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With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the NRCan NDTCB is working to ensure the health and safety of the public and our team members in accordance with all public safety guidelines. We are closely monitoring the situation and will adjust our business practices and client services rapidly as required. We remain at the ready to assist you as best as we can throughout this situation. We will keep you updated on any developments.

At this time, certification processing and services are likely to be disrupted, delayed, and/or postponed.

Temporary accommodations and extensions relating to initial certifications and renewals/recertifications will be provided for select candidates. Currently, the accommodations are:

  • A 6-month extension for NDT renewal and recertification candidates who have certifications that expire from April 15, 2020 to September 15, 2020. This 6-month extension is applied to the current expiry date listed on your certification ID card, and the Directory of Certified Personnel.
  • A 6 month extension for NDT initial certification candidates who have examinations in process that expire(d) after March 15, 2020. This 6-month extension is applied to the current expiry date(s) listed on your most recent examination results letter.
  • A 6-month extension for XRF renewal and recertification candidates who have certifications that expire from March 16, 2020 to September 15, 2020. This 6-month extension is applied to the current expiry date listed on your certification ID card, and the Directory of Certified Personnel.
  • A 6-month extension for EDO photo ID cards that expire from March 16, 2020 to September 15, 2020. This 6-month extension is applied to the current expiry date listed on your EDO

The appropriate extension accommodations will be applied automatically (no need for candidate to submit a request) without re-issuance of the corresponding paperwork or documents. As conditions evolve, we will adjust services accordingly—temporary accommodations and extensions may be amended or applied as required. Please check our website regularly for further updates on this rapidly evolving situation. For more details, please contact our office.

Contacting and communicating with the NDTCB:

At this time, we strongly advise that clients and certificate holders refrain from mailing, shipping or faxing certification-related documents and communications; we will be maintaining communication services via email and telephone. We will also not be providing in-person client services at our local office at this time. We encourage clients to provide the NRCan NDTCB with your most up-to-date personal email address and telephone number to avoid interruptions in communication.

For all telephone inquiries, please call our main telephone line: 1-866-858-0473
(Note: other NDTCB telephone lines may not be monitored at this time.)

For email inquiries, send your emails to our main inboxes listed below:
NRCan NDTCB main inbox: ndt@nrcan.gc.ca
NRCan renewal and recertification: nrcan.ndtrecert@canada.ca
EDO written examination: nrcan.cedo-oaea.rncan@canada.ca
(Note: other NDTCB email inboxes may not be monitored at this time.)

The health and safety for the public is a priority for the NDTCB—we appreciate your understanding and support.
 
With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the NRCan NDTCB is working to ensure the health and safety of the public and our team members in accordance with all public safety guidelines. We are closely monitoring the situation and will adjust our business practices and client services rapidly as required. We remain at the ready to assist you as best as we can throughout this situation. We will keep you updated on any developments.
 
At this time, certification processing and services are likely to be disrupted, delayed, and/or postponed. Temporary accommodations and extensions relating to initial certifications and renewals/recertifications may be provided as required. Please check our website regularly for further updates on this rapidly evolving situation.
 
Contacting and communicating with the NDTCB:
At this time, we strongly advise that clients and certificate holders refrain from mailing, shipping or faxing certification-related documents and communications; we will be maintaining communication services via email and telephone. We will also not be providing in-person client services at our local office at this time.
 
For all telephone inquiries, please call our main telephone line: 1-866-858-0473 (Note: other NDTCB telephone lines may not be monitored at this time.)
 
For email inquiries, send your emails to our main inboxes listed below:
 
NRCan NDTCB main inbox: ndt@nrcan.gc.ca
 
NRCan renewal and recertification: nrcan.ndtrecert@canada.ca
 
EDO written examination: nrcan.cedo-oaea.rncan@canada.ca (Note: other NDTCB email inboxes may not be monitored at this time.)
 
The health and safety for the public is a priority for the NDTCB—we appreciate your understanding and support. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Eddyfi/NDT, through a strategic partnership with Novacap and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec ("CDPQ"), announced today the acquisition of NDT Global. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and with main operations in Stutensee, Germany, NDT Global is a premium ultrasonic pipeline inline inspection ("ILI") and data analysis supplier for onshore and offshore pipelines worldwide. It delivers a full range of services including geometry and deformation inspection, metal loss and crack inspection, defect assessment and fitness for purpose investigations around the world.   

