Grain handling facility open house

 G3 Project Engineering Director Murray Vanderpont along with a colleague held an open house at the Stettler Agriplex on Nov. 15 to consult with farmers and neighbours in an open and honest conversation. ECA Review/T.Huxley

G3 Project Engineering Director Murray Vanderpont along with a colleague held an open house at the Stettler Agriplex on Thurs. Nov. 15 to consult with farmers and neighbours on a potential area for growth by constructing a new grain facility.

Ground has broke in Carmangay, Ab. but the company hopes to have several facilities spread across the province including the Town of Stettler.

The location proposed borders Stettler County but remains in town limits on the extreme west edge of town between Highway 12 and north of the railroad track.

Stettler was a prime area to develop in for its proximity to the railroad tracks, lack of competition and an abundance of producers to work with.

“We felt Stettler was a strong growing area. It’s underserviced by other grain companies and our analysis is that the grain is here and we have a very good opportunity to be successful in this area,” said Project Engineering Director Murray Vanderpont.

Construction, if all goes according to plan, will begin in the spring of 2019. June or July of 2020 would be the expected opening date.

The plot is roughly 200 acres which are needed to fit in a 134 car loop track for loading and unloading. The company does have agreements with both CN and CP.

“What we have is a purely grain handling facility here so we will be purchasing grain from local farmers. It will come in by truck, we will take it into our facility, weigh it and load rail cars. These rail cars will be going west,” explained Vanderpont.

They have options to purchase the land they plan to develop but remains undecided at this time.

“We are just starting our front-end engineering development where we do all our due diligence to assure ourselves that we have a suitable location to build. That includes consultation with the community, we also do engineering things like taking a topographical survey and geotechnical investigation so we can figure out what our cut and fill earth moving requirements are,” he said.

The facility is expected to have 42,000 tonnes of storage, 8,300-tonne steel bins, rail shipping at 1,600 tonnes an hour and are able to have B-Trains loaded within five minutes.

A couple of concerns brought forward at the meeting centred around traffic congestion, safety and noise levels.

“We’ve engaged a Stantec engineering to perform most of this work and the big one is the traffic impact assessment where we ensure that we have the suitable road infrastructure to provide safe transport for this grain and the public in general,” said Vanderpont.

“We anticipate about 40 heavy grain hauling trucks delivering per day. I think primarily that is the concern. Where are these trucks coming from and are they generating dust? Are they creating concerns regarding traffic safety? Those areas are all things we will take back and work with Stantec to make sure we address them.”

 

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

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