Traffic Advisory Cape Breton

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is reduced to one lane until Friday, Jan. 29, to allow for repairs. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 -30-last_img

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Sasol coal takes to the air

first_imgSasol, the world’s leading producer of synthetic fuels from coal and natural gas, says it has become the first company worldwide to receive international approval for its 100% synthetic jet fuel produced by its proprietary Coal to Liquids (CTL) process. Sanctioned by global aviation fuel specification authorities Sasol CTL will be the first fully synthetic fuel to be approved for use in commercial airliners. This marks a significant development in the adoption of clean burning alternative fuels for the aviation industry; engine-out emissions of Sasol’s jet fuel are lower than those from jet fuel derived from crude oil due to its limited sulphur content. Approval of Sasol’s CTL fuel for commercial aviation is also a milestone in the effort to secure domestic energy supply for South Africa and other countries with significant domestic coal and natural gas reserves; Sasol’s transformative technology will allow these countries to monetize natural resources and increase energy security.Commenting on the announcement, Pat Davies, CE of Sasol said, “This is an historic breakthrough – winning approval for a transportation fuel that is 100% synthetic.  This approval by the international aviation fuel authorities recognises the absolute need to develop aviation fuel from feedstocks other than crude-oil in order to meet the world’s growing needs. Sasol is the global leader and pioneer in advanced synthetic fuel technology and this is a huge step forward toward integrating a viable alternative transportation fuel into the energy mix and showing the way forward for countries seeking security in a world that is thirsty for energy.”Sasol, for the past nine years, has supplied a fuel mixture comprised of a CTL component blended with crude oil derived kerosene to international airlines operating from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Based on the success of the alternative fuel blend and following a several-year period of rigorous testing and evaluation, international aviation fuel authorities including the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MoD), governing the Defence Standard DEFSTAN 91-91, approved Sasol’s wholly synthetic jet fuel as Jet A-1 fuel for commercial use in all types of turbine aircraft.ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, has also been working closely with the UK MoD and is expected to include Sasol CTL synthetic jet fuel in its ASTM D1655 specification following the publication of the UK’s DEFSTAN 91-91. Jet A-1 according to the DEF STAN 91-91 specification is very similar to Jet A-1 defined by the ASTM D1655 except for a small number of areas where DEF STAN 91-91 is more stringent.In keeping with the stringent regulation of the Joint Checklist, aviation industry stakeholders, including airframe, engine and ancillary equipment manufacturers; airlines and aviation authorities such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA); and relevant oil companies have all participated in the approval process.The fuel is fully fungible and aligned with the current aviation infrastructure through its compatibility with the existing engine requirements and can be used with conventional crude oil-derived jet fuelling systems. In addition to the benefiting the end-user, Sasol’s process also enhances value by adding synthetic jet fuel to the product range available to  the resource provider, who will now have another Sasol produced alternative to crude-oil derived fuels.The current approval covers jet fuel produced at Sasol’s Synfuels facility in Secunda, South Africa. The production in Secunda holds broader implications for the alternative fuel mix as it paves the way for future global production and the use of synthetic fuels for use in transportation. Sasol jet fuel products that will also be submitted for sanction include Oryx GTL plant in Qatar, the joint venture GTL plant in Nigeria and the potential CTL ventures in the USA, China and India.Research is also underway to find an effective process to produce synthetic fuel from biomass to further improve environmental sustainability.last_img read more

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City Councillors vote to ban rickshaws from streets of Galway

first_imgCrowe said his main concerns were that the bikes “go at high speed, late at night and it’s not suitable for the area… Galway has medieval streets and they are too narrow for the wide bikes”.Majewski told TheJournal.ie there were too many rickshaws in operation on a Friday and Saturday night in Galway city and put part of the blame for the ban on illegal taxi bike operators.“There are too many rickshaws on the streets. There are around 40 at the weekend and there are only 20 licences. There are too many people operating them illegally and this was a huge problem. The council should have tackled this instead of banning them.”The bike cabs will now have to use the roads around the city for business but Majewski said that they would lose business doing that and 17 rickshaw drivers could lose their jobs. “Around 80 per cent of our business and profit comes from Shop Street, so it could mean there will be no business for us.”Crowe denied that his decision was unfair: “My jobs as a councillor is to make decisions that are in the best interests of the city. Not everyone will be happy with those decisions but it’s not about happiness.”Read: Dublin bikes scheme to get €2.6m expansion > How can someone say they are too dangerous when there has been no accidents involving the rickshaws? Not one accident has occurred in the past seven years. More: Did your bike get robbed? This person wants to return one…center_img RICKSHAWS ARE TO be banned from all pedestrianised streets of Galway city from this summer on.Fianna Fáil Councillor, Michael Crowe, made the proposal to ban the taxi bikes at a Galway City Council meeting on Monday night and it was supported by all 14 councillors present.Although he was unsure if any accidents were caused by the rickshaws, Crowe told TheJournal.ie that they were “too dangerous” and said he had recieved a number of complaints from local business people about them.Leszek Majewski, who legally operates 17 rickshaws in Galway city under the company Promocabs, has questioned Crowe’s reason to ban the bikes:last_img read more

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