Skip to comments.Canadian group pitches Alaska rail line for oil sands
Posted on 02/04/2014 4:57:55 AM PST by thackney
Could a $15 billion railroad project reduce the cost of living in Alaska overnight? Matt Vickers, a lead member in the startup group G7G Railway Corp., thinks it can.
Vickers Vancouver-based group is proposing a 1,600-mile railroad from Fort McMurray, Alberta, into Alaska. About 240 miles of the rail would be laid in the state. The railroad would primarily transport bitumen from Albertas tar sands to Delta Junction, where the projects creators hope to tap into TAPS, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.
That version of the project would depend on the Alaska Railroad Corporation extending its rail line 80 miles from North Pole to Delta Junction. Vickers thinks it could inject up to a million barrels a day through the pipeline down to Valdez.
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Map from G7G corp:
G Seven Generations
We’re going north, the rush is on.
I’m sorry, but this makes no sense at all. Shipping north, by rail, over 1000 miles of crude that will be a waxy solid in the winter?
Are they mad?
If you want to ship by rail to a port, just extend the line to Price Rupert or connect up to the line to Vancouver’s port and put in an oil terminal.
Besides, if the rail was built, it would carry more than oil.
Handling their product in cold weather is hardly new for them. It isn't the tropics in Fort Murray. Their loading point has a lower average temperature than the proposed unloading point. They ship out by rail already. They make tanker cars with the ability to heat for pumping out.
Sounds like the Canadians are getting tired of the “I need another study” tactical ploy which endlessly delays moving the tar sands oil to the world market. This plan has the same flaw as the original, it relies on the U.S. for part of the transportation route. They need to forget the U.S. as we are no longer a reliable ally and move their oil to market entirely across their own territory.
Hopefully that @$$hat in the White House won’t screw this up....
This is to GET SUPPLIES TO ALASKA MORE EFFICIENTLY!
Which is why the Washington port folks will greatly oppose it.
I would think this proposed RR would encounter the same problem because of the international border crossing.
Yes the problem would be the same. Like I said, the Canucks should avoid U.S. territory to bring their resources to market. The thought occurs to me that anymore U.S. stands for “usual suspects”