GrainsConnect plans elevator for Sask.

GrainsConnect plans to build a $30 million grain elevator at Wilkie, Sask., 130 kilometres west of Saskatoon.

The 35,000 tonne storage capacity elevator, which is similar to the one under construction at Maymont, Sask., will be able to load 130 cars in 10 hours. Canadian National Railway will serve it, a company news release said.

GrainsConnect is a joint venture of Australia’s GrainCorp and Japanese owned Zen-Noh Grain Corp.

The elevator is expected to open in the summer of 2018.

A third GrainsConnect elevator project announced for Niobe, Alta., is on hold, and the company is considering other Alberta sites.

Paterson Grain announced a 55,000 tonne elevator at nearby Bowden, Alta., at about the same time as the Niobe project was announced.

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