CALGARY, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - On Thursday, Canadian Pacific hosted leaders of
the Aboriginal Cogeneration Corporation (ACC) for the official signing of an
agreement that offers a new Canadian solution to CP's need for disposal of
scrap railway cross ties.
Through this new program, the scrap ties will be converted to useable
energy through a process called gasification. In turn, this creates a
combustible gas which is used to operate an electrical generator which feeds
electrical power into existing power transmission grids. Compared to
conventional burning methods, the plant is designed to gasify any biomass
waste products, and through the process, create useable energy, while, at the
same time, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
By spring 2008, the ACC will be operating its first gasification plant,
located in Ashcroft, British Columbia. This location is ideal to Canadian
Pacific's operations as it will further decrease the railway's carbon
footprint by reducing transportation time to dispose of scrap ties.
"Canadian Pacific has been in talks with the ACC since 2005 and is the
first Class I railway to commit to this effective, economical, and
environmentally safe solution," said Kim Sigurdson, President of the ACC.
"ACC is pleased that our relationship with Canadian Pacific has led to
this agreement, one which will see 250,000 scrap ties a year disposed of at
our facility, as well as bring employment opportunities and economical
benefits to aboriginal communities," said Bill Montour, Board Chairman of the
"This is a win-win agreement for Canadian Pacific," said Fred Green,
President & CEO for CP. "We wholeheartedly support our role in a project that
allows us to utilize this ecologically-responsible company. The ACC's mandate
aligns with CP's commitment to the First Nation communities we operate in, as
well as our environmental sustainability initiatives."
The ACC's small-footprint gasification plants range in size from 10-kW to
1-MW power production. They are packaged to meet the strictest environmental
requirements and permits. Future plants locations are being considered to
assist in further reducing our carbon footprint.
Editors Note: An official portrait of the signing of the agreement with
Canadian Pacific President and CEO Fred Green, Kim Sigurdson, President of the
ACC and Bill Montour, Board Chairman of the ACC is available.
Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across
Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, and
most fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering
innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe
operation of our trains through the more than 900 communities where we
operate. Our combined ingenuity makes Canadian Pacific a better place to work,
rail a better way to ship, and North America a better place to live. Come and
visit us at www.cpr.ca to see how we can put our ingenuity to work for you.
Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider
for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
For further information:
For further information: Canadian Pacific: Breanne Feigel, (403)
319-3932, firstname.lastname@example.org; Aboriginal Cogeneration Corporation, Kim
Sigurdson, (204) 283-1484