CWB to build additional grain elevator
by World Grain Staff
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — CWB announced on April 10 the construction of its second state-of-the-art grain elevator near Colonsay, Saskatchewan, Canada. Situated on the Yellowhead Highway approximately 65 kilometers east of Saskatoon, the elevator at Colonsay will feature 42,000 tonnes of storage and is scheduled to open in time for the 2015 harvest.
“I’m excited to be able to announce the construction of our second elevator in Colonsay so fast on the heels of our Bloom elevator announcement,” said CWB President and Chief Executive Officer Ian White. “We see significant opportunity in the Colonsay area for a fast and efficient grain-handling facility that will provide the customer service that farmers have come to expect from CWB. CWB’s growing network of modern grain-handling facilities across the Prairies will provide farmers with more choice out in the country during a critical time in the ongoing transformation of the grain industry.”
Elevator construction has already begun one mile southeast of the town of Colonsay, adjacent to the CP line. The elevator will feature a car-loading rate of up to 1,600 tph with a 134-car loop track. The facility will also include a 17,300-tonne workhouse with cleaning facilities and 24,700 tonnes of steel storage capacity.
With the announcement of the Colonsay elevator, CWB’s overall asset network now includes elevators in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Mission Terminal in Ontario and Les Élévateurs des Trois-Rivières in Quebec. In addition, CWB’s two Equinox class laker vessels are scheduled to be operating in the St. Lawrence in 2015.
"It won't be long before farmers driving down the highway will be able to physically see the equity that is being built in CWB. CWB’s farmer ownership plan is designed to give farmers a stake in their value chain after privatization simply by delivering against our contracts" said White. "We have been tracking deliveries for all our farmer-customers since the 2013 harvest. As we continue to grow, the benefits to farmers will grow with us."