IN a bid to support the transition to road transport and meet shipping demand from export customers, Viterra has invested $6 million in infrastructure at its Port Lincoln grain receival site.
The new infrastructure was unveiled today, with Viterra hosting local growers to show them changes to the site and familiarise them with the new traffic management flow.
The major upgrade includes the conversion of three sheds to unload trucks, electrical upgrade works and construction of roadworks for a new class of high productivity vehicles.
Viterra western region operations manager Nick Pratt says the Port Lincoln site balances being a local delivery site for growers with being a key export terminal in SA for multiple exporters shipping a range of commodities.
"We can efficiently load vessels larger than panamax vessels in under three days with loading rates of up to 3000 tonnes per hour, which provides significant value for the industry," he said.
"We have strong demand for shipping out of Port Lincoln in the coming months with bookings from multiple exporters bound for different export markets.
"Port Lincoln is also a key site for Eyre Peninsula growers to deliver into and the new infrastructure will improve efficiency and help growers deliver more quickly at the site given there is more unloading points and a larger area to operate in.
"The $6 million we've invested in this project forms part of our $15m capital investment at the Port Lincoln site over the past three years, and we plan to inject an additional $3.8m in 2020."
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Mr Pratt says it's been a significant project for the business which has utilised as many SA contractors as possible.
"We have a long term commitment to providing grain storage and handling services to EP growers including the Port Lincoln terminal and will continue to focus on investing in areas that give our customers the greatest value," he said.
"Investments at Viterra's upcountry sites have also formed an important part of the smooth transition to road transport.
"Our Cummins and Lock sites underwent roadwork upgrades for trucks to safely and efficiently outturn.
"We've built an additional 50,000 tonnes of storage at Cummins, and also installed extra equipment at the site as well as at Rudall, to efficiently load grain from silos to trucks.
"This harvest, we've created efficiencies that we've been able to pass back to growers and made investments in the supply chain for the benefit of growers including reducing freight rates, dynamic binning for barley and the new Viterra app."
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