Government of Canada and Viterra Inc. deliver low-emission locomotive

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - A new low-emission locomotive that will
improve air quality in Vancouver and the Lower Fraser Valley was unveiled
today by Mr. Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and
Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, and Viterra
Inc. at the company's Pacific grain terminal. The locomotive will
significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants,
and speed up terminal traffic.
    "Our government is delivering new, efficient technology to promote job
creation and boost our economy," said Mr. Saxton. "Today's launch is further
proof that we are investing in projects that encourage trade and commerce in
British Columbia."
    "We are very pleased to be recipients of Transport Canada's progressive
program to reduce air pollution and fuel consumption," said Mr. Fran Malecha,
Viterra's chief operating officer. "Viterra is committed to environmental
initiatives that have a positive impact on the communities where we work and
live, and society at large. Our new low-emission locomotive is a way for us to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating logistical efficiencies at the
    "Preserving the environment is a core value for Port Metro Vancouver,"
said Captain Gordon Houston, president and chief executive officer of the
port. "We applaud Viterra's environmental leadership and commitment to
implementing innovative solutions to reduce harmful air emissions while
increasing terminal efficiencies."
    Viterra Inc. purchased the locomotive with the assistance of Transport
Canada's Freight Technology Incentives Program. The new locomotive has two
high-speed diesel engines and generators. It is powerful enough to pull 28
loaded grain cars at a time using only one engine, decreasing the number of
trips required to completely unload a shipment. This allows for fewer trips
across a grade crossing at the terminal, resulting in less disruption of



    The Freight Technology Incentives Program is part of Transport Canada's
ecoFREIGHT Program, which aims to reduce the environmental and health effects
of freight transportation through the use of technology and best practices.
    The Freight Technology Incentives Program is designed to encourage the use
of innovative environmental technologies in the freight transportation sector
by reducing cost barriers of new technologies.
    Organizations involved in freight transportation are eligible to apply for
cost-shared funding to support the purchase and installation of proven
emissions-reducing technologies throughout the freight transportation system.
Applicants may be involved in any of the four modes of transportation: air,
marine, rail and road. Examples include air carriers, railways, trucking
companies, marine carriers, and eligible port and airport facilities.
    Under the program, projects may be funded to cover a maximum of 50 per
cent of eligible costs, not exceeding $500,000 over a two-year period.
    Viterra Inc., Canada's leading agri-business, will receive a contribution
of up to $490,750 under the program to assist with the purchase of an ultra
low-emitting genset locomotive, which is designed to reduce air pollution and
fuel consumption. The locomotive is to be used at the company's Pacific grain
terminal in Vancouver.
    The Freight Technology Incentives Program and the ecoFREIGHT Program fall
under the ecoTRANSPORT Strategy. This strategy is part of the Government of
Canada's ambitious agenda to protect the environment and the health of
Canadians, and to further Canada's economic prosperity.
    For further information on the Freight Technology Incentives Program,
please visit

                                                                January 2009

For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Peter Flengeris, Investor Relations and
Corporate Affairs, Viterra Inc., (306) 569-4810,; Transport
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