Cando Rail Services has started construction of the Cando Sturgeon Terminal in Sturgeon County, Alberta. Phase 1 of the terminal will provide additional rail capacity to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and utilize a loop-track system to enable storage of up to 1900 railcars. Early works and site mobilization have begun with completion expected in 2020.

The new terminal will offer services seven days per week for railcar staging and storage, including unit-train storage capability, for short or long-term, loaded or empty rail cars. Additional value-added services include railcar switching, air testing, rail car repair and cleaning, transloading, material handling, inventory management, car stenciling, placard replacement, AEI tags, DG inspections and graffiti touch-ups.

This investment marks a major milestone for Cando Rail Services, Sturgeon County and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The majority of the value-added products produced in the Heartland, Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region, are shipped to national and global consumers by rail. Cando’s investment will increase market access and allow industrial facilities in the Heartland to concentrate on their core business, while partnering with Cando to access increased transportation and logistics solutions. World-class rail infrastructure will further enhance the competitiveness of Sturgeon County and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland for petrochemical, downstream energy and heavy industrial investment.

The Cando Sturgeon Terminal is centrally located in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland directly West of the CN “Beamer Spur” and serviced by the CN mainline. The terminal is South of the $4.5 billion Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC) integrated propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene upgrading project (currently under construction), and southwest of Pembina Pipeline’s Redwater Fractionation Site (RFS).

Brian Cornick, President & CEO, Cando Rail Services, described Cando’s development as “the undertaking of our newest terminal in Sturgeon County is a defining moment for Cando Rail Services. This terminal will allow us to expand our nation-wide logistics planning network, thereby enabling greater movement of Canada’s resources in a key industrial hub of the country”, while Mark Plamondon, Executive Director, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) commented that “the investment by Cando Rail Services in a new rail terminal is further demonstration of the tremendous value proposition available to companies in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The increased railcar staging, storage and value-added services by Cando Rail will complement the world-class logistics infrastructure that already exists in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, further increasing the region’s competitive advantage for value-add energy processing.”

Cando Rail Services is an employee-owned company that has been providing specialized rail support services for over 40 years. Cando optimizes the bulk material supply chain for industry and the Class 1 railways across North America, operating at more than 35 sites across Canada and the U.S. Cando serves many industries including automotive/manufacturing, fertilizer/ potash, petroleum, grain and grain products, forest products and intermodal.