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Originally Posted: Mon, Nov 19th 2018 at 10:24 AM #1021
Canadian heavy crude prices rallied Friday as U.S. refinery demand rises and increased volumes are shipped by rail car.
Heavy Western Canadian Select’s discount to West Texas Intermediate futures narrowed to $39.25 a barrel, the smallest since late September, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The absolute price increased to $17.43 a barrel after dropping on Thursday to the lowest in Bloomberg data stretching back a decade.
 
BP Plc returned its crude unit and a coker to operation after maintenance was completed, a person familiar with operations said Wednesday. At the same time, increased volumes of crude are being exported by rail as companies sign up for multi-year contracts.
 
Crude-by-rail loadings at monitored terminals in Western Canada reached a record-high monthly average of 274,000 barrels a day in October, according to Genscape Inc. data. Canadian oil companies have said they seek to double those volumes by next year.
 
“If rail volumes continue expanding, it could help cover for limited storage space and help producers avoid cuts,” Dylan White, oil market analyst at Genscape Inc. said in an email.
A glut caused by a surge Western Canadian production running into limited pipeline capacity this year has caused heavy and light grades to trade at record discounts to world oil benchmarks. Last month, WCS more than $50 a barrel to WTI. A year ago, the discount was less than $15.
 
The price collapse has prompted oil sands producers including Cenovus Energy Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to shut what could amount to 140,000 barrels a day or more this quarter.
Crude inventories at five monitored terminals in Western Canada reached 34.2 million barrels the week ended Nov. 9, Genscape’s White said. That’s an increase of about a million barrels versus two weeks earlier. Inventories reached the highest observed capacity in May 2014.
 
Article via EnergyNow.
Originally Posted: Thu, Nov 1st 2018 at 3:50 PM #1019
The NRCan NDTCB has implemented a significant program update to its certification process for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). The minimum percentage of qualifying work experience obtained by NDT candidates in order to be eligible for practical examination has been reduced from 50% to 25% (reference updated [Version 03] NRCan NDTCB Rules of Implementation for CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014). The current Rules of Implementation for CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 can be found on our website at the following link: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/mining-materials/non-destructive-testing/8586.
 
This means that candidates who have obtained 25% or more of their total required work experience hours (and have satisfied all minimum application requirements) are eligible to receive admittance to the NDT practical examination for a given method. This change affects new applications and applications already in process. Candidates are responsible to contact the NRCan NDTCB to inquire about their eligibility for practical examination, or to submit work experience hours for review to receive their practical examination admittance and registration form(s). The NRCan NDTCB will not notify candidates of their eligibility for practical examination—candidates must initiate this process/inquiry. Please contact the NDTCB for more information.

Background: This program update is being implemented by the NRCan NDTCB as part of our continuous improvement to further streamline the certification process, and to assist candidates in gaining both employment/work experience and certification in the field of NDT.

Based on recent feedback from various industry stakeholders and program users across Canada, the NRCan NDTCB is aware that it may be challenging for candidates to gain access to the qualifying work experience required for both practical examination eligibility and certification eligibility, which may then create potential time delays and barriers for the fulfillment of certification and examination requirements.

 
Although program updates such as this may improve the certification process for current and future candidates, the NDTCB would like to encourage the NDT industry/employers to continue to improve access to and provide opportunities for quality work experience for NDT certification candidates.
 
As always, the NRCan NDTCB appreciates your participation and continued support and we strongly encourage you to share this update with as many current or future candidates as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.
 
Thank you

 
Bonjour,
 
L’OCEND de RNCan a mis en œuvre une importante mise à jour du programme concernant son processus de certification en essais non destructifs (END). Le pourcentage minimum d’expérience de travail nécessaire que les candidats à la certification en END doivent avoir obtenu pour être admissibles à l’examen pratique a été réduit de 50 % à 25 % (référence mise à jour [version 03] : Règles de mise en œuvre de la norme CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 de l’OCEND de RNCan). Les règles de la mise en œuvre de la norme CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2014 sont disponibles sur notre site Web à l'adresse suivante: https://www.rncan.gc.ca/mines-materiaux/essais-non-destructifs/8587.
 
