AWB Limited today opened the doors to its new, $8 million grain receival centre at West Wyalong, the first of six new sites to be launched as part of a $40m storage and handling expansion.
With fast intake and outloading capability, AWB is expecting the state-of-the-art facilities to significantly reduce supply chain costs for grain growers in the region.
According to AWB Limited Chief Executive Andrew Lindberg, those savings are likely to be about $4 per tonne.
“We have demonstrated with our site at Dimboola, in Victoria, that building a storage and handling facility injected much-needed competition into the region, and drove downs costs for those growers,” Mr Lindberg said.
“We expect this new infrastructure to be a significant benefit for grain growers within a radius of 100km, or more, of the grain centre,” said Mr Lindberg.
The West Wyalong grain centre will have a total site storage capacity of about 200,000 tonnes, and will be able to receive 8000 tonnes of grain daily.
Its fast out loading ability, with two 1350 tonne over-rail bins, will be capable of loading a 2500 tonne train in less than two hours.
The site also includes a double-sided sampling platform, integrated receival data capture, weighbridge capacity of 160 tonnes, and advanced elevator and conveyor systems.
To improve efficiency for growers even further, the site will be operate on extended hours during the peak harvest period, open from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.
West Wyalong’s new grain receival centre was officially opened this morning by local Mayor David Bolte.
AWB’s five other sites at Bogan Gate and Stockinbingal, in NSW, and Birchip, Charlton and Sea Lake in Victoria, will also be opened in time for the approaching harvest, and are now in their final stages of construction.
For more information contact: Alana Wastle on 03 9209 2555 or 0407 310 250.