Improved infrastructure means more rail cars can be unloaded at once
VANCOUVER, July 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Jeff Watson, Parliamentary Secretary to
the Minister of Transport, today celebrated, along with West Coast
Reduction Ltd. President and CEO Barry Glotman, the completion of work
to expand the rail unloading capacity of the West Coast Reduction
facility at Port Metro Vancouver.
The project will improve transportation of agricultural products,
particularly canola oil, being exported from Western Canada to
The rail upgrades will increase the number of railcars that can be
unloaded simultaneously, from 16 to 24. This will allow West Coast
Reduction Ltd. to increase its canola handling capacity by an estimated
50 per cent, which represents an estimated additional $270 million in
canola oil exported to Asia-Pacific markets. The project also involves
upgrading the piping infrastructure to handle additional capacity.
Phases 1 and 2 of the Rail Unloading Improvement Project involve
upgrades to the rail lines and to the piping system between the rail
lines and pump house. These are now complete. Phase 3, which involves
upgrades to the piping system between the pump house and the marine
vessel berths, will begin shortly. Construction is scheduled to be fully completed by March 2015.
The total cost of the Rail Unloading Improvement project is
approximately $11 million, with the Government of Canada contributing
up to $2.8 million under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor
Transportation Infrastructure Fund (APGCTIF), which is part of the
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) and focuses on
infrastructure projects. The balance of the project funding will be
provided by West Coast Reduction Ltd.
The APGCI aims to make Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway the best
transportation network facilitating global supply chains between North
America and Asia.
To date, our Government has invested approximately $1.4 billion in APGCI
infrastructure projects, in partnership with all four western
provinces, municipalities and the private sector, for a total project
value of approximately $3.5 billion.
The Rail Unloading Improvement project will result in improved
intermodal efficiency, economic development and enhanced trade.
"In partnership with West Coast Reduction Ltd., our Government's
investments in the Rail Unloading Improvement project will not only
improve the efficiency of the transportation network, but will
facilitate the movement of agricultural products exported from Western
Canadian producers to Asia-Pacific markets more rapidly through the
Asia-Pacific Gateway, while alleviating congestion at Port Metro
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport
"West Coast Reduction is celebrating its 50th year of service to the agriculture and agri-food industries in Western
Canada and acknowledges and appreciates the essential support that the
Government of Canada continues to provide. This partnership and
joint-investment allowed for the expansion of an essential gateway for
vegetable oils to be exported to Asia-Pacific markets from our Port
Metro Vancouver facility, supporting Canada's canola oil industry and
helping to secure high-quality jobs throughout the agricultural supply
chain, including jobs at our terminal here in Vancouver."
President and Chief Executive Officer
West Coast Reduction Ltd.
For information on the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative,
For information on West Coast Reduction Ltd., Visit: www.wcrl.com
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada, Ottawa
On behalf of West Coast Reduction Ltd.