Canadian Pacific signs transport deal with Vestas to ship wind turbine components
CALGARY, ALTA-Canadian Pacific Logistics Solutions (CPLS) is contributing to the growth of wind power in Canada through a multi-million dollar transportation deal recently signed with Vestas Canadian Wind Technology, a leading provider of wind turbines in North America. Vestas is building an 84-turbine wind farm at Rush Lake, Saskatchewan and, as part of the project, has contracted CPLS to transport the European-manufactured blades and generators from the port of Houston, Texas to Hak, Saskatchewan, near the Rush Lake site. The wind turbine equipment will be combined with towers manufactured in Saskatoon. The first of seven CPLS trains carrying the European equipment arrived at Hak early this month, and over the next six months, the remaining six trains will follow at three-week intervals until all the equipment has arrived at its destination. Each 67-car train will carry the equipment required to build 12 wind turbines. David Walker, business development manager for CPLS, said 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," he explained. Vestas transport co-ordinator Claus Justesen observed that the service provided by CPLS "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." More information is available from Ed Greenberg at Canadian Pacific, 403/319-3686, Web site www.cpls.ca.