Winnipeg’s Paterson Grain has lined up property off the QE2 Highway in central Alberta for its next inland grain terminal.
The company announced Monday it would start construction “immediately” at a site near Bowden, Alta., about 40 km south of Red Deer, to start taking grain in 2017.
The facility, when complete, will have storage capacity of over 55,000 tonnes plus a “highly efficient” loop track system, with capacity to load a 150-car unit train in seven hours, the company said.
The new facility will be built with a dual receiving area for trucks and “extremely convenient” access off Highway 2, allowing for “quick turnaround times for off-farm deliveries.”
“As the first in the industry to utilize the loop track design in Canada, Paterson has been able to minimize train loading times, setting a new industry benchmark at its loop track sites,” the company said.
Grain from the Bowden site — the company’s fourth terminal in the province — will be destined for export via Paterson’s Alliance Grain Terminal in Vancouver.
Bowden, which is served by Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), has one other elevator, a 1,200-tonne capacity site operated by grain handler and pulse processor W.A. Grain. — AGCanada.com Network