RING OF FIRE â€“ RAIL FAVOURED OVER ALL WEATHER ROAD, STUDY SHOWS
Posted onApril 3, 2013
RING OF FIRE – RAIL FAVOURED OVER ALL WEATHER ROAD, STUDY SHOWS
A recent study released by KWG Resources Inc, shows that rail transportation makes more economic sense over the long term. The Study was commissioned by the international engineering firm Tetra Tech WEI inc. to compare the capital and operating cost of both a railroad and an all weather road to the Ring of Fire.
The study makes some calculated assumptions. The Study estimates the capital costs for a roadway at $ 1.052 billion and a railroad at 1.561 billion. If 3 million tonnes are shipped per year then operating cost estimates are $ 10.50 per tonne for the railroad and $ 60.78 per tonne for trucking on the road.
The proposed infrastructure corridor is located between Nakina and McFaulds Lake in the northwestern regions of Ontario. The Northern end terminates at a point 330 Kilometers due north of Nakina, near Mc Faulds Lake in Ontario.
The study concluded that rail transportation offers a higher level of safety, lower accidents and higher hazard protection in this region compared to truck traffic.
NOTO is monitoring development associated with the ring of fire in keeping with our policy on Mining and related activities.
To full study report can be accessed from KWG Resources Inc. website: Rail vs. Road Trade off Study