AWB GrainFlow has opened the doors to three brand new grain centres, unveiling a multi-million dollar investment in the Queensland and New South Wales grain supply chain.
The new GrainFlow centres at Talwood and The Gums in Queensland and Grong Grong in NSW were officially opened this week, with growers and the public able to have a first hand look at the state-of-the-art facilities before they commence operations for harvest.
AWB Managing Director, Andrew Lindberg, said with fast intake and outloading capability, the infrastructure is expected to significantly reduce supply chain costs for grain growers in those regions.
“Once up and running the centres will offer growers a number of benefits, with fast turnaround times for grain deliveries, and rapid rail outloading facilities, which will reduce the costs in getting grain from paddock to port,” Mr Lindberg said.
“The AWB GrainFlow sites have been designed to ensure growers will receive substantial benefits from delivering to the grain centre, and we are expecting to offer savings of at least $2 - $3 per tonne on the combined up country storage and handling fee and the rail deduction to port.
“We have demonstrated with our existing sites that these facilities injected much-needed competition into the surrounding region, and drove down costs for those growers,” Mr Lindberg said.
The GrainFlow centres were opened before hundreds of local growers, with Queensland Minister for Primary Industries, Henry Palaszczuk, cutting the ribbon at the Talwood opening ceremony, while AWB Chairman and Queensland grower Brendan Stewart opened The Gums. Local mayor of the Narrandera shire council, Des Edward, opened GrainFlow’s Grong Grong facility.
The three new GrainFlow centres will have a total site storage capacity of about 130,000 tonnes and be able to receive 8000 tonnes of grain daily. Their fast out loading ability, with two 1350 tonne over-rail bins, will be capable of loading a 2500 tonne train in less than 2.5 hours.
The centres will 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 GrainFlow sites will operate on extended hours during the peak harvest period, open from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.