Infrastructure Projects in Annapolis County

first_img Street Paving – Dr. Lewis Johnston and Alexander Campbell Street Shared total project cost – $216,000, including $72,000 federal and $72,000 provincial The street paving project for Dr. Lewis Johnston and Alexander Campbell streets will provide for the complete resurfacing of 1.25 kilometres of existing street base along the two South Farmington streets. Residents will see a significant reduction in the amount of dust along those two streets with the supply, placement and compaction of new shoulder gravels to complete the street cross-section. The project will also mean a reduction in annual maintenance costs for the community. Five Annapolis County infrastructure projects, worth almost$500,000, got the green light today thanks to funding by theCanada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program. A total of $309,330 in joint federal and provincial funding wasannounced today, Dec. 1, by Barry Barnet, Minister of ServiceNova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Robert Thibault, Ministerof Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister ofState for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. TheMunicipality of the County of Annapolis will fund the remaining$154,670 upon formal acceptance of the agreement. “The government of Canada is committed to investing in the futureof Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Thibault. “Through the Canada-NovaScotia Infrastructure Program, we are investing in projects likethese that contribute to creating a better quality of life forour communities.” These infrastructure projects are mostly water and wastewaterimprovements, which promote safer drinking water, effectivewastewater management, safer communities, and sound environmentalpractices that serve to benefit businesses, families and tourismin the province. “The infrastructure program enables the three levels ofgovernment to pool resources to address important community needssuch as the Annapolis County projects,” said Mr. Barnet. “Theseprojects will not only provide health and environment benefits,they will encourage growth in the area.” “Today’s announcement is very good news for Annapolis Countyresidents,” said Peter Terauds, warden of the Municipality of theCounty of Annapolis. “These are necessary projects, and theInfrastructure Program is enabling us to develop a higher qualityof municipal services to our community.” This is one of a series of approval announcements for projectsunder the program, which has invested over $160-million in 106projects to date. Additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The $195-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram is administered by the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the managementcommittee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is representedon the program’s management committee.Following is a list of approved projects: Cornwallis Park Residential Water Meter Program Shared total project cost – $47,000, including $15,666 federal and $15,666 provincial The Cornwallis Park Residential Water Metering Program project will equip 250 households with water meters. The use of meters is expected to reduce water consumption in the Cornwallis Park area. Not only is this good news in terms of water consumption, but it also means less chemical use and lower operating costs for the water utility. Comminutors are an important part of the sewage treatment plant and are used to grind and chop raw sewage solids in order to prevent the system from clogging. A more uniform waste increases the efficiency of the treatment process. Once the upgrades are completed, about 650 households will benefit from improved sewage treatment. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Infrastructure Projects inAnnapolis County The MIOX system is safer than the current system as it allows the utility to discontinue the use of gas chlorine and thus eliminates any concerns associated with using and storing chlorine. When the project is complete, the new system will provide the 250 community households with improved water quality. Cornwallis Park Water Chlorination System Replacement Shared total project cost – $35,000, including $11,666 federal and $11,666 provincial The Cornwallis Park Water Chlorination System Replacement project will provide for the replacement of the existing flow paced gas chlorine disinfection system with a MIOX (mixed oxidant) disinfection system at the Cornwallis Park water treatment facility. Nictaux and Cornwallis Park Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades Shared total project cost – $121,000, including $40,333 federal and $40,333 provincial The Nictaux and Cornwallis Park Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades project calls for the supply and installation of comminutors for Nictaux and Cornwallis Park sewage treatment plants. Sewer Extension Cape Road – Lequille Shared total project cost – $45,000, including $15,000 federal and $15,000 provincial The Sewer Extension Cape Road – Lequille project will provide for the design and construction of a sewer extension along Cape Road, where aging individual on-site sewage disposal systems are malfunctioning. With the extension in place, seven households will be connected to a municipal wastewater, collection and treatment system that will prevent raw sewage from being discharged in ditches.last_img read more

