Fraser Grain Terminal

TYPE: Agribusiness
OWNER: Fraser Grain Terminal Ltd. (joint venture between Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited & GrainsConnect Canada Operations Inc.)
LOCATION: 11041 Elevator Road Surrey, British Columbia
DATE COMPLETED: December 2020

FWS was engaged by FGT to design, build, and deliver the Fraser Grain Terminal (FGT) located on the north shore of the Fraser River in Surrey, BC. The terminal was built to address the major constraints of limited rail capacity and shortage of port facilities for grain handling in western Canada required for transporting Canadian- grown grain to overseas customers. The new facility was designed and built to support farmers, increase efficiency in grain exports, and build relationships with customers around the world.


The export terminal has a capacity of 73,000 metric tonnes of grain storage and 20,000 metric tonnes of flat storage in 25 above-ground steel bins. Its rail capacity includes a semi-loop track with holding tracks for over 300 railcars. The vessel loading consists of a three-tower, slewing, retractable ship loader system to accommodate approximately 80 bulk vessels per year, including Panamax, Supramax, and Handymax-size vessels. The system design also incorporates a sea container loading facility to fill and utilize sea containers for storage and transport. FGT incorporates an existing joint venture flat storage facility with DP World Fraser Surrey and is located in close proximity to Canada’s largest container port. FGT ships bulk products such as wheat, barley, oil seeds, pulses, and other specialty grains.


The scope of work for this integrated design and construction project included:

  • A rail unloading station and transfer tower with fully enclosed conveying equipment and built-in dust suppression system
  • A fixed three-tower ship loader with choke and cascade-type telescopic spouts to decrease dust emissions during vessel loading
  • Realignment of an existing rail track and extension to three holding tracks northeast of main grain facility to accommodate inport/export (CN, CP, BNSF, SRY)
  • An administration building, maintenance shop,and electrical rooms
  • A new vehicle access road between the facility site and Robson Road