the CFM56-7B can be found on more than 6,700 aircraft.
 

"The members of the CFM Team worldwide wish to express their deepest condolences to the family of the victim of this incident," the jet-engine maker said in a statement. "CFM will support the NTSB and Southwest Airlines in determining the cause of the accident and CFM and its parent companies, GE and Safran, will make every resource necessary available to ensure support."

Article via Business Insider

Originally Posted: Fri, Mar 9th 2018 at 10:22 AM #1000

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited has recently partnered with Armorlite Technologies Inc. (ATI) for the distribution of its line of RT, AUT and impact lights. Armorlite’s RT Darkrooms and UT Labs are designed with stressed skin panels and EXOBODY construction, revolutionary structural aluminum exoskeleton frame, complete PVC interior cabinetry and components for zero maintenance, true interior modular construction allowing many options and unlimited customization, among many outstanding features. Armorlite has a long standing history with off road specific industries. The exterior design of these units allows them to withstand the harshest conditions; temperatures ranging from +40 to -50°C, as well as the constant vibration of a vehicle driving through rough terrain while still being the lightest in the market. Armorlite units have found applications in many different industries including environmental testing to emergency response units.

 

For further information, contact sales@ndtproducts.ca or visit our website.

Originally Posted: Wed, Mar 7th 2018 at 3:56 PM #999

Nubitus is very proud to count on Action-NDT as the official distributor in the territory of France for the non-destructive testing industry. The country's inspection companies will now be able to have a direct link with a brilliant distributor. 

"Action-NDT represents the dynamism and passion of the Nubitus' DNA. Our product is a new technology that will allow hundreds of inspection companies to save time and money. It will ensure the traceability of data recorded during strategic infrastructure. We wanted a partner that represents our values and our vision, we have found the right one, we are certain. The recording of inspection data is critical to ensure better infrastructure control and informed decision-making to maintain public safety. I am very proud to be able to rely on Action-NDT to represent our brand in a market as important as France," explains Éric Dusablon, co-founder of Nubitus. 

"The area of digital data exchange is gaining momentum in industrial market. Imaging techniques become unavoidable as they create a very large volume of data. For us, Nubitus is the innovative answer that arrives at the right time to offer a solution to data transfer. Nubitus fits perfectly into our line card (PA / TOFD / TFM ultrasound, XRF analysis, 3D scanner, eddy current, etc ...) and we are sure our customers will adopt the product very quickly. " says Philippe Henninot, director of Action-NDT. 

Nubitus 

Nubitus is a USB thumb drive that provides connectivity for non-destructive control acquisition instruments or any device equipped with a USB port. The product automatically transfers data to a server (cloud or FTP) remotely via a Wifi network without any manipulation. It is also the only USB key in the world capable of receiving data remotely. Nubitus has the quality of being extremely safe because it allows the encryption of data and supports the highest standards security protocols. 

For the inspection companies, this key is an outstanding news, because they finally have a way to transfer data in real-time to the Level 3 back at the office without any manipulation. Companies will be able to save a lot of time and money. They will be able to ensure that there is no loss of information and to provide complete reports to their client quicker than ever. 


Action-NDT 
Located in Montauban, France, Action-NDT is a dynamic distributor of non-destructive testing equipment. It has benne created by engineers and technicians with decades of experience in non-destructive testing of all techniques. Their activities are: distribution, design, manufacture of Non-Destructive Testing equipment and the services associated with these activities (after-sales service, annual calibrations, advice, etc.). 

Amotus Solutions 

Amotus Solutions Inc. has been developing software and electronic products since 2013 in Quebec City. The company excels in the creation of Linux, Yocto and Embedded operating systems, the development of wireless solutions (Bluetooth) and multiplatform software, in addition to developing high-tech products allowing the interconnection between different products of the everyday and industrial life. Nubitus is a revolutionary product of the company. 

Originally Posted: Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 at 9:50 AM #995

Another goal is to lay the foundation for a natural gas industry in the province within the next 12 years

The Newfoundland and Labrador government launched a new plan on Monday for growing the oil and gas sector. Highlights of Advance 2030 include doubling offshore oil production by 2030 through reducing development time for projects and laying the foundation for a natural gas industry.

