In the aftermath of the abandoned Energy East project

In the aftermath of the abandoned Energy East project

By Christopher Williams

Canada accounts for 10 per cent of the world’s proven oil reserves with an estimated reserve of 171.0 billion barrels —166 billion in Alberta’s oil sands, along with 5 billion barrels in conventional, offshore, and tight oil formations. Despite the presence of all this potential wealth, Canada has been attempting unrewardingly for years to build new pipelines to carry the crude to tidewater and world markets. Canada already moves about 95 per cent of its oil by pipelines, but they are full. Rail is the second most economical transportation mode for exporting crude. While new pipeline projects mired in bureaucracy, oil travelling on Canada’s railways increased eight times since 2012. (more…)

Port of Belledune celebrates 50 years of growth, diversity and community

Port of Belledune celebrates 50 years of growth, diversity and community

By Christopher Williams

In 1968, The Beatles topped the charts with Hey Jude, and the first “manned” spacecraft orbited the moon. Simultaneously, New Brunswick’s Village of Belledune became a centre of unprecedented progress with the construction of a major deep-water port. The remote community saw hardware stores open. Gas stations and grocers flourished. Port expansions continued through the decades resulting in new customers and record traffic.

“In 2018, we handled 402,172 tonnes in July alone which broke our all-time record for tonnage in a single month,” says Jenna MacDonald, Director of Marketing & Business Development. “We also just passed the million-dollar mark of funds reinvested in the region through sponsorships and donations since 2008.” (more…)

How to build ports for the future – Highlights of ACPA’s 60th Annual Conference in Saint John

How to build ports for the future – Highlights of ACPA’s 60th Annual Conference in Saint John

By Christopher Williams

Plan for future changes now and flourish. That’s the takeaway for representatives from ports across Canada and the world who gathered in Saint John, NB, September 10-13th for the 60th Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA). Founded in 1958, ACPA represents all Canadian Port Authorities, various government entities and companies doing business in the marine sector. About 200 delegates heard keynote speakers and panelists focus on the future with such topics as supply chain clusters, meta-data analysis, climate resilience, global trade trends and cruise sector growth. (more…)

Chaleur Terminals to export western oil through Port of Belledune

By Christopher Williams

A new petroleum logistics company based in Calgary, Alberta and Bathurst, N.B, plans to construct a loading facility at the port of Belledune on Chaleur Bay in northeastern New Brunswick. The facility will consist of a low-speed rail circuit system, an oil terminal with eight 150,000-barrel steel storage tanks and a three-kilometre pipeline to be installed between the facility and the marine terminals at the port of Belledune. Canadian National Railways (CN) will deliver petroleum to the site for storage and loading aboard marine vessels for international markets.

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Build a modular fabrication facility during a recession? Sure, no problem!

By Christopher Williams

Modular construction techniques are gaining in popularity worldwide and Port of Belledune has built the infrastructure required to play a fab role in this mod squad.

The evolution of “modularisation” is an important and cost effective construction technique. It’s having a huge impact on industry by delivering large scale projects faster, at lower cost and with significant safety improvements. 

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Belledune is perfectly located to ship wood pellets

By Christopher Williams

Exemplified by its need for a new modular fabrication facility, Belledune Port Authority (BPA) develops a clear vision for a market need, and then makes it happen. “Back in 2007, we saw an opportunity to build the facilities and equipment to handle wood pellets,” recalls Rayburn Doucett, President and CEO of BPA. “We now handle approximately 120,000 tonnes per year of wood pellets in bulk and we, with our partners at Eastern Canada Stevedoring, have become a specialist in these shipments.”

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