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March Tour and Meeting

posted February 16, 2018

Location: Dupre Boilers
9305 56 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM

Parking: Access via 91 Street and 58 Avenue. West 1 block to 92 Street and then south 1 block to 56 Ave.

PPE: Steel toe boots, safety glasses, ear plugs.

Hello everyone, for our next branch meeting and tour we are looking forward to visiting Dupre Boilers in March. Yes, I know sometimes I have been known to make a spelling mistake here and there but due to some conflicting schedules our next group meeting will be in March.

For our next tour we have been invited to visit Dupre Boilers and this one is all about boilers. For more than 50 years Dupre Boilers has been #1 in western Canada for sales of new boilers, refurbished boilers, boiler rentals from 20 to 300 HP, parts, service and recertification of boilers. They even have a 24-hour on-call service to support customers in the field. Dupre Boilers is ABSA certified, COR certified, and now ISO 9001: 2015 registered, serving all western Canada.

We will start at the usual time at 6:30pm. Members and students are welcome to attend. We will start off with a short meeting with Ed Hnytka. Coffee and donuts will be provided. RSVP please if you are able to attend as the space is limited to 16 Visitors.

January Plant Tour

posted January 10, 2018

Location: Air Products Hydrogen Plant in the Scotford industrial area
55539 Range Road 220

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM

Parking: Follow Hwy 21 north from Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan. Continue on Hwy 15 east through Fort Saskatchewan to the Scotford industrial area. Access the plant via Range Road 220 and north into location.

PPE: This is a safety sensitive tour and attendees should wear appropriate clothing. Hard hat and gloves, safety glasses, full safety shoes and long sleeves and jeans are minimum. Fire resistant coveralls are encouraged to be worn if you have them. Hoodies and loose jeans are good protective layers if you don’t have coveralls.

Hello everyone, it’s 2018 and we have some exciting plans to share with you to start off the year. We are happy to let you know this month we will be touring the hydrogen plant in Fort Saskatchewan.

We have been invited to visit the world-class hydrogen plant at Air Products at Scotford. The Air Products facility produces over 150 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen. The plant is connected to a hydrogen pipeline network and supplies many customers in the Industrial Heartland region. Refiners, upgraders, and chemical plants are examples of local facilities that use hydrogen in their primary process.

Please let me know if you can meet us in Fort Saskatchewan next Tuesday at 6:30pm. Members and students are welcome to attend. We will start off with a short meeting with Ed Hnytka. Coffee and donuts will be provided. RSVP please if you are able to attend as the trip is limited to 16 Visitors.

Inspirational Presentation by John McLay, PE

posted January, 2018

Location: Lutheran Church Gym
11223-51 Avenue, Edmonton AB

Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 am

John McLay, PE (First), is giving an inspirational presentation regarding his 9-year cancer journey to the Myeloma Alberta Support Society on Saturday, Jan 6, 2018, located at 11223-51 Avenue (Lutheran Church Gym), which is just west of Southgate Mall. Start time is 10 AM.

Mr. John McLay, PE is a senior member with the Alberta Institute of Power Engineers and highly regarded across Canada for his contributions and professional approach to the field of shutdowns and turnaround maintenance for large industrial facilities.

“I invite all of my fellow power engineer and plant operators, family and friends to attend this 30 minute or so presentation. We may laugh, we may cry but we will have fun. Beating cancer is as much attitude as it is anything else.

My story is now 9 years long, having had four different tumors and so far, I am overweight, my bald spot is filling back in and I have my hearing and voice back. My journey has been as much naturopathic as it has been medical mainstream of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. I will talk about it all – some of my mistakes and about my successes.”

“This presentation is not for you to follow my journey; this presentation is to inspire yours”

December Dinner and Meeting

posted Dec 9, 2017

Location: Radisson Hotel Edmonton South
4440 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

Date: Saturday December 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM cocktails; 6:30 PM dinner

Parking: Please register your vehicle with the front desk. Topside parking for full size vehicles, underground small vehicles only.

The Alberta Institute of Power Engineers is pleased to announce our December dinner meeting at the Radisson Edmonton South. This evening we will meet on December the 16th, yes, a Saturday night at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South 4440 Gateway Blvd, conveniently located only a few metres from Whitemud Freeway and Gateway Boulevard.

Please plan to join us for an evening of delightful company, food and drinks. On the amazing buffet menu is prime rib, turkey and seafood, including all the trimmings. Cost per person $36.95, Seniors $31.95 with a gratuity of 17%. RSVP please if you are planning to attend. Food Bank donations are also welcome.

November General Branch Meeting

posted Dec 10, 2017

Location: NAIT Main Campus, Building C, Room C-111
10828 118 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM

Parking: $5 NAIT Student Parking Lot C, 10828 118 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

This month we have a special guest speaker Mr. Gordon Canning visiting with us to talk about Shut Downs, Maintenance and New Construction in the Alberta Oil Sands.