The combination of Eddyfi Technologies and NDT Global is an innovative and private Test & Measurement ("T&M") technology group focused on Non-Destructive Testing ("NDT"). Eddyfi/NDT will now have 1,000+ employees working in 20 global offices and serving customers in 110 countries. It is composed of high-end technology business units operating in two different segments: NDT Equipment and Application-Specific Integrated Inspections. The global headquarters are located in the advanced NDT hub of Québec city.

Martin Theriault, CEO of Eddyfi/NDT, says: "We have spent the past 10 years developing, acquiring and perfecting the most advanced NDT modalities in the world. At every level of technology, pushing the limits of NDT to new heights has allowed us to solve critical problems and deliver superior, information-rich data for the benefits of our clients. However, selling inspection instrumentation & technology alone in certain very niche and specialized sub-verticals, such as ILI inspection, simply does not work. We are therefore excited to join forces with NDT Global and work with them and their clients to take ILI NDT to the next level."

This merger successfully joins two leaders in their respective markets: Eddyfi Technologies as a provider of the highest performance NDT inspection technologies and NDT Global as an advanced ultrasonic ILI and integrity services provider. Global pipeline operators have come to rely on NDT Global for the most accurate assessment of the condition of their pipeline assets. Coupled with the additional expertise in non-destructive testing techniques and technology of Eddyfi Technologies, NDT Global will deliver increased accuracy and enhanced information to assure the safe operation of pipelines.     

Richard Matthews, President and CEO of NDT Global, comments, "Joining with Eddyfi/NDT offers a tremendous opportunity to leverage our respective technologies to develop even better solutions. At NDT Global we want to continue our trend of being a technology disruptor whilst delivering new and never seen before solutions to our customers through out of the box thinking, creativity and collaboration – we believe Eddyfi/NDT will help us materialize this vision."

Furthermore, to complete this acquisition, Eddyfi/NDT confirmed a new round of equity financing with Montreal-based Novacap, making its first investment in the company with CA$ 163 million, and CDPQ, making an additional investment of CA$ 107 million. The new equity investment is combined with new debt financing provided by a banking syndicate led by National Bank of Canada and additional debt from Investissement Quebec ("IQ"). Over CA$ 600 million was raised to complete the NDT Global acquisition as well as pursue other strategic opportunities.

CDPQ made its initial investment in Eddyfi in March 2017. Since then, it has helped the company complete four additional acquisitions in Europe and North America, as well as diversify across technologies and geographies. In addition, CDPQ has supported the development of a new strategic plan to deliver substantial growth while also building an industrial technology business at the forefront of its sector. "Québec SME expansion and globalization is a key aspect of our strategy, and our support for Eddyfi over the years reflects that. Since our first investment, the company has experienced tremendous and sustained growth, becoming one of the largest private companies in the Greater Québec City area today," said Charles Émond, President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ.

Novacap played a critical role in this transformative and complex acquisition. "The merger is highly strategic and represents a unique, complementary combination of a service provider and equipment manufacturer at the technological forefront of the non-destructive testing market. Asset aging, coupled with heightened public concern about environmental protection, has given rise to increasingly stringent pipeline integrity management programs. Operators understand the complexities of asset aging as well as the importance of public opinion, and they rely on NDT Global to continuously set new standards in pipeline inspection to address these issues. We are highly confident that NDT Global, under the Eddyfi/NDT group, will deliver superior inspection technology and value-added services to operators globally," said David Lewin, Senior Partner at Novacap (TMT). 

Finally, Pascal Tremblay, Novacap's President & CEO, added: "I would like to thank our new business partners, Martin Theriault, Louis-Georges Gauvin (CFO), and their teams for being the driving force behind this acquisition. I would also like to thank CDPQ who played a critical role in the execution of this complex transaction, as well as our highly supportive limited partners who co-invested with us to make this deal possible. I am very happy to say that Eddyfi/NDT is the largest platform investment in Novacap's history. We are proud to be a partner of the Eddyfi/NDT team, a Quebec-based leader in a global industry of this scale."

