Port of Lincoln
The Port Lincoln sits on the Southern edge of the Eyre Peninsula about 682 kilometers from Adelaide.
Photo courtesy of Viterra.
 
EYRE PENINSULA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA – Viterra will continue to utilize the rail network to move grain on the Eyre Peninsula for an additional 12 months after extending its rail agreement with Genesee & Wyoming Australia until March 2019.

Jonathan Wilson, manager, logistics and commercial relations, said the current three-year agreement was due to expire in 2018 but the two companies had worked together on an extension.

“This allows more time for government and industry stakeholders to examine the long-term future of the rail network,” Wilson said.

Currently, the two rail lines service 15 storage and handling sites to transfer grain to Port Lincoln for shipping.

“Our focus is on offering Eyre Peninsula growers the most efficient and cost-effective supply chain in moving grain from upcountry to port,” Wilson said. “We are the only customer using this rail network. We work very closely with G&WA and will continue to support discussions between stakeholders to determine the best logistics solution for the future.”

More than 725,000 tonnes of grain has been moved on the Eyre Peninsula rail lines since Oct. 1.

Recently, Viterra Australia’s Port Lincoln terminal reached 2 million tonnes of grain shipping in its busiest October to July period in five years. This achievement, coupled with grain shipped from Thevenard, has helped the Eyre Peninsula set a new record for total grain exports.

More than 2.63 million tonnes of grain has been shipped from the region in 2016-17.