Neptune Bulk Terminals Capacity Upgrade

Helping meet the world's demand for potash

Neptune Terminals Limited | Canada | 2009-2011

6,000 metric tons per hour in rate capacity

30% increase in potash production capacity annually


  • The Canadian province of Saskatchewan meets 35% of the demand for globally traded potash.
  • Much of this mineral fertilizer passes through Neptune Terminals, one of the largest multiproduct bulk terminals in North America.
  • Expansion was definitely needed, but efforts were challenged by the site, which is physically constrained.


  • This design-bid-build project saw rail car dumper # 1 and conveyor belt replaced, increasing the rated capacity to 6,000 metric tons (MT) per hour.
  • The conveyor system was upgraded, modifying five conveyors and replacing one.
  • A surge bin was replaced with a new 620 MT stainless steel bin and support tower.
  • Two tunnels were constructed, one reaching 35 feet below grade, and a new roadway overpass was built that spanned two conveyors.


  • As a result of the expansion, rail tracks can now accommodate two potash trains, or 340 railcars, at one time.
  • Two enclosed gravity-fed dumper pits can handle four railcars each. Two large storage sheds can store approximately 210,000 metric tons of potash and deliver it to two different berths.
  • Separate cascade chutes are used for red and white potash, and the chutes “gently” deposit potash into the holds of vessels, minimizing breakage and dust.
  • In 2011, Neptune Terminals handled a record 12.85 million metric tons of cargo and an estimated 7.2 million metric tons of potash.

“We surpassed our previous handling record by 12% while undergoing construction, which is a credit to the efforts of our operations, maintenance, and construction teams. Through strategic investments in our terminal, we have delivered a reliable supply chain for our shareholders and their customers, and these investments are paying off.”

Jim Belsheim | President and CEO, Neptune Terminals

Project numbers

Construction cost: $49.3 million
Neptune's annual potash capacity increased by about 30%, to 11.5 million metric tons.

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