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Regional Wastewater Line On Budget and On Time

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North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System Construction Update from The City of Lacombe

The North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission (NRDRWWSC) is pleased to report that construction on the wastewater transmission system connecting Lacombe, Blackfalds and Lacombe County to the regional wastewater treatment facility in Red Deer is on budget and progressing well.

Six construction contracts are underway concurrently:

  1. Pipeline construction from the Odour Management Facility to the City of Red Deer’s Wastewater treatment Plant is expected to be completed ahead of schedule in November 2017. PVC installation was completed by mid-October, and the entrance chamber construction is on-going and nearly complete. (see Fig. 1: Installation of PVC gravity pipe. Trench box being utilized due to poor ground conditions.)
  2. Construction of the Odour Management Facility is on track for completion on schedule by mid-January 2018. Precast concrete walls are up and work on the building roof is ongoing. (see Fig. 2: Construction of the Odour Management Facility.)
  3. Construction on the pipeline from Blackfalds to the Odour Management Facility is on schedule. Crews are currently installing pipe North of Highway 597, including well point dewatering. Pressure testing completion is set for December 15, 2017. (see Fig. 3: Installation of a case bore on the North side of Blindman River.)
  4. Construction of the Blackfalds Lift Station is on schedule for completion in late January 2018. PVC site piping is being completed and the precast concrete walls are up and roof work is ongoing. (see Fig. 4: Construction of the Blackfalds Lift Station.)
  5. Pipeline construction from Lacombe to Blackfalds, is ahead of schedule. Crews are working on pipe installation towards Lacombe (Range Road 264) and along Highway 597. Pressure testing completion is set for December 15, 2017. (see Fig. 5: Pipe installation within a trenched area.)
  6. Construction of the Lacombe Lift Station is on schedule for completion in late February 2018. All cast-in-place concrete work has been completed and all underground pipe and backfilling to grade level has been completed. (see Fig. 6: Construction progress of the Lacombe Lift Station.)

Construction completion of the overall project is scheduled for March 31, 2018.

The project is expected to cost approximately $71 million.

Funding partners for the project include the Government of Canada, the Alberta Government and the NRDRWWSC municipal partners (City of Lacombe, Town of Blackfalds, and Lacombe County) as well as the City of Red Deer.

For more information, please visit http://www.nrdrwwsc.ca.

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CRA says it has $1.4 billion in uncashed cheques sitting in its coffers

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Ottawa –  The Canada Revenue Agency says it will be sending e-notifications about uncashed cheques to 25,000 Canadians this month.

The federal agency says it has approximately $1.4 billion worth of uncashed cheques in its coffers that have accumulated over the years, with some dating back to 1998.

Each year, the CRA issues millions of payments in the form of benefits and refunds, but some cheques remain uncashed for various reasons, including misplacing a cheque or changing addresses.

Another 25,000 Canadians will receive e-notifications in November, followed by 25,000 more in May 2023.

The CRA launched a campaign in February 2020 to get Canadians to cash their cheques and says it has so far returned more than $800 million back to taxpayers.

The CRA says Canadians can check if they have uncashed payments by logging in to or signing up for an online CRA account.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2022.

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Cenovus Energy to buy remaining stake in Toledo refinery from BP for $300 million

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CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. has reached a deal with British energy giant BP to buy the remaining 50 per cent stake in the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery for $300 million.

The Calgary-based oil producer has owned the other 50 per cent of the Ohio-based refinery since its combination with Husky Energy in 2021.

Cenovus says its U.S. operating business will take over operations when the transaction closes, expected before the end of the year.

The company says the Toledo refinery recently completed a major, once in five years turnaround to improve operational reliability.

It says the transaction will give Cenovus an additional 80,000 barrels per day of downstream throughput capacity, including 45,000 barrels per day of heavy oil refining capacity.

The deal brings Cenovus’ total refining capacity to 740,000 barrels per day.

Alex Pourbaix, Cenovus president and CEO, says fully owning the Toledo refinery provides an opportunity to further integrate the company’s heavy oil production and refining capabilities, including with the nearby Lima Refinery.

“This transaction solidifies our refining footprint in the U.S. Midwest and increases our ability to capture margin throughout the value chain,” he said in a statement.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2022.

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