Sunday 28th Feb, 2021

CBH makes largest annual investment into infrastructure network

Upgrade works have begun to improve safety and efficiency for a key freight supply chain as part of the $87.5 million Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network road upgrade program.

The CBH Group has made its largest ever annual investment into its infrastructure network, with around $240 million spent to enhance the supply chain’s efficiency.

Around one million tonnes of new permanent storage were added to the network in the 12 months to the end of September 2019.

CBH has also installed throughput enhancement projects at 36 receival sites and set up 16 new weighbridges, with a goal of keeping network fees competitive, increasing throughput capacity and meet export demand at the right time to capture value for growers’ grain.

CBH General Manager Project Delivery Pieter Vermeulen said the works completed this year built on the accelerated pace of delivery of network projects in recent years.

“Since 2018, we have added more than 1.7 million tonnes of permanent storage and delivered more than 45 throughput enhancement projects that enables CBH to receive grain faster, meaning reduced waiting times at site during harvest,” Vermeulen said.

“We have worked closely with the contractors to ensure the builds are delivered safely and to the highest quality for the benefit of growers.”

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CBH General Manager Operations Ben Macnamara said the ongoing investment in the network would provide growers with an improved and more efficient network.

“By adding storage to the network and improving our capabilities in inloading grain we are steadily working towards meeting the increased pace at which growers are delivering at harvest time,” Macnamara said.

The last of CBH Group’s permanent storage expansion projects for harvest have been completed, with the largest tripling the size of the McLevie receival site and adding 236,000 tonnes of new storage. This was achieved by building six new open bulkheads and two new fixed conveyor loading systems with a capacity to receive 500 tonnes per hour.

The group’s Broomehill site also saw an additional 77,400 tonnes of storage added thanks to two open bulk heads, two drive over grids and an exit weighbridge.

In addition, CBH’s Cranbrook site saw a storage increase of 152,000 tonnes, as well as its Wickepin site, which had an additional 106,000 tonnes added.

More than 36 grain receival sites have improved the throughput speeds with additional equipment such as grain inloading machinery to open bulkheads, elevators, weighbridges, augers and stackers.

CBH has also set up 16 new permanent 36-metre weighbridges to cut down on the weighing of individual axles and ensure accuracy.