Planning and behind the scenes work continues with Comtrax, a proposed commodity hub planned for the southeast area. Originally announced in December of 2016, the project is coming along quickly.

Mark Bratrud is a spokesperson for Comtrax. He said as of late, they have been in a bit of a holding pattern while some work done by third parties gets completed.

“We have Meyers Norris and Penny working on a feasibility study that we’re expecting sometime here before the end of October,” Bratrud said, naming one of the parts of the project underway.

The land needed for the project has also been secured, an area east of Weyburn. Bratrud said they have an option agreement on roughly 800 acres of land along the CP Rail line with about 12,000 feet of track frontage.

Another key hurdle which needed to be completed was the environmental study on the site. The year-long study was recently wrapped up and has been submitted to the proper channels for approval.

The engineering is underway with AECOM working on the drawings. It is roughly 30 percent complete, with CPR engineering staff also looking at the projects to ensure they will be good to go.

“It’s going a little bit slower than we would like, but we hope to hear back from them soon,” Bratrud said.

The regulatory process with the rural municipality has also been completed. Hearings were held last spring on the project at the R.M. level, and the council approved the rezoning of the land into a holding zone, slated to be heavy industrial, allowing Comtrax to begin making plans.

The plan for Comtrax is to start the work on the project in the spring. The commodity hub would provide transportation for products such as grain, crude oil, aggregates and many other products.

More Local News

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide