The contract for the first project was awarded June 4, 2015, and work is already underway in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada. At the outset the site will include one dome measuring 110 feet in diameter and 104 feet tall, capable of holding 11,500 metric tons of canola pellets. Project completion is anticipated for February 2016.
The second project will be constructed in Cahokia, Illinois, where a dome measuring 127 feet in diameter and 99 feet tall will hold 18,000 metric tons of grain. The contract was awarded September 2, 2015, and construction is set to begin mid-October and be complete around May 2016.
Louis Dreyfus Commodities selected Dome Technology after determining a concrete dome would be the best solution for its storage needs in both locations, said Louis Dreyfus Commodities project manager Ross McEllhiney. “This is our first time in using concrete domes for this type of storage, and Dome Technology was determined to be the most qualified for this application and location,” he said.
Dome Technology leadership hopes the Yorkton and Cahokia projects will be the first steps toward creating a long-term working relationship with Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Dome Technology sales manager James Stoker said.
“The biggest thing we’re excited about is starting a relationship with a company that’s worldwide and well known,” Stoker said. “Our goal is to become a preferred vendor. We want to not only provide the best storage solution, but also execute the best we can and provide a great product and project (to) satisfy the customer.”