Governor Phil Bryant and Consul General of Canada Stephen Brereton
Mississippi is a key state for Canadian National(CN), one of North America’s largest railroads. The state is home to more than 500 CN employees and 754 miles of track.
In June 2012, CN announced a long-term agreement with Southern Pacific Resource Corporation to transport bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast at Natchez — via CN’s rail network. The agreement represents an important milestone in CN’s growing business of providing flexible and cost-efficient transportation options for bitumen and heavy and light crude oil producers. CN expects to begin bitumen shipments before the end of 2012, with volumes ramping up to more than 12,000 carloads per year as production increases.
The U.S. and Canada have a long history of helping each other in times of crisis. Canada provided significant assistance to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. U.S. support during the massive ice storm that crippled much of Ontario and Québec several years ago was crucial to restoring heat and electricity to citizens in those provinces.
As Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states worked to mitigate the effects of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil leak, Canada has offered assistance, including scientific expertise, aerial surveillance support, and offshore containment boom from the Canadian Coast Guard, to assist with containment and clean-up efforts in the Gulf.
Enerkem’s biorefinery operation in Pontotoc – a 300 ton-per-day facility located on the Three Rivers landfall site – will initially produce 10 million gallons (36 million litres) of ethanol annually from sorted municipal solid waste and will reduce the pressure to landfill. The project is expected to create more than 70 permanent jobs.
Enerkem and the State of Mississippi were recognized as Biofuels Digest’s 2010 Public Private Partnership of the Year. Enerkem was also awarded a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and up to $80 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop this pilot plant.
Consulate General of Canada
1175 Peachtree Street, N.E. • 100 Colony Square, Suite 1700 • Atlanta, GA 30361-6205
Phone: (404) 532-2000 • Fax: (404) 532-2050
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2011 data in U.S. dollars (US$1.00=C$0.9891). Statistics Canada: tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (5/2012 release); goods & services trade (2/2012 release). World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER): Canada’s export ranking (2/2012 release). U.S. Census Bureau: trade (2/2012 release). Services trade data not available at a sub-national level. Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
* Job numbers from trade (2010 data) and Canadian-owned businesses (2009 data) are from a 2012 study commissioned by the Government of Canada