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the "RED Zone" 

All the Maintenance News you NEED to Know!

RED Zone - Feb 2, 2024

TONY PALMA - Snr. Projects Manager for Ontario Power has retired from this organization.




RED Zone - Jan 30, 2024

JODY BERTHOLET is now the Operations Maintenance Coordinator at Canadian Kraft Paper Industries (CKPI) in The PAS Manitoba. He was formerly the Steam & Recovery Superintendent




RED Zone - Jan 30, 2024


ENERKEM to retire its Edmonton Biofuels (EAB) Facility 11 years ahead of schedule


After reaching its objectives, the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels plant will begin to wind down operations as of today.




RED Zone - Jan 25, 2024


PAPER EXCELLENCE CANADA announced the closure of the paper production facility at its Catalyst Mill in Crofton, B.C., on Thursday, Jan. 25/2024 saying operating costs were too high due to inflationary pressures on raw materials, energy costs and a lack of domestic fibre supply.


Approximately 75 employees will be let go as a result of the move.


The mill's pulp operations will continue production, with the pulp arm's 400 employees unaffected by the paper curtailment. The company said the Crofton mill operators will now focus on making the remaining pulp facility "cost competitive" and aligned with the company's business strategy.


The closure of the paper production facility comes just two weeks after the mayor of North Cowichan asked B.C. Forests Minister Bruce Ralston for help supporting the mill as the ongoing production pauses at the municipality's largest employer and largest taxpayer left a significant hole in the local economy.



RED Zone - Jan 24 2024


VARME ENERGY is planning on opening a new waste to energy facility by 2027


The exact location is not yet public but the company's website lists a future project in Alberta's Industrial Heartland near Fort Saskatchewan.


The facility still requires several government approvals.


Construction of the $300-million facility is expected to create about 250 full-time construction jobs and 25 permanent ones.


The Edmonton-area facility will be the first of its kind in Alberta but Varme would like to build four or five more plants in the area in the future.



RED Zone - Jan 21, 2024


The much-anticipated TRANSMOUNTAIN PIPELINE will begin filling with crude in February, marking a key step toward start-up. 


The start-up of the expansion, which is 98 per cent complete and will triple the pipeline’s capacity.


The first tanker to carry Trans Mountain oil is set to load in Vancouver in April.



RED Zone - Jan 10, 2024


North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas has reached out to B.C. Forests Minister Bruce Ralston to help support the Crofton pulp and paper mill as ongoing curtailments impact the municipality.


The CROFTON PULP MILL, which is operated by Paper Excellence, has gone through several curtailments in recent years, including one that has been extended until February on the mill's paper operations side, which is affecting more than 70 jobs.


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