Last month, the province's Oil and Gas Industry Development Council started looking at ways to grow the industry, providing government with 17 focus areas which include actions ranging from the short to long term.

Targets for the offshore oil industry include drilling more than 100 new exploration wells and tapping into multiple basins to produce more than 650,000 barrels of oil per day from new and existing projects. The council estimates that there are more than 37 billion barrels to be drilled off the coast of Newfoundland, and that currently less than seven per cent is accounted for by licensed drilling operations.
To get going on tapping into those reserves, the province wants to reduce project development time for offshore projects to seven years.

At Monday's announcement at The Rooms in St. John's, Premier Dwight Ball called the plan "ambitious, but achievable."

Despite the impending carbon tax and a growing trend toward green energy, Ball said it's not the time to slack off on developing more oil projects, as the world still very much wants to buy Brent Crude.

"There is still a thirst for oil and gas throughout the world," Ball said. "The transition from where we are today with oil and gas to green energy will take quite some time. So while that transition is occurring and taking place, the world will still need oil and gas."

Advance 2030 also aims to get the province more involved in commercial natural gas production. With more than 133 trillion cubic feet of gas potential surrounding the province, Ball said now is the time to start laying the foundation of that industry so that it will be in full swing within 12 years.

"We already know there are tremendous reserves out there. If we do not put targets in place and the mechanism to get there, the fact is if you don't do that and challenge people it will never get done," he said. "So the development council themselves has set a target and they feel that we have tremendous reserves out there that could lead to a commercial gas industry off our province."

Via CBC News

Originally Posted: Wed, Feb 21st 2018 at 7:43 AM #994

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) announced today that its subsidiary BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has been awarded contracts valued at approximately CA$30 million from Bruce Power to design and supply 13 critical heat exchangers as part of Bruce Power’s asset management program.

These heat exchangers will serve various functions, including maintaining safe reactor temperatures during reactor shutdown conditions and removing decay-heat from the spent fuel storage bays. They are being designed and manufactured in BWXT’s Cambridge, Ontario facility.

BWXT specializes in the design and manufacture of critical nuclear heat exchangers and has supplied over 150 heat exchangers to nuclear utilities worldwide, including several previously for Bruce Power. Work related to these contracts will commence immediately with deliveries occurring between 2018 and 2020.

These heat exchangers will help to safely extend the life of Bruce Power’s reactors so that they can continue to provide low-cost, clean and reliable power for Ontarians for many years in the future,” said John MacQuarrie, President, BWXT Canada.

Our partnership with BWXT Canada is vital to our Life Extension Program, which started January 2016, and is Canada’s largest infrastructure project,” said Mike Rencheck, President and CEO, Bruce Power. “Leveraging BWXT’s proven expertise in heat exchanger work will ensure our Life Extension Program continues to be a success and remains on-time and on-budget supporting Bruce Power’s commitment to continue delivering clean, reliable and low-cost nuclear power for families and business for decades to come.”

This contract is excellent news for BWXT Canada and for the City of Cambridge,” said Member of Parliament for Cambridge, Bryan May. “BWXT Canada produces some of the most critical precision components for nuclear power plants all over the world. The talent right here in Waterloo Region means that Bruce Power can count on a superior product.”

BWXT Canada is a vital part of Cambridge’s advanced manufacturing sector and gives Ontario a huge advantage in the field of nuclear power,” said Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge, the Honourable Kathryn McGarry. “This new contract with Bruce Power demonstrates the value being created in our community by moving forward with Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan, including good jobs in the skilled trades and a clean, reliable electricity supply.”

Forward Looking Statements

BWXT cautions that this release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the performance, timing, impact and value, to the extent contract value can be viewed as an indicator of future revenues, of the heat exchanger contract. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, modification or termination of the contract and delays. If one or more of these or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expressed. For a more complete discussion of these and other risk factors, please see BWXT’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. BWXT cautions not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except to the extent required by applicable law.

About BWXT Canada Ltd.

BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has over 60 years of expertise and experience in the design, manufacturing, commissioning and service of nuclear power generation equipment. This includes CANDU ® and Pressurized Water Reactor steam generators, heat exchangers, nuclear fuel and fuel components, other critical plant components, parts and related plant services. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, BWXT Canada has approximately 950 employees at locations in Cambridge, Peterborough, Toronto and Arnprior, Ontario. BWXT Canada is a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT). BWXT is a leading supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical, management and site services to support governments in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components, fuel and services for the commercial nuclear power industry. Learn more at www.BWXT.com.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power supplies 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 percent less than the average cost to generate residential power. Extending the operational life of the Bruce Power units to 2064 will create and sustain 22,000 direct and indirect jobs every year, create CA$4 billion in annual Ontario economic benefit, and will ensure low-cost, clean and reliable energy for Ontario families and businesses.

Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

Contacts

BWXT Canada Media Contact
Natalie Cutler, 519-620-5288
Communications Manager
nacutler@bwxt.com

Originally Posted: Wed, Feb 14th 2018 at 10:09 AM #993
Acuren Group Inc. Job Fair in search of CGSB Certified Technicians    
 
Thursday February 22, 2018
 
5:00pm to 8:00pm
 
Canadian Hall, Homewood Suites, 975 Syscon Rd, Burlington, ON
 
For more information, please follow the link ... https://www.acuren.com/careers/hot-jobs/
Originally Posted: Tue, Feb 13th 2018 at 3:52 PM #991
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited is happy to announce the addition of REL’s Glo-Black Series of inspection lamps to its product line. The Glo-Black Series are designed for all power prerequisites of Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection (FPI) and Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI). Further, these lights were tested to comply with both ASTM E3022 Standard and Roll-Royce RRES 90061 Requirements. This addition offers NDT Products Ltd. customers a wider choice for their illumination requirements.
 
For more information about the products, email sales@ndtproducts.ca or visit NDT Products website: http://bit.ly/2HejOdY
Originally Posted: Tue, Feb 13th 2018 at 8:40 AM #987

UGMNA, a new event for the NDT community, comes to Charlotte, NC Volume Graphics, a developer of leading software for the analysis and visualization of industrial computed tomography data, will host a new must-attend event for the North American CT and NDT community in Charlotte, NC: The first Volume Graphics User Group Meeting North America (UGMNA). The event will take place on March 12 and 13 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, NC, USA.

The UGMNA will kick off at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 12 with a festive reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Volume Graphics, Inc. in Charlotte, NC. The official conference will begin on Tuesday, March 13 with an exciting one-day conference that focuses on two state-of-the-art technologies: Industrial computed tomography (CT) and additive manufacturing. Two guest speakers, David Bone of Delphi Precision Imaging Corporation and Burke Kernen of Sandia National Laboratories, will both talk about the challenges additive manufacturing poses for inspection and how Volume Graphics helps to overcome them. To offer attendees a complete picture ranging from software to the necessary hardware for CT, the event will also include an exhibition area with partner companies Avonix Imaging, Inc., Jesse Garant Metrology Center, Nikon Metrology, Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions, Inc., YXLON, and ZEISS Industrial Metrology.

Inspiring Exchanges

The UGMNA 2018 is the first Volume Graphics User Group Meeting in North America. It’s the company’s answer to the ever-growing interest of North American customers in a regional user meeting. Volume Graphics has already established similar events in its hometown Heidelberg, Germany, and in Nagoya, Japan, which are both growing in popularity every year. Over the years, these events lead to inspiring exchanges between hundreds of attendees who use Volume Graphics software in quality control, metrology, damage analysis, and product development.

Volume Graphics: Enabling Better Products

Volume Graphics has been developing software for industrial CT since 1997. The headquarters in Heidelberg are the largest of the five locations of Volume Graphics. Employees in offices in the USA (Charlotte, NC), Japan (Nagoya), China (Beijing) and soon Singapore offer sales and support to customers and partners in their respective regions. As of 2016, more than 70% of the “Fortune Global 500” companies worldwide in the automotive and electronics industries were using Volume Graphics solutions. Volume Graphics enables companies to make better products. Its software helps them to find out as much about their products as possible – and non-destructively at that. Industrial CT provides the basis for this, as CT scans reveal every aspect of a component.

For more information: weinreich@volumegraphics.com

+1 (704) 248 7736 Ext. 106

Originally Posted: Mon, Feb 12th 2018 at 11:34 AM #986

ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada has announced major investments of nearly CAD$70 million by 2020 in its Contrecoeur, Quebec steel production facilities. These sums will enable the company to maintain its leading position in steel in North America, with a focus on product quality through more modern plants and a reduced environmental footprint, said the company in a press release.

