Di-Corp, a distributor of specialty chemicals, parts and accessories serving mining and drilling industries in Canada and the United States, is building a frac sand transloading terminal north of Grande Prairie, Alberta.
CN said it will serve the Edmonton-based company’s 20-acre terminal beginning in November 2013.
The facility is expected to have an annual throughput capacity of 550,000 tons of frac sand. It will have three tracks capable of holding 44 railcars for unloading.
“Di-Corp is an important customer of ours, and we expect to help the company move more frac sand to energy markets,” said Doug MacDonald, CN vice president, industrial products, in a written statement. “The new transloading terminal will create additional offloading and storage capacity at destination and also give our origin frac sand producers in the U.S. Midwest, Manitoba and elsewhere greater supply chain efficiencies and new market opportunities.”
The Canadian railroad last month announced it is speeding up improvements to a rail line between Wisconsin Rapids and Blair, Wis., to improve service for frac sand supply chains. Last year, CN also improved a line in Wisconsin to serve the industry.