Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Canadian Pacific increases 2013 capital investment program

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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In December 2012, Canadian Pacific announced a 2013 capital spending plan of up to $1.1 billion. On May 7, CP said that it will move forward certain capital spending projects originally targeted for 2014 into this year, funded by a higher than anticipated 2013 cash flow projection.
As such, CP will be investing an additional $75 to $100 million into its 2013 capital investment program.

“As our railway continues to transform, we see opportunities to accelerate enhancements to key sections of our North American system,” said Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison. “By taking these opportunities now to further improve our operations, we will be better positioned to respond to our customers’ shipping needs.”

The projects are primarily focused on productivity, safety, and efficiency, highlighted by the following:

• Advance track upgrade work on the North Main Line between Winnipeg and Edmonton.

• Upgrades to signaling systems on CP’s main line between Moose Jaw and Chicago, which will improve productivity and increase capacity to meet shipping growth.

• Achieve further expense savings and strengthen the balance sheet “by opportunistically acquiring core assets that would otherwise be leased.”

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