G3 Canada announces two new elevator sites in Saskatchewan

G3 Canada plans to build two more elevators in Saskatchewan.

The company announced March 28 that it will construct one new elevator about five kilometres north of Melville, Sask., along Highway 10, and another about seven kilometres west of Sask-atoon, along Highway 14.

The facilities will feature high capacity drags under the drive shed, enabling trucks to unload quickly. Both will be serviced by Canadian National Railway and include 134-car loop tracks.

The Melville facility will have storage capacity of 34,000 tonnes. Capacity at the Saskatoon elevator will be 42,000 tonnes.

Grain collected at the two facilities will be shipped initially through G3’s Thunder Bay and St. Lawrence River export terminals and later through G3 Terminal Vancouver once that facility becomes operational in 2020.

“Growing our origination footprint in Saskatchewan is the next step in G3’s plans to build a highly competitive coast-to-coast grain handling network,” chief executive officer Karl Gerrand said in a news release.

Construction will commence in April with completion slated for mid-2018, in time for new crop deliveries.

Gerrand said earlier this year that G3 plans to build an additional eight to 10 high-throughput grain elevators at strategic points across Western Canada over the next three years.

Their design will be similar to the company’s four new inland terminals currently in operation.

“At one point, we will have as many as 10 greenfield projects under way at the same time.”

Gerrand did not say where G3’s other new elevators will be located, but he said the company had secured a number of sites and is assessing other potential locations.

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