ArcelorMittal will replace two reheating furnaces at its Contrecoeur-East wire rod mill (approx. CAD$30 million) and its Contrecoeur-West bar mill (approx. CAD$33 million). The aim is to increase the company's rolling capacity by 100,000 tonnes. The work should extend until the first half of 2020.

At the same time, ArcelorMittal will also be replacing the dust collector at the Contrecoeur-West steelworks by the end of 2018 to improve its performance and health and safety. This work will cost approximately CAD$6 million.

The investments were made possible in part by the Québec government's electricity rebate program for L-rate customers, announced by the Government of Quebec in the 2016-2017 Budget. This electricity rebate is intended for companies engaging in major investment projects in the manufacturing sector as well as in the transformation of natural resources. The ArcelorMittal investment project rebate is currently estimated at CAD$25 million until 2020.

In addition to these new announcements, ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada has invested CAD$27 million for a new finishing line at its Longueuil mill, a project which was completed in June 2017. Past and future work requires support from many suppliers and subcontractors, mostly from local nearby communities, which adds to the economic benefits of projects.

"We are renewing ArcelorMittal's commitment to Quebec,” said François Perras, CEO, ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada. “Our choice to invest in the acquisition of high-performance equipment will help us accelerate our move towards high-value-added steel production, particularly for the automotive and construction industries. ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada will also be in a better position to meet its customers' needs and face international competition. Our workers' ongoing efforts and government support have been instrumental in this investment decision. With this modernization plan, we will continue to play a major role in our communities by supporting over 1,700 direct jobs and converting our natural resources right here in Quebec."

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Originally Posted: Thu, Jan 18th 2018 at 1:04 PM #985
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Group of Companies, a major re-seller and distributor of NDT and aviation equipment and supplies, announced today that it has acquired substantially all the Assets, Intellectual and Proprietary property including Trademarks of Infinitex Corp.
 
Infinitex Corp is a New York-based company leading the field of ultra-filtration technology, including its pioneering Splitter and Ultra Series. Infinitex is an OEM of membrane-based filtration systems designed to extract clean water from wastewater so they can be discharged to sewer or re-used. The machines run virtually on their own with built-in micro-processing controls that monitor pressure, temperature and time.
 
Sean McKernan, President and CEO of NDT Products Group of Companies, says that “I have personally known Infinitex for over 20 years and have been their exclusive Canadian Distributor in the last 10 years. We are excited to bring the manufacturing in-house at NDT Products and retain some of the key Infinitex employees moving forward. Infinitex product offerings will strengthen and expand NDT Products Group’s presence across North America and will help accelerate our company’s growth.” This acquisition is the latest in a series of initiatives supported by NDT Products Group to further expand its footprint in aerospace, automotive and manufacturing.
 
Bill Thalman, President and Founder of Infinitex noted that, “We are delighted to work with NDT Products, a company that has the vision, resources and talent that can provide Infinitex expanded growth and opportunities.”
 
Infinitex operations in Clarence Center, NY will remain in place during the transition and existing distribution and customer agreements will not be affected.
 
About Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Group of Companies:
Supplying the NDE industry for 40 years, NDT Products Limited represents the leading names such as AGFA, GE Inspection Technologies, Magnaflux, Oxford Instruments, Sames-Kremlin, Sherwin Inc., Spectroline and Zetec. Through its subsidiary Air Dynamics Limited, serving the aerospace market including 3M, PPG, Elixair, Marvel Aero, Radco, among others. Air Dynamics product mix includes aerospace sealants & adhesives, power supplies & accessories, marking equipment, tooling and ground service equipment (GSE). NDT Products Ltd. headquarters is in St. Catharines, ON and has a regional offices in Baie‐D’Urfé, Quebec and Edmonton, AB.
 
About Infinitex:
 
Infinitex, based in Clarence New York is an OEM of membrane filtration systems for industrial wastewater applications. Since 1990, the company has been manufacturing reliable and cost-efficient nano and ultrafiltration systems for small shops to large-scale operations. Media Contacts Aimee Medina Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited marketing@ndtproducts.ca
Originally Posted: Thu, Jan 4th 2018 at 7:57 AM #971

Domson Engineering & Inspection Ltd. is pleased to formally announce that it is now a subsidiary of Industrial Inspection & Analysis (IIA).

