| ||AWB announces new grain receival centres in NSW and SA|| ||
AWB Limited today announced it would invest approximately $27 million in new grain receival centres at Pinnaroo, Monarto South and Maitland in South Australia and Oaklands in New South Wales.
AWB Limited’s Managing Director Mr Lindberg said the proposed facilities are part of AWB’s storage and handling strategy, aimed at delivering improved services and greater efficiency to growers, and providing a commercial return to AWB shareholders.
"AWB has a firm commitment to reducing supply chain costs for Australian wheat growers," said Mr Lindberg.
"We expect growers in these regions to save $2 to $3 per tonne on the combined up country storage and handling fee and transportation to port," said Mr Lindberg.
In total AWB will invest about $80 million in rural South Australia and New South Wales to build ten new grain receival centres for operation for the coming harvest. The proposed site locations are:
- Crystal Brook - previously announced
- Mallala - previously announced
- Monarto South
New South Wales
- Bellata - previously announced
- Gilgandra - previously announced
- Narromine - previously announced
- Nyngan - previously announced
The proposed sites will all have rapid rail out loading with the exemption of Maitland and Monarto South in South Australia, which are road-based sites. It is anticipated that Monarto South will be converted to rail in subsequent years.
The new investment will also create commercial and employment opportunities for the communities around the sites. During the construction phase of the projects AWB anticipates up to 30 workers will be employed at each site, with a focus on utilising local contractors where possible.
The receival centres are due for completion by November this year, and once operational will employ up to 30 local staff during the harvest season.
Each facility will have a storage capacity of 130,000 tonnes and will use the latest technology and have the capacity to receive 8,000 tonnes of grain per day, providing growers with fast turnaround times during harvest.