G3 CANADA – GRAIN PORT FACILITY, HAMILTON, ON

On the strength of our ongoing work for G3’s growing network of inland grain terminals, CEL was awarded the contract to provide design-build electrical work and instrumentation for G3’s port facility in Hamilton. This included the installation of state-of-the-art automation systems and an advanced dust control system.

G3’s 50,000 MT grain port was CEL’s first project in southern Ontario, and our first port shipping facility. Crews had to conform to regulations unique to construction on water bodies. This included the requirement for contractors to wear lifejackets.

The project had a tight 6-month turnaround, and involved two interesting challenges. CEL was tasked with refitting the advanced German-built shiploader system to meet Canadian electrical code. In addition, we worked diligently with the port authority to install a ‘dark sky lighting system’ that minimized light pollution in this highly populated region along Lake Ontario.

Today, the facility is processing 120 to 140 trucks per day, averaging 4.5 minutes/truck. The shiploader system is fully operational, providing a 1,600 tonne/hour shipping capacity.