Baird acted as an exclusive financial advisor to Eddyfi/NDT in the transaction. McCarthy Tétrault acted as lead legal advisor to Eddyfi/NDT.

Via PRNewswire

As of early Monday, Suncor had lost more than 25 per cent of its value and Cenovus was down by almost half.

Oil prices dropped dramatically on Monday with North American stock markets briefly halted shortly after opening — and Canadian energy companies were sold off, hard. As of early Monday, Suncor had lost more than 25 per cent of its value and Cenovus was down by almost half. North American stock markets were halted shortly after opening on Monday morning as circuit breakers designed to slow down panic selling kicked in within minutes. The NYSE, Nasdaq and TSX all hit what's known as a level 1 trading halt within minutes of opening. Such a halt automatically suspends all trading on the market for 15 minutes when there's been a decline of more than seven per cent. A level 2 halt automatically kicks in after a decline of 13 per cent, for another 15 minutes. If the decline hits 20 per cent, a level 3 halt shuts down trading for the rest of the day. The TSX lost more than 1,400 points, or eight per cent, within minutes of opening, so the Canadian index's circuit breaker was triggered. That's the worst day for the TSX since the financial crisis. The trading halts were lifted 15 minutes after being implemented and the selling continued both in the U.S. and Canada — although not by enough to implement a level 2 halt, so far.

Crude price dropped more than 25%

The panic started on Sunday evening after Saudi Arabia kicked off an all-out price war in the oil market, announcing it would be removing any production caps. That move sent the price of crude tumbling more than 25 per cent, and came on top of existing fears over the coronavirus currently spreading around the world. West Texas Intermediate crude fell $11.80 US to $29.48 and international benchmark Brent fell $12 to $33.20.
By Monday morning, Western Canadian Select had plummeted to $22.33 US per barrel.  It was the largest single-day drop since the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991. Prices are falling as Saudi Arabia, Russia and other oil-producing countries argue about how much to cut production in order to prop up prices. Demand for energy is falling as people cut back on travel around the world. The worry is that the coronavirus outbreak will slow economies sharply, meaning even less demand. OPEC and key ally Russia failed to agree Friday on a cut to oil production that would have contained the plunge, and on Saturday, Saudi Arabia's state oil giant Aramco slashed export prices.

"We're seeing the outcome of a one-two punch in terms of a demand shock from the coronavirus … and on top of that this weekend's news of a price war started after the breakdown of OPEC plus Russia arrangements," said Blake Shaffer, an assistant professor of economics and public policy at University of Calgary.

Shaffer said the demand-side drop was expected but the more recent development of a price war is a supply-side issue that's hammering the market.

A 'nuclear-sized event' for Alberta

The oil market has seen arguments like this before. In 2014, OPEC held off production cuts in order to hold onto market share in the face of a resurgent U.S. oil industry. That led oil to tumble from over $100 US a barrel to below $40 by 2015.

But experts say this drop is much more dramatic. "This is a really big move. I was an energy trader for 15 years. I don't have all the daily moves in my head, but this would definitely be one of the biggest ones I've seen," Shaffer said. Martin Pelletier, a portfolio manager with Trivest Wealth Council in Calgary, said this is a "nuclear-sized event" for an already-hurting Alberta, and if not contained, the economic malaise could spread to the rest of the country. "This could be the knock-out punch for Alberta, unfortunately," Pelletier said, adding that some companies might not survive the hit. "We're going to really need to see some leadership coming out of Ottawa, and I mean both the Bank of Canada and [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau and the government … This is a crisis; this is a very serious event."

Pelletier said he'd like to see both a large fiscal spending program tailored to impacted provinces and an emergency rate cut.

The Alberta government's recent spring budget forecasts WTI will average $58 US a barrel in the coming year, and Shaffer said this is bad news both for the economy as a whole and for the province's royalty revenues. "Roughly every dollar [per barrel] is about $350 million to the government … We're talking about a $7 billion decline in revenue expectations," he said, adding that about $2 billion is made up from the improved differential and the Canadian dollar, so the net hit would be about $5 billion. Some experts are predicting even lower numbers could be on the way. Ali Khedery, a former Exxon adviser and now CEO of strategy firm Dragoman Ventures, tweeted "$20 oil in 2020 is coming" after news broke of Saudi Arabia's plans to hike production. Shaffer said seeing such a wide difference in price forecasts after the province's budget dropped just weeks ago makes a strong case for the government to change how royalty revenues are budgeted and push for further economic diversification. "If this is prolonged, you'll see continued job layoffs and effects on families. One of the really important things I'll stress is having an economy that isn't dependent on the outcome of a price war between the Saudis and the Russians … I hope it's yet another wake-up call in terms of the efforts to diversify our economy," he said.

