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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.
 
Article via EnergyNow.ca.
As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing solutions, Eddyfi Technologies is pleased to announce the signature of an official, long-term agreement with Heat Transfer Consultants Inc. (HTC, also known as Inspection Software Systems (ISS)) for the exclusive distribution of TubePro and a series of advanced NDT reporting software.
 
Ten years ago, HTC created the best reporting software for heat exchanger tubing inspection. Since then, TubePro dominates the market, allowing efficient reporting for thousands of jobs worldwide. Simultaneously, Eddyfi Technologies took the market by storm with the Ectane® test instrument, which has become the standard in the industry. Because of this, HTC and Eddyfi Technologies decided to join forces and take the next step in terms of reporting software.
 
NDT professionals and decision makers involved in asset management need better reports and they need them faster. This is exactly where we are going. Instead of having Eddyfi and HTC follow independent development tracks, we will harmonize and coordinate our efforts. This unique business relationship and intimacy will allow Eddyfi and HTC to share data structures and align roadmaps to continuously deliver next-generation reporting tools for the industry,” said Louis Beaulieu-Charbonneau, marketing and products VP at Eddyfi Technologies.
 
TubePro 5 brings a ton of key features to improve productivity such as picture-based ultrafast tubesheet mapping, and it comes standard with 3D modeling and visualization tools. Many more capabilities will be implemented on a regular basis, including compatibility with innovative tubing probes and array data formats, through systematic updates, and it will be better synchronized with the Magnifi® software. Lars Meyer, co-owner and lead programmer at HTC said: “We have come to the end of what version 4.x of TubePro could deliver. It was a good software, but the new platform offers much more potential and we are glad to partner with Eddyfi to market this software worldwide.”
 
Eddyfi Technologies and HTC will leverage their relationship to address the reporting needs people are having with a variety of NDT techniques. “Eddyfi Technologies now possesses a broad portfolio of advanced NDT systems. It is inevitable that we will seek to create, with HTC, the most brilliant reporting software for those and for others that we will acquire in the future,” concluded Louis.
 
About Eddyfi Technologies

Eddyfi Technologies maximizes the potential of multiple advanced NDT inspection technologies. It focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through four complementary brands and product lines: Eddyfi, Silverwing, Teletest, and TSC. Eddyfi Technologies serves customers in more than 80 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace. The group employs more than 250 people and leverages 10 centers of excellence and sales offices worldwide, all staffed by NDT experts.
 
View more information on the Eddyfi Website.
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is pleased to announce the launch of its new high energy industrial CT scanning service. With this system, the company will be the only private lab in the world that provides this specialized inspection service. The new capability will transform the landscape for non-destructive testing and support innovation within advanced manufacturing.
The system is the first of its kind that pairs a 3 MeV cone-beam x-ray source with a large format 2k x 2k flat panel digital detector. It will be able to accommodate rapid inspection of mid-size parts, up to 44.5 inches in diameter by 63 inches in height. This will be advantageous for internal inspection of engineered parts, plastics, composites, castings, and 3D printed parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace, space, defense, automotive, and oil and gas.
 
“It’s always been embedded in the vision of the company to provide trusted solutions that create meaningful advancements in industry. The new computed tomography system is a huge leap forward for mid-size part validation and feasible high-volume part inspection,” says Jesse Garant, President.
 
The unique system offers multiple advantages for non-destructive testing, including a drastic reduction in inspection time for scanning mid-size parts and assemblies. While existing high energy CT inspection services may take 4-16 hours to complete scans, the new system is able to scan parts in less than an hour. The service will also be beneficial for inspection of multi-material parts and assemblies, allowing for cleaner separation of internal components, and inspection of higher density materials not possible with lower energy micro CT systems.
“We’re helping manufacturers qualify and validate parts that either weren’t possible because of limitations with existing technologies or weren’t feasible because the service was too costly or took too much time,” adds Garant.
 
