Viterra plans storage upgrades in western Sask.

Grain handler Viterra plans to start work this spring on expansions for its elevators at North Battleford and Lloydminster, Sask.

Construction at the Regina company’s Lloydminster elevator will involve an additional 12,000 tonnes of storage capacity, bringing total grain storage to 27,000 tonnes.

Viterra said it will also expand its rail car loading capacity at Lloydminster to a 112-car spot, up from 56, connecting to the Canadian Pacific Railway line.

The North Battleford elevator, meanwhile, will get another 8,000 tonnes of storage capacity, for a total of 33,800.

The upgrades, all of which are expected to be completed by late fall this year, are “consistent with the company’s strategy to invest in its infrastructure and optimize its elevator footprint in top grain-producing regions,” Bob Miller, the company’s senior vice-president for North American grain, said in a release Thursday.

The elevators’ ability to accept and move higher volumes of grain will translate to faster unloading times and cost savings for farmers, he said.

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