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Viterra to boost two Prairie elevators’ capacity

Facilities at Stettler, Binscarth booked for upgrades

File photo outside Viterra's downtown Regina office building. (Dave Bedard photo)

One of the Prairies’ biggest grain handlers has pledged to boost the handling and rail capacity at two of its inland terminals.

Glencore Agriculture’s Viterra arm announced Thursday it plans to upgrade its elevators at Stettler, Alta., about 80 km east of Red Deer, and at Binscarth, Man., about 120 km southeast of Yorkton, Sask.

The Stettler and Binscarth facilities today are among Viterra’s smaller sites, with capacity of about 9,620 tonnes and 8,500 tonnes respectively.

Storage capacity will increase by over 30,000 tonnes at each facility, Viterra said Thursday, and railcar capacity at the facilities will “more than double” with each location able to load over 134 railcars once the upgrades are complete.

The company didn’t give a timeline in Thursday’s release for the work to be completed.

The Binscarth facility is on a Canadian Pacific Railway line, while Stettler’s is on Alberta Prairie Railway, a CP partner best known for offering steam train excursions for passengers.

“By expanding our rail and storage capacities in targeted areas, we are creating further value for our farm customers at the local level, as well as our suppliers and end use customers,” Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s CEO for North America, said in Thursday’s release. — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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