G3 to build grain export terminal at Port of Vancouver

by Eric Schroeder
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G3 plans to build the first new grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver since the 1960s.
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — G3 Terminal Vancouver, an affiliate of G3 Global Holdings (G3), on Dec. 21 announced plans to build a grain export terminal in North Vancouver, British Columbia, the first new grain terminal constructed at the Port of Vancouver since the 1960s.

 

“Our Vancouver terminal is central to G3’s vision of a coast-to-coast grain handling network that sets a new standard in efficiency,” said Karl Gerrand, chief executive officer of G3. “We plan to transform the movement of grain through the west coast, providing Canadian farmers with competitive pricing and reliable delivery opportunities.”

G3 said the new Vancouver terminal will feature a rail loop track that will be capable of holding three 134-car trains. Additionally, the terminal will feature more than 180,000 tonnes of storage and will be able to handle cereal grains, oilseeds, pulses and special crops, much of which will be supplied via a throughput agreement with G3 Canada Ltd. G3 said the storage space will allow trains to travel to Vancouver, unload while in continuous motion, and travel back to G3 Canada’s primary elevators, including four recently constructed primary elevators, without detaching from their locomotives, critical to increasing supply chain efficiency.

The development of G3’s Vancouver terminal will be led by Bill Mooney, who has extensive Vancouver grain terminal management experience, together with G3’s team of experienced project engineers. Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. has been selected as the design-build contractor for the project. Construction will begin in March 2017, subject to final notifications, with the terminal slated for completion in 2020.

In June, G3 opened two high efficiency grain terminals in Pasqua, Saskatchewan, and Glenlea, Manitoba, Canada.

Construction of both facilities began in the fall of 2014, and both were completed on time and on schedule earlier this year. Like all of G3’s new facilities on the Prairies, both G3 Pasqua and G3 Glenlea feature 134-car loop tracks capable of loading a full unit train while in continuous motion. Both facilities also feature high-capacity drags under the driveways which enable farmers to unload a full super-B in five minutes or less, without moving. FWS was the general contractor for both projects.

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