Ceres Global to build commodity logistics hub near Estevan

February 6, 2013 - 7:18am
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Sending some of Canada's best commodities to the United States and beyond will soon get a little bit easier.

Ceres Global Ag Corporation announced they are building what they are calling a "commodity logistics hub" in Northgate, at the US border, off highway 9 near Estevan.

When at full capacity, it will ship 40-million bushels of grain per year; 70-barrels of oil per day, and also bring in supplies like pipe to the oil industry.

President Michael Detlefsen says there are a few projects similar to this one in the United States, but he's not aware of any in Canada.

The project will connect with the BNSF Railway network in the U.S.

"They have about 32,000 miles of track in their network," said Detlefsen.

"They service pretty much everywhere in the western and southwestern United States, and they have connections through to the east coast and the south east through whatever rail agreements they have with other carriers."

1500 acres of land was acquired in Northgate for the project; some of it was unused land, but some was residential and land that was used as a pasture for farm animals.

Ceres worked out deals with the landowners, and says some of them will be moving to nearby communities like Oxbow, while others are moving elsewhere.

For other residents of south east Saskatchewan, it could mean a new job.

"We're estimating that there will be about one hundred construction jobs over the course of the construction period, and up to thirty permanent jobs," said Detlefsen.

They haven't chosen the company to work on the construction of the project just yet, however a Regina-based firm was selected for the design and engineering of the site; while a Calgary-based company with a large presence in Saskatchewan was chosen for the oil component of the project.