CN ups Canadian propane supply for export

July 9, 2020 By    

Three vessels carrying Canadian propane destined for international markets departed in May from AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, located in British Columbia, beating the previous record by 50 percent, CN Railway reports.

The Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal exclusively uses CN’s transcontinental rail network to transport propane from Alberta and British Columbia for export to global markets. Since its launch in May 2019, the terminal has moved over 1 million tons of propane.

“CN’s investments in its Edmonton-to-Prince-Rupert corridor continue to help support and enable strong and reliable supply chains,” says Robert Reilly, executive vice president and COO at CN. “By investing in capacity, we are supporting our customers’ ability to grow and expand to new markets. Propane is an essential commodity required for commercial, residential and industrial use, and we are proud to be providing a critical, safe and reliable option for our customers.”

Adds James Cairns, senior vice president, rail centric supply chain at CN, “As world economies start to get moving again, we are committed to enabling their growth and success. CN has been at the forefront of innovation and identifying how we can create new supply chains and expand the country’s trade with international markets. The Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal is an excellent example of how we work directly with our customers to help them win in their markets and expand to new ones.”

International markets are constantly looking for new reliable sources of energy, explains Buck Rogers, vice president, petroleum and chemicals at CN.

“Canada’s ability to provide this energy, safely and efficiently, is key to our economic recovery and to our role as a global trading partner,” he says. “While the energy industry has been particularly affected by the recent economic downturn, CN remains committed to providing a safe and reliable solution to getting Canadian energy to international markets.”

CN transports goods for a wide range of business sectors across a rail network of about 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America.

Featured photo courtesy of AltaGas

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