The company aims to fill the gap in current inspection technologies that limits the application of industrial CT technology due to part size and density. This will allow for internal inspection and dimensional validation of high value parts that would otherwise go into production without proper inspection. The exclusive technology will provide accurate metrology data for precise 3D measurements of external and internal part geometries.
 
Calibrated to NIST traceable artifacts, the new machine will help manufacturers maintain the quality and consistency of pre-production and production parts requiring first article dimensional validation. The system will also support PPAP and AS9102 Form 3 reporting requirements specific to the automotive and aerospace industries respectively.
The costly endeavor led by the company required a sizeable $4.5 million investment in technology as well as three years of planning, design, development, and construction to reach full operation. The new system required sourcing from both local and international manufacturers, vendors, and specialists, including the construction of the largest 1m x 1m flat panel detector in the world.
 
With federal operational permits currently in place, the new system is now live. Jesse Garant Metrology Center is currently taking on orders from companies who wish to access this innovative technology during the system’s ramp up period.  
 
Founded in 2009, the company was one of the early pioneers of using CT technology for industrial inspection in North America. Since its inception, the NDT and metrology lab has conducted tens of thousands of inspections for major companies from around the world and is ranked as one of the fastest growing businesses by PROFIT 500. With a total of $15 million invested into imaging technology over the past five years, the company has steadily expanded to meet the growing demand for frequent and large volume inspection projects in the North American market.
 
For more about how our high energy CT service can support your part inspection needs, please contact Mike Earish, Senior Project Manager, at mikee@jgarantmc.com.
 
$37 Million CAD Building Improves Employee Work Experience
 
Olympus NDT (Nondestructive Testing) Canada proceeded today with the official inauguration of its new office and manufacturing complex, built at a cost of $37 million CAD in the Michelet Innovation Zone.  Situated at 3415, rue Pierre-Ardouin, the new site unites all of Olympus NDT Canada's services and personnel under one roof, enabling the company to better respond to production demands and optimize its research and development activities in support of their extensive portfolio of industrial testing and measuring solutions. Company executives from across the Americas and the global headquarters in Japan joined government and business dignitaries from Quebec and beyond to celebrate the facility's opening and to recognize the ideal working environment that it represents.
 
As a previous tenant of the Quebec Metro High Tech park, Olympus NDT Canada decided to invest in the creation of a purpose-built new facility that is more appropriate for the pursuit of its mission: to deliver reliable, cost-effective systems that help ensure quality, safety, and productivity for our customers. "Our new building satisfies our operational growth objectives, and it also clearly advances one of our main areas of focus: the well-being of our employees," explains Alain Laboissonnière, Senior Director of Operations in Quebec. Quality of life for employees is the impetus behind the features that will make the new building the envy of many companies in the provincial capital.
 
A wellness-based work environment
The new 15 794 m2 (170 000 ft2) facility is equipped with a vast hall designed for systems integration – allowing space for large-scale industrial systems to be assembled on-site, as well as an air-conditioned workshop with cutting-edge machining tools for mechanical production. The areas designated for research and development, storage, reception, and shipping are much more spacious than before. Meanwhile, the new electronics manufacturing area is ideally adapted to the company's operations and the server room is now far better equipped. The facility also houses several collaboration-conducive spaces to encourage teamwork, which is fundamental to the company's activities; among these are a number of development labs, more than 40 meeting rooms each equipped with multimedia capabilities, and a 50-person room for employee training.
 
This new facility allows Olympus to offer its employees a range of services to contribute to their well-being; for instance, a cafeteria and multipurpose 400-seat dining hall, a well-equipped exercise room, several common areas, a patio with fireplace, electric vehicle charging stations, and reserved carpool parking. The entrance to the building welcomes visitors with distinctive features such as a ten-meter (32 ft) high ceiling accentuated by a two-story staircase and floor-to-ceiling mural. Built according to the highest environmental building standards, the building is designed to include two green roofs where gardens will add not only aesthetic value, but energy savings as well. The building's orientation, interior design, and an abundance of windows optimize natural light. It is also equipped with a heat recovery system for ventilation and a water reuse system.
 
