Business & Policy
New grain terminal to provide 4 million tonnes of Western Canada export capacity by 2020
By Top Crop Manager
A new export facility in Surrey, B.C. will expand trade capacity and speed for Western Canadian grain producers.
Canadian grain company Parrish and Heimbecker, Limited (P&H) announced it will build and operate Fraser Grain Terminal after the project received Vancouver Fraser Port Authority permit approval last week. The new facility will be used to ship bulk grain products including wheat, barley, oil seeds, pulses and other specialty grains.
Exports of Canadian grain and specialty crops to growing markets in China and southeast Asia continue to increase. The new export facility will address two major constraints – limited western Canada rail capacity, and a shortage of port industrial land for grain handling. P&H has secured a long-term lease with the port authority for the site. Once complete, Fraser Grain Terminal (FGT) will provide four million tonnes of terminal capacity per year.
“This project will bring economic gains for farmers in Manitoba,” says Ralph Eichler, Manitoba’s minister of agriculture. “With so much of our grain exports going to Asia, anything that improves the speed of delivery is good for all Canadians.”
Construction is planned to start in late 2018 and will take approximately two years to complete with an expected completion date in December 2020. Once the new terminal begins operating, the existing smaller facility, a joint venture with Fraser Surrey Docks, will convert to handle only pelleted protein products. The existing mobile shiploader will be decommissioned.
The new terminal will have modern storage facilities, three shiploaders equipped with dust-reducing technology, and a fully-enclosed above ground conveying system with built-in dust suppression.
The project will extend existing rail loading areas and enable high speed rail car unloading, to improve loading efficiency, reduce rail shunting and dramatically improve rail car cycle times between the Prairies and metropolitan Vancouver.
“This grain terminal is one of a continuing series of large-scale investments in agriculture across Canada to help link producers to value added businesses and end-use customers in the most efficient way possible,” says John Heimbecker, president of P&H Grain. “With the help of the railways and the port authority we expect FGT to be one of the most productive terminals in the Pacific Northwest.”
More information is available at www.frasergrainterminal.ca/.
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