High-Speed Grain Shipping Terminal - Mercury

Project:          High-Speed Grain Shipping Terminal

ient:               Mercury Terminal

Location:        Delta, British Columbia, Canada

Capital Cost:   $40 million

Mercury Terminal -- Delta, British Columbia

As part of the feasibility study for a new high throughput, minimal service, export grain terminal in Vancouver, CMC Engineering and Management Ltd. was awarded the contract to carry out the pre-engineering portion of the work.

The performance requirement for the Mercury Terminal called for extremely high throughputs (10Mt/a or more) combined with the lowest possible capital and operating costs.  Added to these economic performance requirements were the need to build upon terrain that is quite inhospitable to the classic export terminal design.  (The site was located upon an artificial island in the middle of a shipping channel.)

The design for this terminal combined a number of innovative solutions with some well established ones to achieve the desired results:

  • Low profile dome storage with separate hoppers and floating foundations.
  • Multi-gate discharge system with automated profile leveling to minimize structural stresses. High capacity flows (2,400 t/h per stream) without bucket elevators.
  • High capacity train indexing (2,400 t/h per stream) with batch or unit product capability.
  • Minimal operating personnel requirements (six staff including three shiploader operators).
  • Highly automated data links to all external contacts (clients, suppliers, shippers, rail transporters, and regulatory bodies).

In order to supplement its range of expertise, CMC teamed up with Delcan Corporation and Lassing Dibben (Pacific) Ltd. to supply all aspects of the pre-engineering work:

  • Structural
  • Material handling
  • Mechanical services (including site drainage)
  • Geotechnical
  • Site preparation
  • Rail services
  • Process design
  • Electrical services
  • Automation services

Due to changing market conditions, the Mercury International Terminal was postponed, but the design concepts contained therein, have continued to form the basis for the next generation of high speed, minimal service export grain terminal.