Railcar Mover at Burrard Products Terminal
Suncor’s use of a light railcar mover to transport product in and out its Burrard Products Terminal in Port Moody, B.C. earned the company a grant in 2010 for helping reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The $210,000 grant is from the Ecofreight program, a Transport Canada-sponsored competition that aims to help Canada’s freight sector find solutions to reduce GHGs. Suncor will use it to partially pay for buying the railcar mover, dubbed the Shuttlewagon.
The modern 220-horsepower Shuttlewagon meets U.S. EPA Tier III emission requirements and uses low-sulphur diesel. This is an improvement over the use of Canadian Pacific Railway’s older (1980s or earlier) technology 2,000-horsepower locomotive, which uses high-sulphur diesel.
In a six-month study, using the Shuttlewagon saved about 17,400 litres of fuel and resulted in an estimated total reduction of 45 to 50 tonnes of GHG equivalents (based on calculations from Environment Canada.)