Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kalama Terminal Operator Plans Expansion

The operators of a grain terminal at the Port of Kalama are reportedly planning a $50 million expansion project, which would include new rail lines and as many as 12 new storage silos.

Cowlitz County Building and Planning Department director Mike Wojtowicz said in a Feb. 29 interview with Longview, Washington-based The Daily News Online that county building officials have met multiple times with the owners of the port’s Temco terminal over the past few months about the project.

Temco is owned jointly by agricultural cooperative CHS Inc. and agricultural purchase and distribution company Cargill. The two companies also jointly operate grain terminals in Portland and Tacoma.

Officials with the companies have declined to discuss the project’s scope, cost or other details, but according to Daily News Online, the terminal owners have indicated that they’d seek bids for a general contractor in April, and construction would start between then and June.

The expansion project could be finished by early 2014, according to analyst Industrial Info Resources.

The Temco terminal is one of five at the Port of Kalama and is located on the port’s south end. The port is located in southwest Washington, about 30 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon and 120 miles southwest of Seattle. It specializes in bulk commodity exports.