WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — The CBH Group is increasing storage with three new grain storage expansion projects at the Brookton, Dale and Hyden receival sites.

The project contracts were awarded to Western Australia businesses, with Georgiou Group given the Hyden contract and Valmec awarded the expansion component of the Brookton work. WCP Civil will work on the Dale program of works.

Pieter Vermeulen, chief project delivery officer of CBH, said he was pleased to award contracts to Western Australia businesses.

“The contracts each include a program of work that involve installing key infrastructure such as weighbridges, sample huts, electrical work, upgrades to existing equipment and optimizing traffic flow,” Vermeulen said. “This work aims to improve how quickly we can receive deliveries plus meet the demands at harvest as the pace and size of the crop increases.”

A total of 136,000 tonnes of permanent storage will be added to the Hyden site as well as four open bulkheads, fixed inloading equipment, relocation of the sample hut to expand the marshalling area for larger trucks and a new weighbridge.

The Brookton expansion project will add 127,000 tonnes of permanent storage. It also includes the construction of four new open bulkheads that will have a combined storage capacity of 114,000 tonnes, the installation of inloading equipment to service the OBHs and connection to the main power grid. The wall heights of three existing OBH will be increased from 1.2 meters to 1.8 meters to add a further 13,000 tonnes of storage.

Upgrades of the Dale receival site entails the installation of a 36-meter weighbridge and sample hut, increase the length of an existing open bulkhead and increase the wall height to 1.8 meters to add further permanent storage at the site.

Construction already has begun at Brookton and Hyden. Work will start at Dale in early April.

The projects are expected to be completed before harvest.