Richardson to double canola crush capacity at Yorkton facility
March 24, 2021 By Top Crop Manager
Richardson International Ltd. has announced a significant investment in their canola crush plant in Yorkton, Sask. In addition to doubling its processing capacity to 2.2 million metric tonnes (MMT), the project will optimize operational efficiencies and modernize the facility to meet the growing global demand for canola oil and canola meal products.
When completed, the Yorkton facility will include a high-speed shipping system with three 9,500-foot loop tracks, complementing current infrastructure. It will be served by both major railways and will be dedicated to moving canola crush products at some of the most efficient levels seen in North America. Additional facility upgrades and improvements will effectively double processing capacity in excess of 2.2 MMT of seed. The site will also boast three high-speed receiving lanes, providing producers and trucking partners a fast and effective means for seed delivery.
In addition to Richardson’s recent investment of $120 million in their Lethbridge, Alta., crush plant, this latest investment in Yorkton will provide additional opportunities to producers to market their oilseed crop.
“The global outlook for Canadian canola oil is promising, and this latest investment emphasizes our ongoing commitment to best-in-class facilities,” said Darrell Sobkow, Richardson’s senior vice-president of processing, food and ingredients. “Yorkton lies right in the heart of canola country and we are focused on providing our producer customers with increasingly efficient means for meeting the needs of a growing global consumptive market.”
Construction will begin immediately with no disruption to current operations and is expected to be completed in early 2024. During the construction phase, there will be significant opportunities for employment within the area and upon completion, the company expects to add full-time positions to the plant.