Toronto-based Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) and CN Specialized Services (CNSS) recently completed the rail move of twin-pack wind turbine blades from German manufacturer Enercon GmbH and Salco Energy Services Inc. of Calgary, Alberta.
The 51 sets of twin-pack blades are being installed in the 102 MW Bear Mountain Wind Park in Dawson Creek, British Columiba. The Bear Mountain installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and will have 34 Enercon E-82 3 MW wind turbines.
The wind turbine blades, which are 135 feet in length, were transported by sea aboard three vessels from the Port of Emden, Germany. CNSS, which arranged for railcar modifications for the move, also coordinated the unloading of the blades from the vessel and the loading of the blades and support equipment onto railcars.
Six trains were required to transport the equipment from Thunder Bay to Dawson Creek over CN's network. At destination, CNSS provided services for unloading the equipment for transportation to the wind farm.
CN's network serves the main wind farm regions of Canada, from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, and the U.S. Midwest, as well as multiple ports suitable for the importation of wind turbine components.
SOURCE: Canadian National Railway Co.