Cela signifie que les candidats qui ont obtenu au moins 25 % du nombre total d’heures d'expérience de travail exigées (et qui ont satisfait à toutes les exigences minimales applicables à la demande de certification) peuvent être admis à l'examen pratique de certification en END pour une méthode donnée. Cette modification touche les nouvelles demandes et les demandes déjà en cours de traitement. Les candidats sont responsable de communiquer avec l’OCEND de RNCan pour se renseigner sur leur admissibilité à l’examen pratique ou pour soumettre les heures d’expérience de travail afin de recevoir leurs formulaires d’admission et d’inscription à l’examen pratique. L’OCEND de RNCan n’informera pas les candidats de leur admissibilité à l’examen pratique, les candidats doivent se charger par eux-mêmes de cette requête ou demande de renseignements. Veuillez communiquer avec l’OCEND pour obtenir de plus amples informations.

Contexte : Cette mise à jour du programme est mise en œuvre par l’OCEND de RNCan dans le cadre de notre processus d’amélioration continue pour but de simplifier le processus de certification et d’aider les candidats à acquérir de l’expérience professionnelle/emploi et une certification dans le domaine des END.

Les commentaires reçus récemment de divers intervenants de l'industrie et utilisateurs du programme de partout au Canada ont montré à l’OCEND de RNCan qu'il pouvait être difficile pour les candidats d'accéder à l’expérience de travail nécessaire exigée pour l'admissibilité à l’examen pratique et à la certification, ce qui peut entraîner des retards et créer des obstacles au respect des exigences en matière d’admissibilité à la certification et à l’examen.

Bien que les mises à jour du programme comme celle-ci puissent améliorer le processus de certification des candidats actuels et futurs, l’OCEND souhaite encourager le secteur des END et les employeurs à continuer à améliorer l'accès à des possibilités d'expérience de travail de qualité pour les candidats à la certification en END.
 
Comme toujours, l’OCEND de RNCan vous remercie de votre participation et de votre soutien constant et nous vous encourageons vivement à partager cette mise à jour avec autant de candidats présents ou futurs que possible. Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas à contacter notre bureau.
 
Merci,
 
National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB)
Natural Resources Canada
183 Longwood Road South, 1st Floor
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A5
Telephone: 1-866-858-0473
Fax: (905) 645-0836
NDT Email: nrcan.ndt-end.rncan@canada.ca
Website: http://ndt.nrcan.gc.ca
 
Organisme nationale de certification en essais non destructifs (OCEND)
Ressources naturelles Canada
183, chemin Longwood sud, 1ère Étage
Hamilton (Ontario) Canada  L8P 0A5
Téléphone : 1-866-858-0473
Télécopieur : (905) 645-0836
Courriel END :  nrcan.ndt-end.rncan@canada.ca  
 
 
 
Originally Posted: Thu, Oct 18th 2018 at 11:56 AM #1018
The CNSC is the first regulator in Canada to implement clear guidance and requirements for managing worker fitness for duty with respect to alcohol and drug use, which includes a comprehensive set of alcohol and drug testing measures.
 
Read about how our experts are sharing and exchanging knowledge on both the national and international stages:
Originally Posted: Tue, Oct 16th 2018 at 9:14 AM #1017

Building on last year's success, we are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Winnipeg Open House on Wednesday October 17th.

Some of the new and exciting products and solutions that will be showcased are:

    C - Scan Solution for the fast inspection of composite structures
    Handheld Eddy Current Instrument with array probes for surface inspection of cracks, corrosion, conductivity and coating thickness
    Drone Inspection - Inspection of inaccessible, dangerous, and confined spaces all while reducing downtime, inspection costs, and increasing safety

 

We will also have product specialists on-hand to help you with solutions for inspection challenges in:

    Visual Inspection
    Radiography
    Ultrasonic
    Eddy Current
    Drone Inspection
    MPI/LPI

 

Visit the Intech NDE website for more details.
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

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