ADM’s key grain-export terminal repairs delayed

01 July 20202 min reading

Repairs to ADM's terminal in Reserve, Louisiana, damaged more than a year ago, will not be completed until early 2021 as high water conditions have impacted the construction schedule.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., one of the top agricultural commodity traders, said one of its key U.S. grain-export terminals won’t be back online until next year after work to repair the facility was delayed, Bloomberg reports.

Construction at the Reserve terminal in Louisiana, one of the three ADM owns in the Gulf of Mexico region, will be completed in early 2021, the company said in response to Bloomberg’s questions. Repairs were needed after a third party vessel collision damaged the facility last year.

“High water conditions have impacted the construction time line at our export terminal in Reserve,” ADM said. “We informed customers several months ago that we expect the repairs to be complete in early 2021, and we remain on track to have the terminal back online during that time frame.”

The delay means ADM’s Reserve terminal will miss some key months for the American crop-cargo season, with most U.S. soybeans exported from November through January. Gulf ports usually ship about 2 billion bushels a year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

ADM has two other export elevators in the Gulf region as well as facilities in Texas and the Pacific Northwest “to help us manage export volumes,” the company said, adding that the facilities handle soybeans and other agriculture products including corn and wheat.

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