Canadian National will start serving a new frac sand terminal north of Grande Prairie, AB, Canada, starting in November 2013.
The new 20-acre facility being built by Di-Corp of Edmonton will have an annual throughput capacity of 550,000 tons of frac sand and have three tracks capable of holding 44 rail cars for unloading.
Trevor Derksen, vice-president of marketing at Di-Corp, said, “We are very pleased to be working with CN on this project in northwestern Alberta to help accommodate existing and expected growth in frac sand demand in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. CN is an outstanding partner, providing cost-effective and reliable logistics services from frac sand origin in the Wisconsin Basin to destinations in Western Canada.”
Doug MacDonald, CN vice president, industrial products, said, “Di-Corp is an important customer of ours and we expect to help the company move more frac sand to energy markets. The new transloading terminal will create additional offloading and storage capacity at destination and also give our origin frac sand producers in the U.S. Midwest, Manitoba and elsewhere greater supply chain efficiencies and new market opportunities.”