Mr. Gordon Canning is an accomplished welding inspector with many years of experiencing overseeing new construction projects and equipment maintenance for major oil and gas producers in Alberta.

Please plan to attend this meeting and hear Mr. Canning speak at NAIT on Tuesday the 21st of November at 6:30pm. As always, members, students and non-members are invited to attend. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

October Plant Tour

posted Oct 13, 2017

Location: U of A Heating Plant, limit 20 participants
116 Streets & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB (South of the Jubilee Auditorium)

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM

Parking: Parking on the west side of the heating plant and pay parking in K Zone along the roadway on the north side of the plant. As there is no “free parking” at the University of Alberta, parking without paying is done at your own risk! The Heating Plant is easily accessible via the Capital line LRT stopping at the Health Sciences Jubilee Station.


  • Safety glasses
  • Hard hats if you have them
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirts
  • Close toed shoes (no sandals or high heels)

For many years the University of Alberta provided a home for the Institute of Power Engineers, and is well known by past and present members.

For the October tour, we will be visiting the University of Alberta heating plant. The plant consists of (2) - 2800 kPa gas fired and (3) - 6200 kPa gas and oil-fired power boilers, (1) - 13.3 Mw backpressure steam turbo-generator, (1) - 26.4 MW condensing steam turbo-generator with Air Cooled Condenser, (3) - 1.5 Mw diesel generators, (5) - air compressors and (3) - desiccant air-dryers, demineralizer trains and polisher plant. Closed looped chilled water systems and related plant auxiliaries. UCMS network of Emmerson Delta -V process control and UPS systems, etc.

The U of A Plant is well known for its one of a kind underground service corridor that extends an excess of 12 km serving the North Campus, Cross Cancer Institute, Walter C Makenzie Health Center, and the Royal Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Anyone with interest is welcome to attend, including students and nonmembers. Bring a friend for an educational and entertaining evening. Please let us know with a short email if you are free to attend as the tour is limited to 20 Visitors.

We look forward to seeing everyone for our second tour of the year!

September Plant Tour

posted Sept 11, 2017

Location: Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital
9401 86 Ave, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Parking: Please use the main parking lot (map below)

Hello everyone, we are back from summer vacation and ready for another school year. For the September tour, we will be visiting the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital and mechanical area. This building was completed in 2012 and replaced the former Fort Saskatchewan Health Centre. This modern facility includes a cafeteria as well as a child health clinic and respiratory rehabilitation.

Anyone with interest is welcome to attend, including students and nonmembers. RSVP please if you are planning to attend as the space is limited to 16 Visitors. Also for security and you are getting used to this by now, we will be sending a list of visitors’ names to the hospital supervisor.

We look forward to seeing you all again in just less than two weeks’ time!

New Updates to Pressure Vessel Regulations in Alberta

posted July 2017

This is to advise that the following Information Bulletin and The Pressure News are issued:

  1. IB17-010 Alert - Notice of Deregistration

    Information Bulletin No. IB17-010 June 28, 2017 ALERT Notice of Deregistration The design of ¾” hose assemblies under CRN 0D15253.2 has been deregistered
  2. The Pressure News, June 2017

    The Pressure News Page 3 Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2017 WAKE UP AND LEARN MICRO-SEMINARS ABSA is excited to announce that our first micro-seminar, “Wake Up and Learn ...

ABSA Information Bulletins

posted June 2017

We recently received a memo from the Alberta Boilers Safety Association which lists several updates to the pressure vessel regulations for Alberta.

It can be helpful for power engineers to read and understand the clear language presented when regulations are updated or clarified. These updates and clarification can be good learning for both engineers working in the field and also students studying at home so please take a moment to view these documents from ABSA.

Information Bulletins

The new information bulletins have mostly been updated to align with current referenced documents. There are no changes that impact on program delivery.

IB03-008 Rev.2 included some interpretations that are no longer needed because the Power Engineers Regulation has been amended to provide the clarification.

  1. IB17-005 (Replaces IB11-007)

    Interpretation -PESR Subsection 6(a)(ii), ASME CSD-1 Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers
  2. IB17-006 (Replaces IB05-007)

    Interpretation - PER Subsections 4(3)(b) and 4(4), Heating Plant Supervision
  3. B17-007 (Replaces IB11-001)

    Interpretation - PER Subsections 16.1(1)(b)(i),(ii); and 17.1(1)(b)(i),(ii) - Qualifying Experience for Power Engineers
  4. IB17-008 (Replaces Interpretation 6 in IB03-008 Rev.2)

    Interpretation - PER Subsection 2(2)(a), Exemption for Power Plants with aggregate capacity not exceeding 0.085 m3
  5. IB17-009 (Replaces Interpretation 2 in IB03-008 Rev.2)

    Interpretation - PER Subsections 16.1(1)(b)(i), 17.1(1)(b)(i) and 18.1(1)(b)(i), Qualifying Experience for Certificate of Competency Candidates