Sunday 29th Mar, 2020

CBH hands out contracts for $200M infrastructure upgrade

Grain. Photo: Shutterstock.
Photo: Shutterstock.

The CBH Group has awarded the first round of contracts for its $200 million 2020 network infrastructure upgrade projects.

Works are already underway at Moora, where the Georgiou Group will begin to expand the site’s storage capacity by 132,000 tonnes of permanent storage through open bulkheads and an upgrade to the marshalling area.

WCP Civil won the storage expansion contract at Konnongorring and Watheroo. Site storage at Konnongorring will be expanded by 84,000 tonnes through open bulk heads while permanent storage capacity at Watheroo will be expanded by nearly 70,000 tonnes via open bulkheads. Both sites will have new conveyor loading systems installed.

CBH Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Wilson said the awarded contracts were part of the 2020 network expenditure that is expected to be in excess of $200 million.

“We are continuing to progress our network capital and maintenance projects for the benefit of all our growers,” Wilson said.

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“Our growers operate in an increasingly competitive market, so these projects are about keeping fees competitive, increasing throughput capacity and efficiency and moving more tonnes to port at the right time.

“We’re pleased that we’re able to continue working with two Western Australian contractors, who are familiar with what the co-operative and our growers require for the busy harvest season and throughout the year when grain is transported to the port terminals.

CBH General Manager Operations Ben Macnamara said while work had commenced on the first of the network projects this year, planning was already underway for projects in 2021 and beyond.

“While work continues on enhancing the network so we can receive grain faster from growers, we are also investigating ways to improve our capability of moving grain more efficiently from upcountry sites to our ports and onto ships for customers,” Macnamara said.

“By refining and strengthening both our inloading and outloading capabilities, we’re further enabling our supply chain so that it can meet export demand at the right time to capture value for our growers’ grain.”