AWB Limited and Pacific National today unveiled a new set of 51 grain rail wagons, as part of a $100 million investment in the NSW grain industry.
This investment - announced last year by the NSW Government, AWB and Pacific National (then FreightCorp) - includes construction of two Grain Consolidation Facilities (GCFs) at Stockinbingal and Werris Creek, new wagons and refurbishment of existing grain wagons.
The new, larger rail wagons - which have been purchased by AWB and will be leased to Pacific National - will complement the new GCFs to drive down freight costs for the state’s grain growers.
The new set of wagons were unveiled today at AWB’s Stockinbingal grain receival centre, with AWB Managing Director Andrew Lindberg, and Pacific National CEO Stephen O’Donnell on site for the launch.
Mr Lindberg said the new investments would play an important role in helping to make the industry sustainable in the longer term and ensure that the savings are passed back to growers in the form of more efficient grain storage, handling and transport.
"These new wagons are high capacity rolling stock, that along with the state of the art infrastructure at the GCFs, can be loaded and unloaded faster than before resulting in cost savings to growers," Mr Lindberg said.
Mr O’Donnell said the investment, and a range of other initiatives, would deliver real efficiencies in Pacific National’s operation, which is of benefit to customers such as AWB.
"This agreement marks the development of a long-term relationship between the two companies in providing grain transport and handling services, and the outcomes of that relationship will be improved rails services for NSW grain growers," Mr O’Donnell said.
Reflecting both organisations’ commitment to safety, the new wagons have a number of special safety initiatives, including loading hatches that can be opened from the ground so staff do not have to climb onto the wagons, and automatic discharge doors which reduce the risk of injury from manual opening.