ABOUT G3 TERMINAL VANCOUVER
G3 Terminal Vancouver (G3) is a joint venture partnership between G3 Global Holdings and Western Stevedoring Company Limited (Western).
About G3 Global Holdings
G3 Global Holdings is a limited partnership established by Bunge Canada and SALIC Canada Limited. Bunge Canada is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company, supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the animal feed, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. SALIC Canada Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), a joint stock company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. SALIC is building a global agribusiness by investing in greenfield and existing ventures.
About Western Stevedoring Company Limited
Western Stevedoring is a diversified stevedoring, terminal and logistics company with operations throughout British Columbia since 1948. Western is operator of Lynnterm East Gate and West Gate, located in North Vancouver, which specializes in handling forest products, steel and project cargoes. Western Stevedoring is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carrix Inc., headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Carrix is the parent company of SSA Marine and is the world’s largest privately held marine and rail terminal operator.
G3 is leveraging Western’s expertise and local knowledge, Bunge’s vast experience in facility construction and operation, and SALIC’s global relationships.
In the coming years, Canadian agricultural production is predicted to increase, at the same time as global demand for agri-products is also increasing, due in large part to global population growth and increasing wealth. Canada’s position as a top global agricultural producer with a stable and secure business environment makes our agribusiness sector an attractive location for investment in infrastructure development.
Canada’s grain and oilseed crops generate $23 billion in exports each year – almost ½ of Canada’s total food and agriculture exports – making them a major contributor to the Canadian economy. However, recent challenges have highlighted the fact that the industry’s current grain movement infrastructure is not sufficient to meet the need created by the increasing supply and demand for Canadian grain. Western Canadian farmers also have the longest average distance to port of any grain-exporting country, creating a natural challenge in getting their products to market at a competitive price. Modernizing infrastructure such as rail links and port facilities is necessary for Canadian producers to maintain competitive access.
G3 will also provide local benefits including 175 construction jobs, and 50-60 permanent jobs. Indirectly, G3 will help generate additional employment through its work with suppliers and other companies.
G3 intends to use local suppliers and labour whenever economically feasible. Recognizing the strong interconnectedness of industry, community and the environment in North Vancouver in particular, G3 intends to be a positive neighbour and community citizen.
KEY PROJECT FACTS
G3 Terminal Vancouver is designed to optimize grain receiving, storage, and shipping throughput operations on Canada’s west coast, and act as an essential conduit for Canadian farmers and marketers to ensure global competitiveness in moving agricultural commodities to world markets. Primary materials handled at the G3 facility include wheat, soybeans, canola, peas, corn (occasionally) and some specialty by-products.
Construction of G3 Terminal Vancouver includes the demolition of existing facilities and several site improvements, including buildings, overpasses/underpasses, and modification of the existing dock. Use of an existing industrial operations site allows G3 to minimize impacts to the neighborhood, region and foreshore while maximizing the full marine exporting potential of Vancouver’s North Shore. G3 will install and operate the following key assets:
- A railcar receiving facility that can unload two rail cars simultaneously. This facility will include a rail track loop configuration that allows for the storage or holding of up to three trains; the maximum rail loop can support a train up to 2,680 metres (8,793 ft.) in length.
- A conveyor system network that begins at the railcar receiving facility, traveling partially through an underpass, onto the terminal’s bulk scale and sampling systems, then on to the storage facility and cleaning house, and finally onto the ship loading facility to be placed on berthed vessels.
- A grain storage facility consisting of up to forty eight (48) concrete storage silos with an overhead conveyor system for distributing grain commodities. The storage facility is approximately 64.0 metres (210 ft.) tall, the silos being approximately 42.6 metres (140 ft.) tall and the remaining 21.3 metres (70 ft.) of height consisting of the overhead conveyor system and associated spouting and structures.
- A grain cleaning facility 81 metres (264 ft.) tall that will clean and direct grain(s) to storage. The cleaning facility consists of conveying equipment, grain cleaning equipment, grain bins and byproducts bins, a byproduct load out system and other related systems.
- The existing wharf will be demolished in part, and a berth structure will be added that includes pile driving 25 metres (82 ft.) south of the existing berth face to support up to three ship-loading cranes. The ship loading system will include three articulated booms that can load ships up to a post-Panamax size.
- Dust aspiration systems that collect grain dust and in some instances turn it into a pelletized commodity to be sold to the local animal feed industry. As part of this system, pelleted byproduct storage bins will be used for truck load-out. The site will also contain other environmental controls to ensure that the facility is operating within all applicable federal, provincial and regional guidelines and regulations.
- A maintenance shop building to ensure the terminal is properly maintained.
- A control centre, administration office and locker rooms for required staffing.
- Access roads and underpasses to ensure unencumbered operational traffic flow.
- An electrical substation, protection equipment, meters, power poles and lines required to upgrade to transmission voltage and connect into the BC Hydro transmission system at Brooksbank Avenue.
- A longshore building for stevedoring personnel breaks, complete with restroom facilities.