G3 opens Vancouver grain terminal

G3 opens Vancouver grain terminal
Jul 13, 2020

The facility can hold up to 180,000 metric tonnes of grain

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

G3 has cut the ribbon on its newest grain terminal.

On July 8, the grain handler officially opened its new G3 Terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

The facility had been accepting grain shipments for the last few months as part of testing protocols.

The terminal, which crews started building with an estimated $500-million budget in March 2017, includes 48 14-storey grain bins and a 264-foot- (79-metre-) tall work building.

G3 Terminal Vancouver can store up to 180,000 metric tonnes of grain, can receive up to three 150-car trains on its loop track and can load up to 6,500 metric tonnes of grain on vessels per hour. It’s also the first new grain terminal constructed at the Port of Vancouver since the 1960s.

Additionally, the dock at the elevator can accommodate Capesize vessels, ships capable of carrying up to 200,000 metric tonnes of weight.

“G3 began with the vision of building a more efficient path from farmers’ fields to global markets,” Don Chapman, president and CEO of G3, said in a statement. “We are very proud to see this vision become reality at G3 Terminal Vancouver …”

The Vancouver terminal is the third G3 has opened in 2020.

In June, the grain handler announced facilities in Morinville and Carmangay, Alta. were operational.

G3 is also building terminals in Wetaskiwin and Stettler County, Alta. which are scheduled to open later in 2020. Terminals in Irricana and Vermilion, Alta. are slated to open in 2021.

And G3 Swift Current, Sask. is also scheduled to open next year.

Farms.com has reached out to G3 and industry groups for comment.

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