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Canadian National Railway is planning to build a pilot plant worth up to $50 million next year to create pucks made of oilsands bitumen – Come to the Petroleum Club Luncheon March 21st

by Maureen McCall

CN has been refining a technology that mixes and coats bitumen with polymer plastic, creating a pellet-shaped product called CanaPux that can be shipped in rail cars and will float if spilled into water. The railway is in discussions with the federal and Alberta governments, along with potential oilsands industry partners and the Heart Lake First Nation of northern Alberta, to fund the 10,000-barrel-per-day pilot plant, said James Cairns, vice-president of petroleum and chemicals at CN.

So far they have enthusiastic support from both levels of government.

Join us for a presentation by CN Rail VP James Cairns discussing the short, medium & long term outlook of crude by rail capacity and the most recent developments and initiatives including CanaPux, March 21st at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Go to to register.

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