Transport Secured for Canadian Wind Project

There is usually plenty of press when a new wind farm goes up but what about behind the scenes — particularly during the transportation phase when all that massive equipment has to get to the project site? For commercial-scale wind developments, the transportation element is a crucial and expensive part of the process.

Canadian Pacific Logistics Solutions (CPLS) is playing its part in this behind the scenes process through a multi-million dollar transportation deal recently signed with Vestas Canadian Wind Technology. The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, is creating an 84-unit wind farm at Hak, Saskatchewan. To build the wind farm, the company must bring the European-manufactured equipment needed for the project to the prairies. That is where CPLS and Canadian Pacific Railway come into play. Over the next six months, CPLS will facilitate the move of seven trains, each filled with dozens of blades and generators, called nacelles, from the Port of Houston to Hak, Saskatchewan. Traveling over rail, each 67-car train will carry the equipment to build 12 wind turbines. CPLS Business Development Manager, David Walker says moving the wind turbine equipment required careful planning. “If you’ve ever seen a wind turbine, you can appreciate the magnitude of the task we are faced with – each blade alone is 125 feet long.” Vestas Transport Co-ordinator, Claus Justesen is pleased with the solutions offered by CPLS. Vestas Transport Co-ordinator, Claus Justesen said the service will enable Vestas to service its customers in Canada in a timely and cost efficient manner as well as eliminate numerous obstructions to roadway traffic. The first train departed the Port of Houston on May 23rd, en route to the Minneapolis/St. Paul CPR interchange. It then traveled northwest, entered Canada at Noyes/Emerson and continued through southern Manitoba before it entered Saskatchewan. The train is scheduled to arrive at Hak, Saskatchewan on Thursday June 2nd. The wind turbine equipment will be combined with Saskatoon-manufactured towers and erected to create an 84-structure wind farm at Rush Lake, Saskatchewan. Six other trains will follow in three-week intervals until all the equipment has arrived at its destination.

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