Rail cars to ship propane from Alberta to Quebec

Alberta-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation is shipping propane to Quebec, which is dealing with a fuel shortage.

The company, headquarted in Calgary, is preparing unit trains, comprising up to 105 cars, at the company's facility in Redwater, northeast of Edmonton, said a release issued late Sunday.

The company "is driven by doing what is right for the country and fellow Canadians," the release said.

A strike by 3,200 CN rail workers, now in its seventh day, has left Quebec short of propane.

Farmers use propane to heat hog barns and henhouses, as well as to dry grain before storage. The vast majority of Quebec's propane supply is imported by rail from Ontario.

"Delivery of energy is vital to people's everyday lives and that's why we're in this business," Jaret Sprott, Pembina senior vice president and COO, said in the release.

"Working together across provincial boundaries and helping a province and people in need is how we do business at Pembina and in Alberta."

Pembina's facility at Redwater is the only one in Canada capable of amassing the quantities of propane to fill unit trains,  the release said.

The Calgary-based company said it will continue working with all levels of government in the interests of ensuring continuity of supply to alleviate any hardship.