Both Viterra and GrainsConnect have announced plans over the last two weeks to build new high throughput grain elevators in the Vegreville, Alberta area.
Viterra confirmed yesterday that it has received all necessary regulatory approvals, with construction expected to begin this spring.
“We have a long and successful history in this area of Alberta, so we’re proud to continue supporting our local customers with a new facility that will allow us to provide the industry-leading standard of service that Viterra is known for,” said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s President and CEO for North America.
The Viterra facility will have storage capacity of 35,000 metric tonnes, with a 130-car loop track serviced by CN Rail.
Earlier this month, GrainsConnect Canada unveiled plans to build its third grain terminal near Vegreville, with work already underway on new elevators in Maymont and Reford, Saskatchewan.
The GrainsConnect facility will also feature 35,000 tonnes of storage, with a loop capable of loading 130 cars in under 14 hours. It will be serviced by CN.
Construction is expected to begin by mid-year, with an anticipated completion date in late 2018.
GrainsConnect, a joint venture between GrainCorp of Australia and Japanese agricultural co-op Zen-Noh, also received approval from Red Deer County on last year to build a 37,000 tonne elevator just north of Innisfail, Alberta.