G3 Canada to build grain el­e­va­tor near Car­man­gay

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - BY DAVE MABELL SOUTH­ERN AL­BERTA NEWS­PA­PERS

A new grain buyer is look­ing for south­ern Al­berta cus­tomers.

Win­nipeg-based G3 Canada Ltd. has an­nounced plans for a 42,000-tonne pri­mary el­e­va­tor south­east of Car­man­gay.

Of­fi­cials say the state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will be able to empty a Su­per-B grain hauler in less than five min­utes – and load a 134-car hop­per unit train on a loop track in a mat­ter of hours.

Grain will be ex­ported by Cana­dian Pa­cific rail through a new tide­wa­ter el­e­va­tor in North Van­cou­ver, where the hop­pers will empty as the grain train slowly makes its way around a sim­i­lar loop track.

“G3 Car­man­gay is de­signed to save farm­ers’ time and keep their grain mov­ing to mar­ket,” says Don Chap­man, the com­pany’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the com­mu­nity in and around Vul­can County, and show­ing farm­ers how our in­dus­try-lead­ing speed and ef­fi­ciency can ben­e­fit their busi­ness.”

Con­struc­tion “will be­gin shortly,” the com­pany says, with com­ple­tion ex­pected in 2020 – when the new Van­cou­ver har­bour fa­cil­ity is also ready. Sim­i­lar projects are al­ready un­der­way near We­taski­win and at Maid­stone, a western Saskatchewan com­mu­nity on the Yel­low­head High­way.

G3 has also com­pleted sim­i­lar projects re­cently near Saska­toon and Melville, Sask. It also op­er­ates grain­han­dling fa­cil­i­ties on the Great Lakes and as far east as Que­bec City, and owns “the largest pri­vate fleet of grain hop­per cars in Canada.”

The com­pany was formed when the Saudi Agri­cul­tural and Live­stock In­vest­ment Co. ac­quired the re­main­ing as­sets of the Cana­dian Wheat Board – sold by the Stephen Harper gov­ern­ment in 2015, after it had been stripped of its grain mar­ket­ing op­er­a­tions.

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