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BNSF to Serve Combined Crude and Grain Terminal North of Stanley

 Marilyn Johnson

Published on January 10, 2014
Construction on the Northgate Commodity Logistics Hub is well underway.

In early December, 2013 Michael Detlefsen, president & CEO, Ceres Global AG Corp., said work had progressed so that 80 per cent of the site preparation and mass grading was complete. The work began the summer of 2013.

He said BNSF Railway had extended the railway track from its line in North Dakota up to the Canadian border. The Northgate Commodity Logistics Centre’s track will link up with the BNSF rail network right at the border.

Ceres began laying the first 1,150 metres of railway track the week of December 8th and expectations were to link up with the BNSF track by the end of 2013.

The Northgate Commodity Logistics Centre’s connection to BNSF’s network will give shippers direct access to customers in 28 states, numerous Pacific and Gulf ports, and Mexico, using BNSF’s 32,000 mile network, including over 45 crude-by-rail destinations. Access to many other strategic interior locations and Atlantic ports are available through BNSF’s rail connections.

The total capital cost for the project is budgeted at about $90 million. Ceres continues to build out the facility on a three-year plan. The Northgate Commodity Logistics Centre has been designed to ultimately handle up to 40 million bushels of grain annually and 70,000 barrels of oil per day. The project is expected to create more than 100 construction jobs and about 30 ongoing jobs once the facility is fully operational.

In addition to the physical construction of the facility, the project continues to be subject to reaching final agreements with project partners and final receipt of governmental permits and approvals, including reaching satisfactory agreements with Canadian and U.S. customs authorities.

Northgate is within the rural municipality of Enniskillen No. 3. The planned hub is being built on 1.500 acres of land owned by Ceres Global Ag Corp. and is expected to include a grain handling and shipping facility, as well as a facility for transloading and shipping oil. In addition, the planned logistics centre will unload equipment and materials for Saskatchewan’s and North Dakota’s booming resource economies.

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