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The proponents of a proposed grain terminal for South Dundas released a number of details about the upcoming project on Monday.
Ontario Grain Terminals is proposing to construct a grain terminal on the site of the UTI dock located on Lakeshore Drive in South Dundas.
Once in operation, the grain terminal expects to receive wheat, soy beans and corn during their respective harvest periods for shipment by marine vessel.
Eastern Ontario produces over one million tons of grain annually and this creates a seasonal surplus that must find its way to market.
Current storage capacity in the area is insufficient creating less than ideal market conditions for local farmers at harvest.
It is expected Ontario Grain Terminals new export facility will relieve some of the congestion by providing local farmers and elevator operators with a new market for their grains.
Several major marine shippers of grain have expressed interest in loading their ships and this should provide better economics for local grain farmers.
The proposed facility will consist of two 20,000 ton grain bins similar in design and construction to grain bins on farms and grain elevators with the possibility of adding two more bins of the same size in the future is demand is sufficient.
The bins are proposed to be located immediately south of Lakeshore Drive on the UTI dock.
The design includes truck unloading and loading, plus a conveyor to the edge of the water for loading ships.
The proposed grain terminal is being designed by Horst Systems Ltd, a Guelph based builder of grain storage and handling systems for the past 20 years.
Earl Horst, the Founder of Horst Systems, now resides in Winchester and is actively involved in the design and construction of grain storage and handling projects in eastern Ontario.
The truck unloading pit will have dust control systems.
The aeration fans required to maintain grain quality will also be located on the south side of the grain bins.
The terminal will not have grain drying equipment.
The site is in close proximity to several residences and is being designed to the highest standards to minimize the impact.
The project has recently moved to the permitting stage and construction is expected to begin after the required permits have been obtained.
Ontario Grain Terminals will be managed by Ben Currelly, CEO of NorAg Resources Inc.
As the founder and owner of NorAg Resources, Ben has over 30 years of experience as a grain farmer, elevator operator, and 12 years of experience as a grain merchandizer/trader.
Ben is well known to farmers and elevators in eastern Ontario and has developed an excellent reputation among his customers and suppliers.
NorAg provides a full suite of services to grain farmers and elevator including forward purchase contracts, hedging and logistics.