STURGEON COUNTY, ALTA. – Cando Rail Services has started construction of a new rai terminal outside of Edmonton, Alta. Phase 1 of the Cando Sturgeon Terminal will utilize a loop-track system to enable storage of up to 1,900 railcars.
The new terminal will also offer railcar staging and storage services seven days a week, including unit-train storage capability, for short or long-term, loaded or empty railcars. Other services include air testing, railcar repair and cleaning, railcar switching, transloading, material handling, car stenciling, inventory management, inspections, placard replacement and graffiti touch-ups.
“The undertaking of our newest terminal in Sturgeon County is a defining moment for Cando Rail Services. This terminal will allow us to expand our nation-wide logistics planning network, thereby enabling greater movement of Canada’s resources in a key industrial hub of the country,” Cando Rail Services president and CEO Brian Cornick said.
“We are delighted to welcome Cando Rail Services into our community and pleased that they have recognized the strategic benefits of investing in Sturgeon County and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Access to cost-advantaged feedstock, world-class transportation and logistics infrastructure and readily available labour are allowing the Heartland to capitalize on the current petrochemical investment cycle,” Sturgeon Country mayor Alanna Hnatiw said.
The terminal is located directly west of the CN “Beamer Spur” and is serviced by the CN mainline. It is also located south of the currently under construction $4.5 billion Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC) integrated propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene upgrading project and southwest of the Pembina Pipeline’s Redwater Fractionation Site.
“Alberta Environment and Parks is pleased to have been able to create increased certainty for Cando Rail Services as the company has moved through the approvals process in anticipation of the construction of the Sturgeon Terminal. This project will drive job creation and get more of our best-in-class oil and gas products to market while further cementing the Industrial Heartland’s status as the country’s most significant hydrocarbon-producing region – exemplifying our government’s commitment to balancing protection of our shared environment while boosting economic activity,” provincial minister of environment and parks Jason Nixon said.
Early works and mobilization of the project have begun with completion expected in 2020.