Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bulk Expansion at Portland

By Karen Robes Meeks

Canpotex Limited has finished its five-year, nearly $150 million terminal expansion at Portland Bulk Terminals at the Port of Portland.

The terminal now has a new shiploader, a new warehouse facility capable of holding 110,000 metric tons (MT), and an upgraded vessel loading system that can more efficiently move potash from trains, through the warehouse system and onto ships. “The expansion of our Portland terminal is the culmination of five years of hard work, dedication and partnership between Canpotex, the Port of Portland, the local community and dozens of vendors and suppliers,” said Ken Seitz, president and CEO of Canpotex. “The improvements we have made at Portland Bulk Terminals will enhance our ability to reliably ship our potash overseas and meet customers’ needs.”

According to the company, the improvements raise overall terminal system capacity by an estimated 3.5 million MT annually for a total of 7.5 million annual MT.

“The completion of this expansion project enables Canpotex to be agile and responsive to our international customers’ demands for high quality, Canadian potash,” said Seitz.

Based in Saskatoon, Canpotex is considered Canada’s largest mineral exporter, delivering potash to about 40 countries.