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Alberta's public projects: Four big spends

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1. SOUTH CALGARY HOSPITAL

A 269 in-patient-bed hospital, officially called South Health Campus, in city’s rapidly growing southern suburbs.

STATUS: Opening in phases this year.

COST: $1.3-billion.

Alberta Health Services

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2. ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM

A 36,000-square-metre provincial museum in downtown Edmonton due to open in 2016.

STATUS: Under construction.

COST: $340-million.

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3. CALGARY AND EDMONTON RING ROADS

A two-decade-long project to build freeways that ring both cities.

STATUS: 90 per cent complete in Edmonton with 71 kilometres built; 70 per cent complete in Calgary with 70 kilometres built.

COST: $6-billion spent by Alberta so far; more has been spent by Ottawa, and more spending will come.

Jason Franson/The Globe and Mail

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4. CARBON CAPTURE

Three industrial projects – Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, Shell Quest and Swan Hills Sunfuels – that the province is heavily subsidizing in hopes of reducing Alberta's greenhouse gas emissions by 4.1 million tonnes annually beginning in 2015.

STATUS: Under development.

COST: $2-billion committed.

Nathan VanderKlippe/The Globe and Mail

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