Photo courtesy of Viterra.
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 toPort 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 withgrain 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.