Having started 2018 with zero grain elevators in the Alberta market, G3 expects to soon have five in progress.
The Winnipeg-based grain handler plans to start construction by this summer on a pair of 42,000-tonne-capacity elevators near Stettler and Irricana, for completion the following year.
The Stettler County elevator is to be built near the CP Rail line just south of Erskine, about 10 kilometres west of Stettler. The Irricana elevator will go up near the CN Rail line about eight kilometres south of the community off Highway 9.
Both will have a railway loop track able to accommodate a 150-car-unit train and “will be able to unload a Super B truck in less than five minutes,” G3 said in a news release.
Last year, the company announced plans to build three Alberta elevators, at Morinville, Wetaskiwin and Carmangay. It is also constructing another elevator near Maidstone, Sask., southeast of Lloydminster, and a new port terminal in North Vancouver.
The Wetaskiwin and Maidstone elevators are due to be open this year, followed by the Morinville and Carmangay elevators in 2020.
G3 — jointly owned by Bunge, Saudi Arabia’s state ag investment firm SALIC and Class B farmer-shareholders through the Farmers Equity Trust — has already built and opened several elevators in the Saskatchewan and Manitoba markets since 2013.
“Central Alberta is one of the most important grain-growing regions in Canada,” company CEO Don Chapman said in the release.
“We are excited to be able to provide farmers in the region a new choice to market their grain through modern facilities that will save them time and money.”
Other primary grain elevators in the Irricana area include the Louis Dreyfus site at Lyalta and Canada Malting’s facilities at Beiseker and Lyalta.
At Stettler, Viterra operates a smaller elevator but announced plans in November for a major expansion at that site. Other nearby facilities include the W.A. Grain elevator at Bashaw.