The terminal will be able to load a truck in just six minutes.
SASKATOON, Sask. – Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is investing $41.8 million to build a new state-of-the-art, high-throughput fertilizer terminal near Grassy Lake, Alta., which lies between Medecine Hat and Lethbridge on Highway 3.
“This facility supports local co-ops and is the next step on our journey to grow within the crop inputs business,” said Patrick Bergermann, FCL’s associate vice-president of ag and home.
“This is a long-term investment back into Western Canada that will help us better serve and meet the needs of local co-ops along with their members and customers.”
This is the third fertilizer terminal to be constructed and operated by FCL to warehouse, blend and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products to locally owned Co-op Agro Centres, which then supply these products to their farm customers. The new terminal will have a storage capacity of 34,400 metric tonnes and be able to fill a super B trailer with straight product in about six minutes.
Rail access with a looptrack that can accommodate up to110 car unit trains will allow the facility to efficiently receive product from domestic and international suppliers.
“Having a facility that efficiently receives and stores phosphate is essential as domestic production ends this spring,” said Dan Mulder, FCL’s Director of Fertilizer.
“This is one of the opportunities we want to provide through the terminal, along with greater convenience and service levels for Co-op customers in southern and central Alberta.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019. The terminal is expected to be fully operational for the summer of 2020. The project is expected to create about 150 jobs during the construction phase, with five full-time and two seasonal positions required when the terminal becomes operational.
FCL opened two fertilizer terminals in 2017 in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon, Man. They have storage capacities of 45,000 and 27,500 metric tonnes, respectively.