Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has earmarked $41.8 million to build a new state-of-the-art, high-throughput fertilizer terminal near Grassy Lake, Alta. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of this year, with the terminal expected to be fully operational for the summer of 2020.
The southern Alberta branch will have a storage capacity of 34,400 metric tonnes and be able to fill a super B trailer with product in about six minutes.
“This facility supports local co-ops and is the next step on our journey to grow within the crop inputs business,” says Patrick Bergermann, FCL’s associate vice-president of ag and home.
The new plant will be the third fertilizer terminal to be constructed and operated by FCL to warehouse, blend, and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products to locally owned Co-op Agro Centres, which then supply these products to their farm customers.
According to a news release, rail access with a looptrack that can accommodate up to 110 car unit trains will allow the facility to efficiently receive product from domestic and international suppliers.
Roughly 150 jobs will be created during the construction phase, with five full-time and two seasonal positions required when the terminal becomes operational.
Two years ago, FCL opened two fertilizer terminals: one at Hanley, Sask., and the other at Brandon, Man. Those two terminals have storage capacities of 45,000 and 27,500 metric tonnes, respectively.