Allocation of space by department:
    Manufacturing and operations: 45%
    Systems integration: 20%
    Research and development: 20%
    Administrative services and common areas: 15%
 
In addition to creating interior spaces for meeting and collaborating as well as spaces that create a variety of different atmospheres, the architects designed outdoor relaxation areas for employees that line the bank of a small creek and bike path that run through the property. "Olympus has chosen this focus on well-being to preserve its values of innovation, excellence, respect, teamwork, and customer service," states Valerie Lavoie, Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration.
There are currently 380 employees at Olympus NDT Canada. However, the recent move has allowed the company to begin an immediate expansion of its personnel, and recruiting is already underway. The company intends to increase its staff to more than 400 employees, with a focus on software engineering, electrical engineering, and electronics and mechanical manufacturing.
 
About Olympus NDT Canada
The only Canadian subsidiary of Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas, Olympus NDT is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative non-destructive testing instruments that are used in industrial and research applications ranging from aerospace, power generation, petrochemical, civil infrastructure, and automotive to consumer products. Olympus produces dependable and economical maintenance and inspection systems for customers around the world that contribute to the improved safety, security, and productivity for our customers and global communities. Our leading-edge technologies include ultrasound, phased array, eddy current, and eddy current array. 
 
As a world leader in advanced non-destructive testing solutions, Eddyfi Technologies confirms the acquisition of the guided wave technology and product portfolio from Plant Integrity Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Welding Institute (TWI).
 
Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, TWI and Plant Integrity have developed, manufactured, and commercialized the Teletest® Focus guided wave NDT system for the past 20 years. The Teletest technology uses long-range guided wave ultrasonic testing to detect corrosion in pipes and pipelines.
 
As part of the transaction, Eddyfi Technologies created the “Teletest” business unit to design, manufacture, sell, and service guided wave technology globally. Sales and service of the Focus instruments, WaveScan™ software, transducer rings, CSWIP LRUT training, product rental, equipment calibration and repair, as well as support services will now be provided by Teletest, part of Eddyfi Technologies. The R&D and collaborative projects activities from TWI and Plant Integrity were excluded from the transaction. All Plant Integrity staff involved in the product portfolio acquired by Eddyfi Technologies joined the team and will relocate to a new facility in the Cambridge area in the coming months. The Plant Integrity guided wave staff in the US relocated to Eddyfi Technologies offices in Houston, Texas.
 
This is the fourth strategic acquisition by Eddyfi Technologies and the third in the past 16 months in the UK. It expands the company’s technology portfolio, widens its customer base, gives critical mass to its UK presence, while adding talented and world-class NDT experts to the group. Martin Thériault, Eddyfi Technologies president and CEO says: “We are very happy to welcome a fourth brand and the guided wave science to Eddyfi Technologies. In particular, this high-end, proven and established, science will nicely complement our Lyft® pulsed eddy current platform and improve our corrosion solutions’ portfolio. In addition, we believe that access to the global Eddyfi Technologies sales network and the significant investment in R&D and new product development will offer new possibilities for Teletest for the benefit of our customers and the industry.”
 
Professor Aamir Khalid, Technology Director at TWI adds: “This transaction completes the story for TWI. TWI developed the Teletest guided wave equipment and now passes it on to a reputable industry player to productize it further and realize the full potential of the science that we developed. TWI and Plant Integrity will focus on providing core inspection, research, and consultancy services to its members and clients.”
 
View the release on the Eddyfi Technologies website.
 