IIA is a high growth inspection, testing, and analytical business seeking to build a multi-national platform to serve a breadth of industrial sectors and geographies. Their expanding global footprint includes operations in California, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota.

Domson is proud to be IIA's first Canadian location.

As Domson nears its 20th year in business, the acquisition provides the Domson brand with a strong leadership group, one that is seeking to expand their service capabilities and geographic range to all their valued clients. Domson is joining IIA's other successful inspection and non-destructive testing brands, which includes US NDI, Fox NDE, and NDT Labs, as well as its engineering and analytical brands, which includes QC Group and Infinium NDE.

"This acquisition further enhances our inspection and analytic capabilities with Domson's well-established expertise within the mobile crane and lifting industry for inspection, certification & engineering services," explains John Cote, CEO of IIA.  "A key part of the IIA vision is serving diversified industries and diversifying our geographic presence. Our focus will continue to be on the customer, employee training, and investing in our capabilities."

IIA's vision is to provide story-worthy service and solutions even through the most challenging situations.

To learn more about the new ownership group, please visit: https://industrial-ia.com/

Domson will continue to operate as Domson Engineering & Inspection Ltd. a subsidiary of IIA.

Previous owner and president, Dennis Domenichini, is excited to act as interim General Manager until a formal replacement can be found.

Inquiries and comments are welcomed and encouraged! As always call us at (905) 789-1326 to book an inspection or ask any questions, or email us at: information@domson.ca

Original story:  
https://www.newswire.com/news/industrial-inspection-analysis-acquires-domson-engineering-inspection-20130208
 
Keith Boshart
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
(905) 789-1326, ext. 308
keith@domson.ca

 
Originally Posted: Wed, Dec 20th 2017 at 8:27 AM #969
Heath, Derek Alfred (1932-2017)
 
It is with great sadness that we announce that Derek passed away peacefully on Wednesday 22 November 2017 after a courageous struggle with illness. Beloved husband of Bridget (Bridie) Heath, loving father of David (Helen) and Angela, grandfather of Megan, Amanda and Jessica. He is survived by brothers Dennis, Frank and Brian and will be fondly remembered by coworkers, family and friends in Canada, Ireland, England and New Zealand.
 
Derek was President of CSNDT, the precursor to CINDE, and was an active and engaged NDT professional throughout his career. He was thought very highly of among colleagues and friends and will be missed by those who were lucky enough to meet him in this tight-knit industry.
Originally Posted: Fri, Dec 15th 2017 at 8:57 AM #965
Clean energy is coming to Canada’s oil patch. The government of Alberta — home to the world’s third-largest oil reserves — on Wednesday auctioned off 595 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to be built in the province. That exceeded the government’s target of 400 megawatts.
 
The process marks a major step for Alberta — Canada’s largest consumer of coal and its second-largest producer of the fuel — in its efforts to transition to all renewable and gas-fired generation by 2030. Rather than a change in direction, Alberta’s government billed the move toward renewables, part of its Climate Leadership Plan, as a continuation of the province’s leading position in energy.
 
It’s an industry that’s going to continue to be at the core of who we are and what we do for many, many years to come,” Premier Rachel Notley said at a news conference. The winning bidders were Capital Power Corp., which is planning a wind farm with 201 megawatts of capacity, EDP Renewables, which is developing a 248-megawatt project, and Enel Green Power SpA, which will build two wind farms with total capacity of 146 megawatts, according to an emailed statement. Combined, the wind farms can power more than 250,000 homes, officials said.
 
The weighted average bid was 3.7 Canadian cents (3 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour, the lowest price for wind power ever in Canada. Developers agreed to sell power for 8.5 Canadian cents a kilowatt-hour in an Ontario procurement last year.

Climate Leadership Plan
 
The Climate Leadership Plan seeks to phase out all pollution from coal-fired electricity and get 30 percent of the province’s power, or about 5,000 megawatts of capacity, from renewable sources by 2030. The first round of the competition started with a request for expressions of interest in March and saw 29 projects advance to the bidding stage.
 
