Saturday 23rd Oct, 2021

Ahrens provide stand-out grain storage expansion for Blue Lake Milling

Ahrens’ design and construction experience, combined with its Australian-made products, saw it engaged to deliver a further expansion to an existing client’s grain storage facility at Bordertown in South Australia.

Ahrens’ design and construction experience, combined with its Australian-made products, saw it engaged to deliver a further expansion to an existing client’s grain storage facility at Bordertown in South Australia.

The project was completed for Blue Lake Milling, a manufacturer of oat products who form a part of Cooperative Bulk Handling Limited (CBH Group), Australia’s largest exporter of grain with over 90 years of experience.

With construction being completed over a three week period, the project combined Ahrens’ diverse in-house capabilities including design, complete project management, silo manufacturing and site erection.

In the market to increase its on-site storage capacity and provide greater product control, Blue Lake Milling chose Ahrens to provide two model FB15-11 flat bottom silos, while working through design detail to tie into the existing grain storage, handling and pavement levels of its site.

The flat bottom silos manufactured, supplied and constructed by Ahrens are engineered to Australian standards and conditions for rural, commercial and industrial applications. Due to Blue Lake Milling’s commercial nature, requirement to have a professional yet cost effective solution, and need to ensure sealing for the effective long term management of its stored grain, Ahrens were the ideal choice due to its years of experience in sealing silos and provision of a five year warranty on its flat bottom silos that exceeds the sealing requirements of AS2528-2010.

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The investment by Ahrens in local manufacturing also meant they could deliver the product with a shorter lead time, something that has greatly enhanced Ahrens’ competitiveness with overseas contenders. With its flat bottom silos ranging from 800 to 8,500 tonnes, Ahrens continues to refine and improve its design to ensure a robust, cost-effective grain storage solution for its clients.

Being involved early in the design phase meant Ahrens were able to finalise more details up front and coordinate works efficiently. This enabled Ahrens to ensure the silos were sized and located to enable immediate use and functionality, while allowing for further developments in the future.

The most vertically integrated construction company in Australia, Ahrens were the ideal choice for this project as its Rural team and Design and Construction teams were able to work together to provide a complete range of in-house project services and cost-effective solutions, which was the competitive advantage that was key in the delivery of this project.

The team adhered to a compressed timeframe that required them to adapt to schedule and work alongside the client to ensure the project timelines were achieved.

The complete project delivery will enable the client to efficiently segregate the storage of organic oats from the other products being milled at the facility and enable them to have a supplementary product flow path to the mill.

Ahrens own a vast fleet of plant and equipment, including mobile cranes from 15 tonnes to 200 tonnes, welders, generators, elevated work platforms and more than 1,000 site vehicles. An enormous advantage to its clients is the ability to access and deploy multi-skilled site crews to work anywhere in Australia.

Find out more about Ahrens’ extensive experience in delivering projects for the bulk handling sector, visit www.ahrens.com.au/bh