Maymont in line for new elevator

The community of Maymont, Sask., will be the latest prairie community to get a modern high throughput grain terminal.

Unconfirmed reports say GrainsConnect Canada will build a new concrete facility in the community, located 90 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon and 40 kilometres southeast of North Battleford, along Highway 16.

Officials from GrainsConnect could not be reached June 24 to confirm the site, but details of the proposed construction were made public in a June 16 presentation to investors in West Footscray, Victoria, Australia.

Slides from the presentation show pictures of site preparations at Maymont and early stages of construction.

GrainsConnect Canada is a joint venture between Australian grain handling company GrainCorp and Japanese agricultural co-operative Zen-Noh.

The joint venture announced its formation in December 2015 along with plans to build four high-throughput elevators in Western Canada at a cost of $120 million, including two in central Alberta and two in Saskatchewan.

GrainsConnect already has approval to build one of its facilities near Niobe, Alta., just north of Innisfail.

GrainsConnect president Warren Stow said earlier this year that the locations of the other three facilities would be announced in early 2016.

Information contained in the slide presentation suggests that land has already been acquired in Maymont.

The facility in Niobe will have storage capacity of 35,000 tonnes and will include a modern loop track design capable of loading 134-car trains in roughly 10 hours.

GrainCorp also owns Canada Malting Co. and operates a grain marketing office in Calgary.

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