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CANEXUS

Project Highlights 
  • Constructed a double-loop track and storage area.
  • Built DF track for the loading facilities
Bruderheim, Alberta
Customer 
Canexus
Business Unit 
PNR RailWorks
Project Description 

PNR RailWorks constructed an expansive rail facility to support increasing demand for crude oil and diluted bitumen by oil producers in Western Canada.

Project Scope 

PNR RailWorks began in mid-2011 on the first of three project phases to construct the expanded rail facility. Working at a greenfield site adjacent to Canexus’ existing truck-to-rail transload operation, crews constructed phases I and II, a double-loop track with a connection to the main lines of serving railroads CN and CP. Crews constructed about 36,500 feet of track with steel ties and installed 40 turnouts, to comprise the double-loop tracks and storage area.

Phase III, constructing the direct fixation (DF) track on concrete slabs for the storage area, required coordinating with the consulting project management firm and other contractors. The project site was much more congested with about 12 other contractors also at work. In the spring of 2014, crews completed construction of the DF track on concrete slabs at the loading facilities to connect with both loop tracks.

Unique Features 

In December 2013, Canexus started the first pipeline-to-rail unit train operation in Alberta. The expanded facility has capacity to load 14 unit trains, or about 30,000 barrels per day by March 2014.