Vancouver:  Jeff Watson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, today celebrated, along with West Coast Reduction Ltd. President and CEO Barry Glotman, the completion of work to expand the rail unloading capacity of the West Coast Reduction facility at Port Metro Vancouver.

The project will improve transportation of agricultural products, particularly canola oil, being exported from Western Canada to Asia-Pacific markets.

The rail upgrades will increase the number of railcars that can be unloaded simultaneously, from 16 to 24. This will allow West Coast Reduction Ltd. to increase its canola handling capacity by an estimated 50 per cent, which represents an estimated additional $270 million in canola oil exported to Asia-Pacific markets. The project also involves upgrading the piping infrastructure to handle additional capacity.