MRO Magazine


  • News Industry

    Oil curtailment mistakes spawn costly Alberta rail plan, Husky execs say

    March 4, 2019 by Dan Healing

    CALGARY – The Alberta government’s decision to spend $3.7 billion to move more crude by rail is an unintended consequence of its poorly considered production cut order, executives with Husky Energy Inc. charged on Tuesday. The Calgary-based company, which has

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    Syncrude wants judge to dismiss lawsuit of former firefighter with PTSD

    March 4, 2019 by Lauren Krugel

    CALGARY – Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a former first responder who claims he was wrongfully fired following a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Michael Swan filed the lawsuit in Alberta Court of

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    Encana says cost cutting includes 15% job reduction after Newfield acquisition

    March 4, 2019 by Dan Healing

    CALGARY – The CEO of Encana Corp. says it cut its total workforce by 15 per cent and reduced its ranks of executives by 35 per cent in just over a week after closing its deal to buy U.S. rival

  • Most Important Asset for CMMS/EAM: PEOPLE

    February 25, 2019 by Erika Mazza

    The importance of people’s reliability on your asset data integrity. Even though we are entering the era of IIoT and smart machines, the reality is that most organizations are using Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) or an Enterprise Asset Management

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    US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones

    February 18, 2019 by Tammy Webber

    CHICAGO – The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of

  • CanWEA Highlights Operations and Maintenance

    February 18, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    Over 250 industry professionals attended the CanWEA Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Summit recently at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario. The two-day event offered attendees 25 exhibitors located within the largest exhibit spare ever for the event. Exhibitors featured their

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    A new Canadian city flirts with the dream: heated downtown sidewalks

    February 4, 2019 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A winter-weary city councillor in St. John’s, N.L., is hoping to resurrect an idea that has been tried, tested and mostly abandoned in other Canadian cities: heated sidewalks. Sandy Hickman has asked city engineers to look

  • Product

    HPS Titan N

    January 14, 2019 by MRO Magazine

    Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (HPS), now offers three phase encapsulated transformers for industrial and harsh environments named the HPS Titan N. HPS Titan N is completely encapsulated in epoxy and silica, providing protection from airborne contaminants and prevents the ingress

  • Mission Critical – Emergency Power Upgrades

    January 7, 2019 by

    TELUS completes an integrated project to build a new standby generation plant at a mission critical network facility. As one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, TELUS has a multitude of network buildings located throughout Canada. Network buildings provide a number

  • News Industry

    B.C. fuel up 4 cents, more hikes due as ‘bumpy’ year looms at pumps: expert

    January 7, 2019 by The Canadian Press

    VANCOUVER – Extreme volatility in oil markets has resulted in a price jump for gasoline of four cents a litre in Metro Vancouver and an analyst predicts a further hike could arrive within days. Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst

  • Nova Scotia’s Donkin coal mine suspends work after latest ‘roof fall’

    January 4, 2019 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter

    DONKIN, N.S. – Operations have been suspended at Cape Breton’s Donkin coal mine after a “roof fall,” the latest in a string of incidents since last July, according to the provincial Labour Department. None of the mine’s 128 workers were

  • Product

    Festo’s New EFSD

    December 31, 2018 by Mario Cywinski

    Festo’s new EFSD electric stopper provides stop-and-release functionality in the movement of product from station to station in assembly and transfer systems. Benefits include: lower installation cost, faster commissioning and operational energy savings.  EFSD cylinders are suitable for a wide

  • Product

    DC Power Supplies from AutomationDirect

    December 18, 2018 by Mario Cywinski

    AutomationDirect has added PSH series high efficiency power supplies and PSX series rugged IP67 rated power supplies to the RHINO DC power supplies line-up. RHINO high efficiency PSH series 12, 24 and 48 VDC power supplies offer efficiencies up to

  • News Industry

    Suncor warns forced provincial oil cutbacks pose safety, operational risks

    December 17, 2018 by Dan Healing

    CALGARY – Forced Alberta government crude oil production cuts next year will result in “unintended consequences” that could include increased safety hazards for its employees, Suncor Energy Inc. warned Friday. Despite the curtailments that begin Jan. 1, Canada’s largest integrated

  • Operational Excellence Takes Centre Stage

    December 10, 2018 by Mario Cywinski

    The Operational Excellence in Energy and Utilities conference and workshops took place recently at the Old Mill Inn in Toronto, Ontario. Over 150 industry professionals attended the event, including representatives from Enbridge, HydroOne, Suncor, SaskPower, Hydro-Québec, Toronto Hydro, Ontario Power

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    Alberta buying its own rail cars to move oil without feds, Notley says

    December 3, 2018 by Mia Rabson

    OTTAWA – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her province is buying enough new rail cars to ship another 120,000 barrels of oil a day, without the federal government’s help. The premier was in Ottawa Wednesday to deliver a speech steps

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    Nova Scotia power utility comes under fire after widespread outage

    December 3, 2018 by Michael MacDonald

    HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s electric utility came under fire Thursday after widespread power outages prompted opposition leaders and online critics to call on the government to hold the privately owned company to account. The entire Atlantic region was swept by

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    Alberta in ‘crisis’ over low oil price: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    November 27, 2018 by The Canadian Press

    CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Alberta is in a crisis as the province’s oil is being sold at a discount of about $45 a barrel. Speaking in Calgary as pro-oil protesters shut down part of the city’s downtown,

  • New tax incentives for investment could increase Canada’s emissions

    November 27, 2018 by Mia Rabson

    OTTAWA – Big greenhouse-gas emitters will be able to take advantage of new federal tax incentives Finance Minister Bill Morneau promised Wednesday even if that means more emissions, the government says. Measures in Morneau’s fall fiscal update will allow manufacturing

  • EDC spends 12 times more for fossil fuels than clean tech, report says

    November 27, 2018 by Mia Rabson

    OTTAWA – New research shows Export Development Canada provided 12 times as much financial backing to oil and gas companies as it did to clean-technology companies over the last five years. The findings by lobby group Oil Change International show