Mercator cuts power costs at Mineral Hill coppermoly mine

first_imgMercator Minerals’ wholly-owned Mineral Park mine in Arizona has commenced commercial operation of its newly constructed natural gas turbine generator.  The General Electric LM6000PF generator has comfortably passed performance testing and has been generating power at a rate of 40 MW, 3 MW above its stated capacity. The projected operating cost of the  turbine using today’s natural gas prices is approximately 33% less than our current power costs on a per kilowatt hour basis. Bruce McLeod, President and Chief Executive Officer, comments, “With the new generator now online, which was the largest constraint to achieving targeted production levels of 50,000 t/d run-rate, we can now focus our attention on finalising the Phase 2 expansion at Mineral Park.”Mercator embarked on a two-phase expansion of its Mineral Park operations to a 50,000 t/d copper and molybdenum milling operation which is expected to increase total Mineral Park average annual production over the first ten years of a 25-year mine life to 56 Mlb of copper, 10 Mlb of molybdenum and 0.6 Moz of silver. Mercators Mineral Park Mine expansion is one of the largest, furthest advanced copper-molybdenum expansion projects in North America.The first phase of the expansion to a 25,000 t/d millingoperation was completed and achieved commercial production in the secondquarter of 2009. Mercator is currently producing copper, molybdenum and silverin concentrates and copper by SX/EX leach extraction at its wholly-ownedMineral Park mine located near Kingman.last_img read more

Water management during closure done right at Eskay Creek

first_imgBarrick says its “water management is as crucial and important after a mine closes as it is during a mine’s active life cycle. We must return the environment to a stable condition in accordance with strict permit requirements, moving towards the ultimate goal of protecting the long-term viability of the land and water.”“We recognize that our responsibility to local stakeholders and the environment doesn’t end when mining activity does,” says Patrick Malone, Barrick’s Vice President of Environment. “Part of building partnerships of real depth means making good on our commitment to return the land and water to a stable state, and our Eskay Creek closure site is a great example of that.”Located in northern British Columbia, Canada, Eskay Creek operated from 1994 through 2008 and produced more than 3.3 Moz of gold. The operation benefited the Tahltan First Nation, providing employment and supplier contract opportunities. 34% of the mine’s employees were from First Nations communities.During the closure phase, the Tahltan Nation Development Corp and other Tahltan-owned businesses actively participated in areas such as road maintenance, labour, material movement and food services.Today, most of the earthwork, re-vegetation and re-contouring of slopes is complete.Because Eskay Creek is located next to two deep, non-fish-bearing lakes, the operators were able to store tailings and waste rock under water, cutting off the oxygen that would otherwise have caused them to generate acid. The two lakes, Tom Mackay Lake and Albino Lake, never contained fish because the streams and creeks that flow from them are rocky and the water flowing through them is too fast-moving for fish to swim upstream. The lakes are monitored for water quality on a quarterly basis in accordance with permit requirements.From mine closure in 2008 and for many years thereafter, Barrick staff sampled and analyzed water quality—weekly in the case of Tom Mackay Lake and Albino Lake, and daily in the case of the attenuation ponds into which water from the underground mine flows. After the quality of the water in the two lakes and in the attenuation ponds had stabilized, with all monitoring criteria well below permit requirements, Barrick sought and obtained a decrease in monitoring frequency at these locations. This in turn allowed Barrick to demobilize its staff from the site.Despite the advanced closure status of the site, Barrick will continue to be responsible for Eskay Creek for the foreseeable future, or until new owners are found. “Site relinquishment was once the goal of every closure program; however, in many jurisdictions that is simply no longer attainable,” says Dan Bornstein, Barrick’s Director for Mine Closure Strategy and British Columbia Properties. “Companies need to be more creative now than ever before in finding new owners and new uses for their brownfield properties that gain the support of local communities in order to achieve something akin to site relinquishment.”last_img read more