Alberta’s government, controlled by the left-leaning New Democratic Party, has sought to balance efforts to curb climate change while not harming the province’s major industry. Alberta’s oil sands contain the world’s third-largest stores of crude, with proven reserves of about 165.4 billion barrels, and produced about 2.5 million barrels of crude bitumen last year, roughly the same oil output as the entire country of Mexico.

Coal Production
 
Coal is also a major industry in Alberta. The province consumes about two-thirds of the fuel used in Canada for generating electricity, according to the nation’s natural resources department. Alberta has 6,457 megawatts of coal-fired generating capacity, more than four times the 1,530 megawatts in second-place Saskatchewan. The province also accounted for 42 percent of Canada’s coal production last year, according to government estimates. Alberta was expected to produce 27.5 million tons of coal this year, according to the province’s energy regulator.
 
Notley credits the Climate Leadership Plan with helping the province secure federal government approval for Kinder Morgan Inc.’s expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline as well as Enbridge Inc.’s expansion of its Line 3 conduit. Both projects have been seen as key supports for the oil sands, which are a top target of environmentalists seeking to limit global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Pembina Institute, a Calgary-based environmental organization that has been critical of the oil sands industry, praised the power auction on Wednesday, saying it showed that renewables are the affordable electricity-generation option for the province moving forward.
 
It’s a good example of how a competitive process coupled with good policy design can result in cheap clean energy,” Binnu Jeyakumar, the institute’s program director for electricity, said in an emailed statement.
 
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Originally Posted: Wed, Dec 13th 2017 at 10:23 AM #960
Heavy Canadian crude fell to a three-year low against benchmark prices Tuesday as bottlenecks on pipelines and rail networks crimped exports.
 
Canadian crude’s discount to West Texas Intermediate futures has widened more than $15 since August as pipeline companies including Enbridge Inc. rationed space amid high Western Canadian inventories. Rail cars struggled to catch up on deliveries after line disruptions over the past two months.
 
You are in a serious pain point right now,” Mike Walls, a Genscape Inc. analyst, said by phone from Boulder, Colorado. “It’s the perfect storm of too much supply and not enough capacity.”  Western Canadian Select’s discount to WTI steepened $3.50 to $25.25 a barrel, the weakest price since February 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg at 9:52 a.m. Calgary time. It was $10.05 below WTI four months ago. The outright price of the crude slid $4.07 to $32.17 a barrel, the lowest level since June. Edmonton Mixed Sweet crude’s discount to WTI grew $1 to $7 a barrel, the widest since January 2015, and the price fell $1.57 to $50.42 a barrel.
 
TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline to the U.S. shut for almost two weeks last month after a spill in South Dakota, contributing to rising oil inventories in Western Canada. While service on the line has resumed, it’s required to run at a reduced pressure, meaning less oil can pass through.
 
Enbridge said Monday it would ration space on some of its pipelines by another 5 percent in December. The announcement came after the company required shippers on light oil feeder pipelines around Edmonton, Alberta, to restrict deliveries because of “high inventories.” Enbridge’s main line ships heavy and light crude from Edmonton to Superior, Wisconsin.

Rising Production
Crude export pipelines were already filling up as new oil sands production entered the market. Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills mine, for example, is starting up now and scheduled to reach 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day by next quarter.
When pipelines fill up, excess crude is typically pushed onto rail cars, requiring a bigger price discount for the crude to make the more expensive form of transport profitable. Space on rail cars is in short supply after three disruptions to the Canadian National Railways Co.’s system in the past two months. The company is playing “catch up,” Kate Fenske, a spokeswoman, said by phone Monday. Business on all of the company’s lines is up 10 percent since last year, she said.
 
Canadian National gives shippers who have committed to use capacity on the network priority when space is limited because the rail company would have to pay a penalty for shipments not delivered, Fenske said. But Canadian oil shippers have been reluctant to sign up for committed space on rail networks after three new oil export pipelines were approved over the past year, Genscape’s Walls said. That’s in contrast with shippers of other commodities, who have been signing up for space, he said.
Two of the new oil pipelines, the expanded Trans Mountain line to British Columbia and Enbridge’s Line 3, could start operation as early as 2019.
“You may not see a lot of people committing on rail right now and that’s causing the differentials to blow out,” Walls said.
 
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