Port Cartier elevator reaches a milestone

by Stormy Wylie
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PORT CARTIER, QUEBEC, CANADA — Les Silos Port Cartier elevator in December celebrated a milestone by handling its 100-millionth tonne of grain since the facility opened in 1967.

Louis Dreyfus Canada Ltd., Calgary, operates the elevator as part of a joint venture with Range Grain Company.

Brant Randles, Louis Dreyfus' vice-president and general manager, put the achievement in perspective. A train of standard railcars loaded with 100 million tonnes of wheat would stretch 14,000 miles, the equivalent of halfway around the world or across Canada five times.

"Any way you look at it, that's an awful lot of grain," Mr. Randles said.

Dreyfus also announced plans to build a U.S.$6.5-million, 30,000-tonne high throughput terminal in Lyalta, Alberta. The Lyalta terminal will be Dreyfus' ninth elevator built in Western Canada.

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2000, the terminal will have a 104-car spot and will be serviced by Canadian National Railway.

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