AWB to add new grain storage, handling capacity in NSW and Victoria

by Emily Wilson
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AWB Limited recently announced plans to invest A$40 million (U.S.$19.7 million) to build new grain storage and handling sites in New South Wales and Victoria that will add a total of 860,000 tonnes of permanent and temporary storage to AWB's system capacity.

Andrew Lindberg, AWB chief executive officer, said the goal of the additional grain storage and handling sites was to "drive down grain growers' supply chain costs."

The new sites at Bogan Gate, Stock-inbingal and West Wyalong in New South Wales and Birchip, Charlton and Sea Lake in Victoria will add a total of 560,000 tonnes of permanent storage space and 300,000 tonnes of temporary space.

"The new storage facilities will deliver improved services and greater efficiencies to growers," Lindberg noted. "Growers can expect savings of at least A$4 per tonne on the combined up-country storage and handling fee and the rail deduction to port."

The new facilities will use the latest technology, and each site will have the capacity to receive an average of 5,000 tonnes of grain per day. All sites will have rapid rail loading capability with two 1,350-tonne over-rail bins capable of loading a 2,200-tonne train in less than two and a half hours.