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NWT announces development of Unity rail port

After celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2021, Unity's North West Terminal announces plans to develop a world-class processing and transportation hub at its site.

UNITY — The board of directors of North West Terminal Ltd., an independent farmer-shareholder owned company, says it plans to develop a world-class processing and transportation hub at its site near Unity.

In a statement released this week, NWT says phase one of the Unity Rail Port is expected to encompass almost 75 acres of sublots for lease in the limits of the town of Unity.

Phase two of the hub is expected to include just over 210 acres of sublots for lease in the Rural Municipality of Round Valley.

NWT says phases one and two are located to the west and north, respectively, of a rail infrastructure expansion that is underway at NWT that is expected to include a dual loop track.

NWT describes the Unity Rail Port as unique as it is expected to offer prospective tenants access to:

  • Class 1 railways;
  • grain sourcing and procurement services through NWT's elevator facilities; and
  • other transloading resources.

As well, says NWT, the hub is situated on the intersection of two major highways and currently boasts over 200 rail car spots.

"The board of directors is pleased to be announcing this project," says NWT President Brad Sperle. "We have a solid foundation here at Unity as we already produce plant-based protein and renewable energy at our fermentation facility, have a long list of local farmer customers, and have an existing tenant that transloads lumber, among other things, from truck to rail. We want to continue expanding on these types of opportunities and attract tenants that have synergies with our existing infrastructure. We are also looking at the potential to make the hub green in the future by offering renewable power and carbon sequestration."