AWB Limited today announced it would invest $36 million in constructing new grain receival centres in Northern New South Wales this year to drive down wheat growers’ supply chain costs.
AWB Limited’s Managing Director, Andrew Lindberg, said the proposed facilities were part of AWB’s existing storage and handling strategy, and would deliver improved services and greater efficiency to growers while providing a commercial return to AWB shareholders.
"Growers can expect savings of at least $2 - $3 per tonne on the combined up country storage and handling fee and the rail deduction to port," said Mr Lindberg.
"Development applications have been lodged with the relevant local council for sites at Bellata, Gilgandra, Narromine and Nyngan at a cost of approximately $9 million each.
"The proposed sites at Gilgandra and Nyngan are situated on rail branch lines and this investment reinforces our commitment to invest in rural Australia and to provide appropriate support to rail branch lines in rural NSW," said Mr Lindberg.
"This investment will be an important financial boost for NSW rural communities and our experience in constructing grain centres in other areas has shown a substantial injection of funds into local economies arising in construction phase and through on-going employment," said Mr Lindberg.
The sites are due for completion by November this year and once operational each site will employ up to 30 local staff during the harvest season.
The facilities will use the latest technology and will have the capacity to receive 8,000 tonnes of grain receivals per day, providing growers with fast turnaround times during harvest.
The proposed sites will have rapid rail loading capability with two x 1,350 tonnes over rail bins capable of loading a 2,700 tonne train in less than two hours.
AWB Grain Centre
The proposed AWB Grain Centres will be state of the art grain storage and handling facilities delivering a fast and efficient service to grain growers.
Proposed sites in NSW will have the following features:
2 x 40,000mt bunkers
2 x 25,000mt bunkers
2 x 1,350mt over rail cells
Total storage capacity 130,000mt
Fully integrated conveyor system linking bunkers to rail outload cells
40,000mt bunker storages equipped with 1x 500 tonne per hour elevator
25,000mt bunker storages equipped with 500 tonne per hour drive over hopper
Double sided sampling platform
Weighbridge capacity 160 tonnes capable of weighing a full road train in a single weigh
Fully integrated receival data capture at sample platform and weighbridge
Over rail cells on rail siding
On Farm Pickup Service
Grower receivals of up to 8,000mt per day
Elevating capacity 1,000mt per hour
Grower truck turnaround time of 30 minutes
Bunker outloading capability of 4,000mt per day
Train loading capability of 2,700mt in 2 hours
Road outloading - over 1,000mt an hour
Grower receivals seven days per week during harvest
Operating hours 7.00am to 11.00pm during normal harvest (24 hours if required)
For more information contact:
Peter Mc Bride, AWB Limited, on (03) 9209 2174 or 0417 662 451