Monday, April 19, 2010

Construction Continues on New PNW Export Elevator

Silos to store and separate several classes of U.S. wheat and other grains are currently being built at the Export Grain Terminal in Longview, Washington. This joint venture between global agricultural and shipping companies Bunge North America, ITOCHU and STX Pan Ocean is expected to be completed in the third or fourth quarter of 2011.

USW Vice President John Oades recently told The Capital Press that the new facility has a larger rail and barge off-load capacity, more storage and faster vessel-loading capacity than other elevators on the Columbia Snake River System where port load-out capacity has been at or near maximum levels. Oades told Capital Press writer Matthew Weaver that the additional capacity also helps the Pacific Northwest industry to further address wheat segregation and loading needs to meet the increasing quality and consistency demands of international buyers. Oades also noted that with additional renovations and expansions planned for several other elevators, the Columbia River channel deepening project intended to allow vessels to load up to 60,000 metric tons, and major lock upgrades, the region's ports will become even more efficient.

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