Viterra plans new elevator in eastern Saskatchewan

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Glencore’s Prairie grain handling arm Viterra plans to boost its throughput capacity in east-central Saskatchewan with a new elevator at Wadena.

Wadena, served by both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways (CN, CP), already has a smaller Viterra elevator on each line. The two former Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevators have capacity for 5,020 and 4,000 tonnes of grain respectively.

The planned new high-throughput terminal, by comparison, would have storage capacity of 34,000 tonnes and a loop track to load up to 156 rail cars.

Construction on the new terminal is to begin this fall for completion in the fall of 2018, the company said.

Regina-based Viterra didn’t say in its press release Thursday which railway would serve the new terminal, nor did it say what it will do with the two existing elevators.

Wadena, about 140 km northwest of Yorkton, is also already home to a 35,920-tonne capacity high-throughput terminal on CP track.

Grain handler Richardson International, which also has a canola crush plant at Yorkton, has owned and operated the former North East Terminal site at Wadena since 2011.

“We’ve worked closely with farmers in Wadena and surrounding areas for many years, and we’re excited to be renewing our commitment to them through a new world-class grain facility that will meet their needs in today’s competitive operating environment,” Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s CEO for North America, said in Thursday’s release. — Network

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