 

Article via CBC.

Prize: One free Full Registration for the 20th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing
 
Deadline: March 31, 2020
 
The winner will be announced by the end of April, 2020, and awarded during the WCNDT 2020 with a certificate of commendation.
 
To enter the competition, please fill in all forms and send it with your entry photograph to the secretariat of ICNDT WG4 (icndt@jsndi.or.jp). You can download the forms here.
 
The inspection technologies business of Baker Hughes Digital Solutions introduced a new name, logo and website on January 28, 2020. The former GE Inspection Technologies (GEIT) is now called Waygate Technologies, a Baker Hughes business.  
As the world leader in non-destructive testing (NDT), Waygate Technologies offers the broadest portfolio of industrial inspection solutions – including radiography and computed tomography (CT), remote visual inspection, ultrasound and eddy current technologies – that ensure quality, safety and productivity for the customer.
 
Founded in 2004, GEIT joined Baker Hughes in 2017 when GE merged its Oil & Gas business with Baker Hughes Inc. GEIT’S rebrand to Waygate Technologies comes as part of Baker Hughes’ planned separation from GE, following GE’s divestment of its majority ownership in the company in 2019. With a new brand, Waygate Technologies will continue to be a leader in industrial inspection and remain a part of Baker Hughes in the Digital Solutions segment.
 
Waygate Technologies brings in together more than 125 years of experience and the rich expertise and heritage of its strong legacy names such as Krautkrämer, phoenix|x-ray, Seifert, Everest and Agfa NDT technologies, as well as the unrivalled precision and quality of German engineering.
 
The new brand name signifies two things. The term “Way” refers to a new direction for manufacturing and quality control. The term “Gate” describes the role Waygate Technologies plays in meeting the quality standards as an inspection checkpoint.
 
The new logo shows advanced 3D inspection in an abstract way. It implies both the scanning of a 3D cube as well as the three key technologies used for NDT inspection – radiography, computed tomography and ultrasound.
 
Boeing’s latest airliner, the 777X, which is the largest twin-engined jet ever developed, made its maiden flight this weekend, signalling that aircraft is entering the next phase of its test program.
Test aircraft WH001 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:09am local time on January 25 for a three hour, 51 minute flight over Washington state before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field. The flight was postponed twice on January 23 and January 24 because of high winds.
 
WH001 is the first of four 777-9 flight test airplanes and will now undergo checks before resuming testing in the coming days. Ground testing of all the test aircraft began in Everett last year and will continue alongside flight testing over the coming months, said Boeing.
 
The 777X is Boeing’s first commercial jet to feature folding wingtips, which extend its wingspan from 212 ft (64.8 m) to 235 ft (71.8 m) while taking-off and in the air. The smaller wingspan of the 777X while on the ground enables the aircraft to fit in at airport gates and hangars that Boeing’s successful 777 widebody airliner currently uses, while enabling it to be larger than its predecessor.
Captain Van Chaney, 777/777X chief pilot for Boeing Test & Evaluation said, “The 777X flew beautifully, and today’s testing was very productive. Thank you to all the teams who made today possible. I can’t wait to go fly your airplane again.”
 
During the flight Chaney and Boeing chief pilot Craig Bomben worked through a test plan for the airplane’s systems and structures while a team in Seattle monitored the data in real time.
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said, “Today’s safe first flight of the 777X is a tribute to the years of hard work and dedication from our teammates, our suppliers and our community partners in Washington state and across the globe.”
 
