CN and Coalspur sign memorandum of understanding to develop high-quality supply chain for west coast thermal coal exports

EDMONTON and CALGARY, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Coalspur Mines Limited (Coalspur) (ASX: CPL) (TSX: CPT) announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which they will develop a high-quality logistics supply chain to transport export thermal coal from Coalspur's Vista Coal Project (Vista) near Hinton, Alta., to Western Canadian ports starting in 2015.

The MOU establishes the framework for an agreement that will accommodate Coalspur's plan to commence coal production in 2015 at a rate of approximately 2.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), rising to about 11.2 Mtpa by 2019.

CN will transport Vista production to west coast ports including Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI), located at the Port of Prince Rupert, B.C. Coalspur recently signed a throughput agreement with RTI to handle up to 8.5 Mtpa of export coal at the terminal.

CN and Coalspur will jointly design and build a rail siding at the Vista site capable of handling the loading of 175-car unit trains at a full capacity of gross weight on rail of 286,000 pounds per car.

The two parties expect to negotiate a definitive transportation agreement in 2012, following completion of Coalspur's ongoing Bankable Feasibility Study on Vista.

Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said: "CN will work closely with Coalspur to build an efficient and effective logistics process for its export coal. CN has developed a comprehensive, end-to-end supply chain strategy to manage coal flows from mines to west coast terminals. This approach, coupled with strong customer collaboration, will help Coalspur maximize sales opportunities in global markets."

Gene Wusaty, managing director and chief executive officer of Coalspur, said: "Rail is a critical link in connecting Vista's coal to international markets and an agreement with North America's most efficient rail carrier will help ensure a reliable and effective supply chain."

About Coalspur
Coalspur Mines Limited is a coal exploration and development company with more than 33,200 hectares of coal exploration leases located within the Hinton region of Alberta, Canada. Coalspur's flagship coal project is the Vista Coal Project, which has the potential to be the largest export thermal coal mine in Canada. Coalspur's goal is to serve growing coal demand in Asian Pacific Rim countries, including China, Japan and Korea.

Regulatory Disclosures
For further information regarding the Vista Coal Project and Vista South Project, including a description of Coalspur's quality assurance program, quality control measures, the geology, samples collected and testing procedures in respect of the projects, please refer to the technical report on the Vista Coal Project titled "Vista Coal Project Prefeasibility Study" dated January 25, 2011 and the technical report on the Vista South Project titled "Resource Estimate for the Vista South Coal Property" dated December 15, 2010, which are compliant with National Instrument 43-101 - "Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects" ("NI 43-101") and are available for review on SEDAR at sedar.com.

Competent Person / Qualified Person Statements
The information in this news release that relates the Bankable Feasibility Study on the Vista Coal Project is based on information compiled by Mr. Murray Lytle, who is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. Mr. Lytle is a full-time employee of Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Inc., who are consultants to Coalspur. Mr. Lytle has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity he is undertaking to qualify as a "Competent Person" as defined in the 2004 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' ("JORC Code"), and a "Qualified Person" under NI 43-101. Mr. Lytle has approved and consents to the inclusion of such information in this news release in the form and context in which it appears.

All other scientific and technical information in this news release is based on information compiled by Mr. Eugene Wusaty, who is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Mr. Wusaty is a full-time employee of Coalspur.  Mr. Wusaty has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a "Competent Person" as defined in the JORC Code, and a "Qualified Person" under NI 43-101. Mr. Wusaty has approved and consents to the inclusion of such information in this news release in the form and context in which it appears.

Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains 'forward-looking information' that is based on Coalspur's expectations, estimates and projections as of the date on which the statements were made.  This forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements with respect to the development of Vista, Coalspur's Pre-Feasibility Study and Bankable Feasibility Study, drilling programs, time lines and completion dates, permits and approvals, business strategy, plans, development, objectives, performance, outlook, growth, cash flow, projections, targets and expectations, mineral reserves and resources, studies, results of exploration and related expenses.  Generally, this forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as 'expect', 'potential', 'outlook', 'anticipate', 'project', 'target', 'likely', 'believe', 'estimate', 'intend', 'may', 'would', 'could', 'should', 'scheduled', 'will', 'plan', 'forecast', "evolve" or variations of such terms and similar expressions. Persons reading this news release are cautioned that such statements are only predictions, and that Coalspur's actual future results or performance may be materially different.

Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information.  Such factors include, without limitation, inherent uncertainties and risks associated with mineral exploration; uncertainties related to the availability of future financing necessary to undertake activities on the Company's properties; uncertainties related to general economic conditions; uncertainties related to global financial conditions; risks related to the integration of businesses and assets acquired by the Company; risks associated with the Company having no history of earnings or production revenue; uncertainties related to the possible recalculation of, or reduction in, the Company's mineral reserves and resources; uncertainties related to the outcome of studies to be undertaken by the Company; uncertainties relating to fluctuations in coal price; the risk that the Company's title to its properties could be challenged; risks related to the Company's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; uncertainties related to the requirement for ministerial approval for a change of control of the Company; risks relating to consultation with the public and aboriginal groups; uncertainties related to the competitiveness of the mineral resource industry; risks associated with the Company being subject to government regulation, including changes in regulation; risks associated with the Company being subject to environmental laws and regulations, including a change in regulation; risks associated with the Company's need for governmental licenses, permits and approvals; uninsured risks and hazards; risks associated with fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; risks related to default by joint venture parties, contractors and agents; inherent risks associated with litigation; risks associated with potential conflicts of interest; risks related to effecting service of process on directors resident in foreign countries; uncertainties related to the Company's limited operating history; risks related to the Company's lack of a dividend history; risks relating to short term investments; and uncertainties related to fluctuations in the Company's share price. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

In making the forward-looking statements the Company has applied several material assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, (1) that all required third party approvals will be obtained for the development, construction and production of its properties, (2) there being no significant disruptions affecting operations, whether due to labour disruptions, supply disruptions, power disruptions, damage to equipment or otherwise; (3) permitting, development and expansion proceeding on a basis consistent with the Company's current expectations; (4) currency exchange rates being approximately consistent with current levels; (5) certain price assumptions for coal; (6) production forecasts meeting expectations; (7) the accuracy of the Company's current mineral resource and reserve estimates; (8) labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with the Company's current expectations; (9) that any additional required financing will be available on reasonable terms; and (10) assumptions made and judgments used in engineering and geological interpretation.

There can be no assurance that forward looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements.

The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, estimates or options, future events or results or otherwise, unless required to do so by law.

About CN
CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.

Certain information included in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws. CN cautions that, by their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including with respect to the negotiation and execution of a definitive transportation agreement with Coalspur and the other assumptions and risks detailed above under the Coalspur Forward Looking Statements.  CN cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results of performance of CN or the rail industry to be materially different from the outlook or any future results or performance implied by such statements. Important factors that could affect the above forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and business conditions, industry competition, inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risks.

CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related maters, or any other forward-looking statement.

SOURCE CN

For further information:

For CN    
Media   Investment Community
Mark Hallman 
Director  
Communications & Public Affairs 
(905) 669-3384 
  Robert Noorigian 
Vice-President
Investor Relations 
(514) 399-0052 
For Coalspur
Gene Wusaty
Managing Director and CEO
(403) 975-7901


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