About Eddyfi Technologies
Eddyfi Technologies maximizes the potential of multiple advanced NDT inspection technologies. It focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through four complementary brands and product lines: Eddyfi, Silverwing, Teletest, and TSC. Eddyfi Technologies serves customers in more than 80 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace. The group employs more than 250 people and leverages 10 centers of excellence and sales offices worldwide, all staffed by NDT experts.
 
About TWI
TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organizations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies. Established at Great Abington, Cambridge, UK, in 1946 and with facilities across the globe, the company has a first-class reputation for service through its teams of internationally respected consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff. The company employs more than 900 staff, serving 700 member companies across 4500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses a professional institution, the Welding Institute, with a separate membership of over 6000 individuals.
 
For details:
Veronique Chayer
Marketing Leader
Eddyfi Technologies
T: 418-780-1565 x430
C: 581-999-9202
October 5, 2017,  by Meenal Vamburkar
 
(Bloomberg) TransCanada Corp. has scrapped its Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects, oil and natural gas conduits that have faced regulatory hurdles in Canada and stiff opposition from environmental groups.
As a result of the decision, TransCanada expects an estimated C$1 billion ($801 million) after-tax, non-cash charge to be recorded in the fourth quarter, the company said in a statement Thursday. Because regulators failed to reach a decision on the projects, TransCanada expects “no recoveries of costs from third parties.” The Energy East link to Canada’s Atlantic Coast carried a C$15.7 billion price tag.
 
Energy producers in Alberta had hoped the projects would help them diversify their markets, with most of the existing pipeline network linking the energy-rich province to the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast. Last month, TransCanada sought a 30-day suspension of the project applications for more time to review environmental assessment factors.
 
“TransCanada was forced to make the difficult decision to abandon its project, following years of hard work and millions of dollars in investment,” the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, an industry group, said in a statement. “The loss of this major project means the loss of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars for Canada, and will significantly impact our country’s ability to access markets for our oil and gas.”
The decision comes as TransCanada seeks again to complete its controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration rejected in 2015. The $8 billion project, which would carry heavy crude from Alberta to Nebraska, is awaiting state approval in Nebraska after a hearing in August. A final decision on whether to build the line is pending.

Atlantic Access
In January, the National Energy Board voided previous decisions on the Energy East application, forcing the company to start the hearing process anew shortly after competing pipeline projects have been approved. The change came after the regulator’s previous hearing panel stepped down amid accusations of bias.
 
TransCanada applied to build Energy East three years ago, seeking to open access for Western Canadian oil producers to the Atlantic Ocean for exports to Europe. It faced intense opposition in Quebec, where the province’s premier said the line posed a significant risk to its freshwater resources.
 
Energy East would carry about 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to eastern Canadian refineries and a marine terminal in New Brunswick. The Eastern Mainline project would add new gas pipeline and compression facilities to an existing system in Southern Ontario, where most of the country’s home and industrial gas consumers are located.
 
“We are not at all surprised by the decision,” given that TransCanada had sought to delay the project applications, said Robert Kwan, an analyst at RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in a research note. The decision won’t affect the company’s dividend because its growth forecast didn’t include those projects, he said.
 
Article via EnergyNow
Enform Canada (Enform) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA), announced they have completed the merger between the two safety associations. The new organization is called Energy Safety Canada.

"The merger of these two organizations signals a new day for our industry," says John Rhind, Energy Safety Canada's CEO. "Energy Safety Canada will combine the knowledge and benefits of both organizations to improve oil and gas safety performance. As a unified entity, our vision is to be a globally-recognized authority. Now is the time for industry in Canada to work together and build a world-class reputation for safety.

Rhind has worked for more than 30 years in the industry, including serving as Shell Canada’s Vice President, Oil Sands, and he has played a central role in shaping the vision and benefits of a merged safety association since it was proposed in 2015. Rhind will lead the new organization along with Murray Elliott, who will serve as President. Elliott is a former member of Enform's Board of Directors and former General Manager for Shell Canada's Greater Deep Basin. He also served as Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development for Shell’s Heavy Oil division.