According to Boeing, the 777X twin-engined widebody commercial passenger jet will deliver 10% lower fuel use and emissions and 10% lower operating costs than comparable aircraft on the market thanks to improved aerodynamics, a carbon-fiber composite wing and the use of the GE Aviation’s GE9X, the world’s largest commercial jet engine. The 777X will compete with Airbus’ A350-1000.
The 777X includes the 777-8 and the 777-9, seating 384 and 426 passengers with ranges of 8,730 nautical miles (16,170 km) and 7,285 nautical miles (13,500 km) respectively. Airlines have ordered 340 777Xs and Boeing plans to deliver the first in 2021.
 
The successful first flight is an important milestone for Boeing at a time when the company is suffering badly from the continuing fallout from the 787 Max crashes in 2018 and 2019, which have grounded the existing fleet of aircraft and stopped production. The 777X program has also been delayed because of problems with the GE9X engine.
 
Development of the 777X started in 2013 and static testing of the aircraft started in September 2018. Article via Aerospace Testing International.
OPEC members are considering holding an emergency meeting next month, as oil prices sink on concern the coronavirus outbreak will hit demand.
Algerian Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab said the producer group’s meeting scheduled for March is likely to be moved to February, the Algerie Presse Service reported. A decision may be taken “in the coming days,” he said. He currently holds the rotating post of OPEC President, giving him the authority to convene emergency meetings in consultation with the Secretary-General and other members.
 
One delegate from an OPEC member said privately it could happen as soon as next week, and another floated mid-February as a date. Still, several delegates said they were unaware of discussions to bring the March 5-6 meeting forward.
 
There’s good reason to be skeptical about the prospective change of dates. If the group convenes an emergency meeting without announcing new measures, the disappointment among traders could push prices even lower. It already unveiled deeper production cuts just over a month ago, and as these are put into effect, Saudi Arabia -- which has borne the greatest burden in reducing supply - has slashed output to the lowest since 2014.
 
Any meeting would probably include non-members such as Russia, as the latest production targets have been set in concert with those allies. One delegate said the availability of Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak would be a factor in deciding whether an early meeting could be called. Novak’s schedule has been an obstacle to meetings in the past, and he is due to participate in a Russian Investment Forum from Feb. 12 to 14 in the coastal resort of Sochi.
 
The March 5-6 meeting is for OPEC+, and they’re due to discuss the future of oil-production cuts that expire at the end of March.
 
The outbreak of the pneumonia-like coronavirus has left 7,800 people infected and 170 dead since the first case was reported on Dec. 30 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province. As airlines across the globe suspend flights to China, oil prices have slumped, adding to the pressure on OPEC to extend or deepen the group’s oil-production cuts.
 
Brent crude has dropped more than 10% this month even after the U.S. killed a key Iranian general and Libya’s oil production was cut to near zero following a blockade of the nation’s ports that virtually halted exports. Saudi Arabia has said it’s “closely monitoring” the effect of the virus on the oil market.
 
Article via World Oil
The Canadian government has the power to delay a decision on whether to approve a massive new oilsands project, a key cabinet minister said on Tuesday, a sign Ottawa could push back what will be a contentious decision.
 
Ottawa must decide by end-February if Teck Resources Ltd can build the $20.6 billion (US$15.7 billion) Frontier mine in northern Alberta, capable of eventually producing 260,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
 
If the minority Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says yes, it would call into question his promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. But saying no could infuriate Alberta, already angry over what local politicians claim is Ottawa’s bias against the energy industry.
 
“I’m not going to opine on what that decision is going to be,” said Wilkinson, who must formally decide whether to approve the project or refer the matter to cabinet.
 
Officials say the final say will rest with cabinet, noting ministers have the power to ask for more information about the project. This would mean extending the end-February deadline. “Obviously this government has made commitments with respect to addressing greenhouse gas emissions and we would have to ensure that they fit within that context,” said Wilkinson.
 
Alberta premier Jason Kenney said on Tuesday that Frontier had been through years of rigorous environmental scrutiny and added “It’s time this $20 billion project got approved.”
 
Trudeau has repeatedly said Canada will need to rely on crude oil for years to come as it moves to build a cleaner economy. The project has also split the country’s Indigenous people, whose living standards Trudeau vows to improve.
 
“The Trudeau government needs to show us how they will support the workers and communities currently dependent on oil as we meet the 2050 deadline for a fossil fuel-free economy, not approve a massive new oilsands mine to operate until 2067,” said Greenpeace Canada campaigner Keith Stewart.
Article via Finaicial Post

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