CHICAGO Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) will begin service to a new fracking sand terminal north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, in November.
The 20-acre facility, which is being built by Diversity Technologies Corp. (Di-Corp), Edmonton, Alberta, will have three tracks capable of holding 44 rail cars for unloading and will have an annual throughput capacity of 550,000 tons of fracking sand.
"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," Di-Corp vice president of marketing Trevor Derksen said.
"Di-Corp is an important customer of ours, and we expect to help the company move more frac sand to energy markets," Doug MacDonald, CN vice president for industrial products, said.
CN said last month it would accelerate its $33-million upgrade to a 74-mile rail line between Wisconsin Rapids and Blair, Wis., to increase car-loading capacity and train velocity for growing frac sand supply chains.