Week of May 04 – May 08, 2015
- The Aecon Group has been awarded a $109M contract for additional work on the North West Redwater Partnership refinery in Sturgeon County. The work is expected to start in the second quarter of 2015, with completion by the third quarter of 2016.
- The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has cut its drilling forecast for 2015 by almost 50%. Alberta is projected to have 2,976 wells drilled.
- WorleyParsons, an international oil services company with a presence in Alberta, is cutting 2,000 positions worldwide and reducing work due to falling commodity prices. The company expects significant cutbacks in its North American operations.
- Ensign Energy Services, a Calgary-based drilling company, has recently reported reduced earnings for the first quarter of 2015 and a 42% decline in working days compared to the same period in 2014
- AECOM, a global multi-sector construction company, is closing the Flint-URS location in Redcliff effective July 10, 2015 due to a slowdown in local oil field construction. The company estimated that 30 employees will be affected by the closure.
- The Town of Fairview has approved a $2M capital budget for 2015 that will fund local construction and infrastructure improvement projects
- Construction has started on the $50M Markaz Ul-Islam centre in Fort McMurray. The project includes a mosque, Islamic school, daycare, recreation centre and a multipurpose hall.
- The City of Fort Saskatchewan has approved $800,000 in funding for upgrades to the heating and cooling systems at the Dow Centennial Centre. The work is scheduled for completion during the summer of 2015.
- Kitchen by Harvest to Home, a new restaurant and bistro in Lloydminster, opened on May 6, 2015. The 35-seat venue plans to offer an upscale dining experience using locally sourced foods.
- Baytex Energy has announced that it is decommissioning its Gemini thermal oil sands pilot project near Cold Lake and will delay any decisions on further development in the region pending a recovery in oil prices
- The Town of Beaverlodge has sold the Beaverlodge Airport to the North Peace Bracket Racing Association with the condition that it be kept as an airport/aerodrome for the next 10 years
- Savanna Energy Services has reported a decline in revenue due to low oil prices. The company is retiring or disposing of assets to reduce the capital, repairs, maintenance and people required to manage equipment with little marketability.
- Alberta Health Services has recently awarded Emergency Medical Services in the St. Paul area to Prairie EMS, a regional supplier of ambulance and paramedic services. Current St. Paul ambulance employees are meeting with Prairie EMS to discuss staffing.
- Alberta Health Services has announced that construction has started on a heliport at the Grande Cache Community Health Complex. The project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015.
- First Presbyterian Church in downtown Edmonton has started a five-year restoration project following designation as a historic structure
- Access Calgary Handibus drivers and support staff recently voted to join Calgary Transit. The handibus service was taken over by Calgary Transit in 2014, but the fate of existing staff was uncertain until the recent vote.