The Omaha Public Power District and Midwest Farmers Cooperative agreed for the utility to provide access to its Arbor Rail Line that runs between southeast Lincoln and Nebraska City as the co-op plans construction of a grain unit-train complex.
Midwest Farmers Co-op announced plans for the complex last year. It will be along the rail line southeast of Syracuse. Union Pacific Railroad will serve the cooperative site. OPPD uses the line primarily for deliveries of coal to its Nebraska City plant.
According to the Elmwood-based cooperative, the initial phase of development will build a facility designed to receive grain by trucks at the rate of 40,000 bushels per hour and capable of loading out 110 rail cars in less than 15 hours.
A groundbreaking ceremony is set for July 1 and the grain shuttle should be in operation by October 2016, the cooperative said in a news release.