Viterra plans new concrete in Alta. Peace

Commodity giant Glencore Xstrata plans to boost its grain handle in Alberta’s Peace region with a new concrete high-throughput elevator.

Glencore’s Viterra arm announced Tuesday it expects to start preliminary site work this fall at Grimshaw, Alta., about 25 km west of Peace River, on a 30,000-tonne capacity elevator with a 104-car rail spot.

Regina-based Viterra already operates a 4,760-tonne capacity elevator on Canadian National Railway (CN) track at Grimshaw. A company spokesman wasn’t immediately available Tuesday to say what will happen to that elevator.

The company also said Tuesday it plans to boost the storage capacity for one of its southern Alberta grain terminals at Grassy Lake, about 80 km east of Lethbridge.

The terminal, which can now hold about 22,500 tonnes of grains, will get an extra 14,000 tonnes of capacity, plus “operational improvements to increase logistical flexibility and efficiency.”

“More efficient”

“Our reinvestment in these targeted areas will accommodate increased farmer deliveries and facilitate higher and more efficient throughput,” Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s CEO for North America, said in the company’s release Tuesday.

The construction at Grimshaw will be the company’s second new Peace-region terminal in recent years, Viterra noted. A new elevator on CN track at Sexsmith, about 20 km north of Grande Prairie, was opened in 2010 with 29,790 tonnes of storage capacity.

Viterra also operates a fertilizer, seed and ag chemical supply centre at Grimshaw but announced plans in August to sell that centre and 16 others on the Prairies to Federated Co-operatives. FCL will then transfer the centres’ operation to a local retail co-op. — Network

Related story:
Prairie co-ops to take over 17 Viterra ag retail outlets, Aug. 30, 2013

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