Message from the Executive Director

As we begin to prepare for summer and what will undoubtedly by a very busy fall this year, thereare a few files that continue to be very busy for us:

  • The North Saskatchewan Regional Planning process will begin in earnest shortly. The individuals that make of the Regional Advisory Council should be announced shortly and they will begin work in June on this file. While we have already completed a lot of the groundwork for this plan in the Capital Region, there will be additional work to align our sub-regional plan with that of the overall plan as we move forward.
  • The fine particulate matter response for the Capital Region is currently being reworked in preparation for reporting to the Federal Government on this file. There is a lot of work to be done yet on this response before fall and a multi-stakeholder team has been working that file for some time now.
  • The Regional Noise Management Plan, and in particular the Regional Noise Model are undergoing an update this summer and so there is a lot of activity on this file. Once that update is complete, NCIA will be rolling out a publicly available Google Earth platform for anyone to use based on the Regional Noise Model for the region. Look for that in the late summer early fall.

It will be a busy summer for us at NCIA. We hope you enjoy some of the warmer weather with your families and friends.



NCIA Committed to Environmental Stewardship

The Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) is committed to sustainable growth and environmental stewardship in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, and industry operating in the City of Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona, Sturgeon and Lamont Counties, will join others around the globe celebrating World Environment Day.

“This is a time of year when many communities reflect on their contributions to the environment and examine opportunities to improve,” says NCIA Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Danielson. “As industry leaders, our NCIA members have made great strides with regard to environmental performance and we are confident this momentum will continue well into the future.” Be it equipment upgrades, process modifications or innovative discoveries, all of our member companies have been focusing on ways to minimize their environmental footprint in some way or another.

“We are proud to see our members at the forefront of breakthroughs that can be applied across industry,” says Dr. Danielson.  “Shell Canada in particular is drawing attention to the Heartland with its patented carbon capture and storage technology.”  The $1.4 billion Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project  will be a game changer for industry around the world.  Once operational in 2017, Shell will be able to safely and permanently sequester one million tonnes of CO2 per year deep underground.

The North West Redwater Partnership Sturgeon Refinery which is currently under construction is using leading environmental practices, such as gasification of the heaviest components of the bitumen feedstock to minimize its waste and allow capture and sequestration of 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 per year, while also enabling Enhanced Oil Recovery from depleted Alberta conventional oilfields.

Once Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project and North West Redwater’s Sturgeon Refinery is operational, it is anticipated that these two projects will be equivalent to removing 350,000 – 450,000 cars from the road annually.

Like Shell, ATCO Power is also hoping to add to the world-class infrastructure in the region.  It is anticipated that later this year, or by early next year, construction will commence on ATCO’s Heartland Generating Station. “The proposed ATCO project will incorporate the latest natural gas-fired power generation technology,” explains Dr. Danielson.  “It’s not only cleaner and more efficient than conventional fossil fuelled systems, it will produce enough electricity to power 400,000 homes in Alberta.”

NCIA members are continuing to demonstrate that they are serious about climate change and sustainable energy consumption.  And while Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is miles from the ocean, this year’s World Environment Day theme – small island developing states – was somewhat fitting. The 2014 theme recognizes that there are smaller sections of the world that are home to vibrant and distinct communities with unique geography and resources as well as environmental challenges that must be managed. “As industry neighbours, many of us not only work here, but also live here,” says Dr. Danielson.  “Our job is to be good neighbours by ensuring responsible practices continue.  NCIA is committed to leaving a legacy we can all be proud of.”

World’s Largest Aircraft Brings 154 Metric Tonne Waste Heat Boiler to Agrium’s Redwater Fertilizer Operations

On June 27, Edmonton saw the largest airplane in the world, the Antonov An-225, land at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA). Originally designed to carry the Soviet Union’s space shuttle, this is the only example of this Ukrainian aircraft ever built. The An-225 is two-and-a-half times as long as a 737 and can lift more than the equivalent of three fully-loaded 737s or 45 African elephants or seven humpback whales in its cargo hold.

The Antonov An-225 was carrying Agrium’s Redwater Fertilizer Operations’ new Waste Heat Boiler, a vital piece of equipment used in the production of nitrogen fertilizer. This is a significant site construction/replacement project at Agrium’s Redwater site, with a critical implementation timeline.

Schenker of Canada’s Projects Division arranged for all segments of the delivery originating from  Berlin, Germany including barge, truck, and final arrival in Edmonton International Airport via this Antonov An-225.

Province’s New Environmental Monitoring Agency Open for Business

The province’s new agency responsible for environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting introduced itself to Albertans on May 22, with the launch of a new name and new identity that will soon become the recognized comprehensive source of data and information on the state of the environment in Alberta.

The Government of Alberta established the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency – – under the Protecting Alberta’s Environment Act in late 2013. The Act was officially proclaimed on April 28 and appointed a Board of Directors to lead the organization.

“Today marks another step forward in Alberta’s commitment to being a steward of our environment even as we continue to be a global leader in responsible energy development,” said Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Robin Campbell. “The launch of ensures governments, business, and stakeholders will have reliable and scientifically-based data to help inform their decisions.”

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