North West Terminal Ltd. has completed construction of a new 3,000 Amperage Motor Control Centre (MCC) complete with power factor correction at its Unity Saskatchewan location.
The MCC is designed to supply power to NWT’s existing grain handling facility through its two control centre rooms and power a new high-capacity grain dryer that is nearing completion.
The new MCC meets the company’s potential needs for expansion in the future.
The project was commissioned on Jan. 12 when power was connected to the new MCC.
The total cost of the project to date including materials, labour and equipment is $695,525.
The company estimates power savings from the power factor correction equipment installed in the new MCC of about $5,000 per month, or $60,000 per year.
“The board of directors is very pleased with the new electrical works at NWT,” said NWT’s president Brad Sperle in a statement.
“The amount of space and the availability of electricity is an important consideration when new projects are being planned.
“The new MCC will allow the company to expand the facility at less cost and better serve its farmer-customers for years to come.”
In addition, the power factor correction equipment will improve efficiency.
NWT is an independent farmer-shareholder owned company headquartered near Unity, where it owns and operates both an inland-grain terminal and a bio-products manufacturing facility.
NWT is also a minority owner of Alliance Seed Corp. in Saskatoon, and Alliance Grain Terminal Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia.