AWB Limited today opened the doors to its new grain receival centre in Pinnaroo, one of three opened in SA during the past week as part of a significant storage and handling investment.
AWB last week opened similar sites in Mallala and Crystal Brook, and with their fast intake and outloading capability, is expecting the state-of-the-art infrastructure to significantly reduce supply chain costs for grain growers in those regions.
AWB Limited Managing Director Andrew Lindberg, said these savings are likely to be approximately $2-3 per tonne.
"We have demonstrated with our existing sites in NSW and Victoria, these facilities injected much-needed competition into the surrounding region, and drove down costs for those growers," Mr Lindberg said.
"While we are aware that production in some parts of South Australia will be affected this year by adverse seasonal conditions, these facilities are long term investments in storage and handling and will play an important role in improving supply chain efficiency well into the future," said Mr Lindberg.
John Ramke, Southern Mallee District Council Chairman, officially opened the new Pinnaroo grain receival centre this morning and welcomed AWB’s investment.
The Pinnaroo grain centre will have a total site storage capacity of about 130,000 tonnes, and will be capable of receiving 8000 tonnes of grain daily. With two 1350 tonne over-rail bins, it will also be capable of loading a 2300 tonne train in less than 2.5 hours.
The site incorporates 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 centre will operate on extended hours during the peak harvest period, open from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.