| ||Construction begins at Birchip grain centre|| ||
Construction has begun at AWB’s Grain Centre at Birchip in North West Victoria.
The Birchip Grain Centre will store 130,000 tonnes of grain each harvest, and will provide grain growers in the area with a state of the art, highly efficient grain receival facility.
Efficiencies at the site, including fast rail out-loading, will make better use of rail assets and therefore provide cost savings to growers in the order of $4 per tonne.
AWB Manager Supply Chain Development Ray Fehlberg said the Birchip site would open in November and would employ up to 30 local people in its operations. In addition up to 30 contractors from the region would be employed during the construction phase.
“The construction of Birchip, and our other sites in the region at Charlton and Sea Lake, are a reflection of AWB’s confidence in the strength and viability of the grains industry in Victoria,” Mr Fehlberg said.
AWB Limited already operates a state of the art storage facility in Dimboola, Victoria, which has reduced costs to growers and provided a return to AWB shareholders.
The facilities use the latest technology and each site will have the capacity to receive an average of 5,000 tonnes of grain receivals per day. All sites will have rapid rail loading capability with two x 1,350 tonnes over rail bins capable of loading a 2,200 train in less than two and half hours. As a result of operational features growers will have fast turnaround times during harvest.
The storage sites comprise a mix of permanent and temporary bunkers. Storage capacity as follows:
Storage Capacity (MT)
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