Oil and gas safety in Canada is changing for the better. The new organization is focused on creating standards to help industry arrive at one clear, simple and agreed-upon way of doing things,” says Elliott. “Through collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including a soon-to-be-established senior industry advisory body, Energy Safety Canada will share data analysis and safety expertise to accelerate the improvement of safe work performance. Our goal is the same as industry’s – zero injuries, zero incidents.

As the organization works through the transition, workers’ training and certifications will remain valid, and the services offered by Enform and OSSA will continue, business as usual.

About Energy Safety Canada

Energy Safety Canada is the national safety association for the oil and gas industry. Representing workers and employers, Energy Safety Canada was formed through a merger of Enform Canada (Enform) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) in October 2017. Energy Safety Canada’s focus is to develop and support common industry safety standards, ensure effective learning systems, share data analysis and safety expertise with workers and employers, and advocate for worker health and safety.

News via Enform
Quebec City is home to some of the country’s most dynamic, innovative firms. The 11 firms headquartered in the Quebec City Area on this year’s ranking grew their revenues an average of 341% between 2011 and 2016. Collectively they employed 2,020 full time-equivalent employees in 2016.
 
Nucleom also stands in the 45th spot on the PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada’s fastest-Growing Companies.
 
Article via Canadian Business
University of Toronto Aerospace Team’s (UTAT) customized payload features two Genie camera models for high ground resolutions and fast frame rates, enabled by Teledyne GigE Vision software for Linux
 
Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in image sensing technology, congratulates the University of Toronto Aerospace Team’s (UTAT) UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions on their recent success at Unmanned Systems Canada’s national competition. Both teams were honored with awards for the design and performance of their custom-built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) which flew autonomous search patterns while capturing images at approximately 200 feet above ground.
 
As a platinum sponsor, Teledyne DALSA provided 2 Genie cameras for the mission. The primary payload, a Genie TS-C4096 provided complete coverage of surveillance regions with high ground resolutions for effective target detection and characterization. A second and lighter weight Genie Nano C1940 model provided high-resolution color imaging from a multirotor. In 2018, both teams plan to deploy the Genie Nano C5100 as their primary imaging payload.
 
Teams were ranked for their ability to accurately report goose population attributes, including the geolocations of detected nests, the number of distinct goose species observed and a census count for each of these species. The UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions were two of thirteen university student teams to compete in the Flying Phase of the 9th Unmanned Systems Canada UAS Student Competition and placed 2nd and 1st in the design phase and 1st and 4th in flight operations respectively.
 
"We have had great success using Teledyne DALSA Genie cameras for practical applications like target recognition and identification, precision agriculture and wildlife monitoring," commented Erik Chau, team lead for UTAT. "With the recent release of the Linux Gig-E Framework, we are able to acquire high-resolution images at very fast frame rates on an Odroid XU4 running a Ubuntu operating system."
 
Teledyne DALSA is committed to continuing its sponsorship of the University of Toronto Aerospace team in 2018.
Genie camera models feature the industry’s leading SONY and On-Semi CMOS image sensors. A small form actor and multiple resolutions allow Genie Nano cameras to deliver fast frame rates over a GigE Vision or Camera link standard interface, with a broad feature set that includes Teledyne’s own TurboDrive technology and Trigger-to-Image-Reliability. System designers have deployed Genie models in applications from industrial automation to imaging for the entertainment industry.
 
About Teledyne DALSA, Inc.
Teledyne DALSA is an international technology leader in sensing, imaging, and specialized semiconductor fabrication. Our image sensing solutions span the spectrum from infrared through visible to X-ray; our MEMS foundry has earned a world-leading reputation. In addition, through our subsidiaries Teledyne Optech and Teledyne Caris, we deliver advanced 3D survey and geospatial information systems. Headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, Teledyne DALSA employs approximately 1400 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.teledynedalsa.com.

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