Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac told his federal counterpart, Transport Canada Minister Lawrence Cannon, this week that he is ready to talk about how the province can take advantage of the infrastructure-related funding programs announced in the recent federal budget. Nova Scotia’s entitlement under the programs is expected to total several hundred million dollars over the next seven years. The programs include the Building Canada Program, the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, the Equal Per Jurisdiction Funding Program and the P3 Projects Fund. Canadian provinces and territories have lobbied the government of Canada for long-term, stable and predictable infrastructure funding for many years. “Up until the recent federal budget, these appeals had fallen on deaf ears,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “These new funding programs will go a long way toward enabling Nova Scotia to achieve its full potential as an international transportation gateway, and facilitating much needed improvements to the province’s highway infrastructure.” Mr. MacIsaac said, “The province is looking forward to learning more about program parameters and to being able to put in place the agreements and protocols necessary to allow cost-shared projects to proceed as quickly as possible.” Mr. MacIsaac thanked Mr. Cannon for intervening on behalf of provinces and territories in the course of the deliberations leading up to the federal budget.
It was 18 months ago that the Wildcat JAE42 continuous miner, J.A. Engineering’s first in-house designed miner that is specifically designed for high productivity coal mining operations in South Africa, was launched at Electra Mining.At the time, Danie van Wyk, J.A. Engineering’s Chief Executive Officer said, “The Wildcat JAE42 continuous miner is J.A. Engineering’s response on what the market has called for in addressing high productivity cutting solutions for the South African coal mining industry. The Wildcat continuous miner is 90% locally manufactured and procured, creating sustainable investment in South Africa, with the aim to create a safer more productive mining environment.”The remote-controlled miner delivers 600 kW of cutting power for room-and-pillar operations, where a high cutting force is required. It features a variable voltage frequency AC traction system, a fully integrated collision avoidance system, a traction brake to hold the miner at the face during cutting and wider tracks for lower ground-bearing pressure. J.A. Engineering also reports that the track pad design improves slewing and the miner features a higher power-traction gear case, cutter head gear case and motor designs, improved cutter drive torque protection, cutter head feedback control in the sump and shear modes, high inertia cutter drums for reduced stalling and cutter drum lacing that is custom designed to suit specific mining conditions.