Two new inland terminals have been announced for central Alberta, both on Highway 2 south of Red Deer.
Winnipeg-based Paterson Grain says it will build a high throughput elevator with 55,000 tonnes of storage and a loop track rail system on Highway 2 near Bowden, Alta., about 15 kilometres south of Innisfail.
GrainsConnect Canada, which announced its formation in December, got approval from Red Deer County Feb. 16 to build a 37,000 tonne elevator at Niobe, two kilometres north of Innisfail.
GrainsConnect is a joint enterprise of Australian company GrainCorp and Japanese agricultural co-operative Zen-Noh.
The company announced in December it would spend $120 million building four concrete elevators with loop track rail systems in Western Canada.
Each elevator would have 35,000 tonnes of grain storage capacity and the ability to load 130 to 150 rail cars in 10 hours.
GrainCorp owns Canada Malting Co. and operates a grain marketing office in Calgary. It already has small wooden elevators at Niobe that serve the malting business.
GrainsConnect will focus on bulk exports of wheat, canola, barley and peas. Product will be shipped through the West Coast to markets in Japan, China and Southeast Asia. It has not yet announced what it will use for a port terminal.
Warren Stow, president of GrainsConnect Canada, told the Mountain View Gazette that the company hopes to announce the location of a second Alberta elevator, along with two in Saskatchewan, within the next 60 days.
The Paterson facility will also include a loop track system, loading 150 car unit trains in seven hours. It will have a dual receiving area for efficient truck unloading.
Construction is expected to begin immediately, and the company hopes to be operating in 2017.
Family-owned Paterson announced a similar facility for Daysland, Alta., last summer.