Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) will begin service to a new
fracking sand terminal north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, in
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