Agribusiness & Food

CBH opens new fertiliser storage facility

The CBH Group has opened a new 20,000 tonne fertiliser storage facility in Esperance, Western Australia.

The CBH Group has opened a new 20,000 tonne fertiliser storage facility in Esperance, Western Australia.

Located 3.5 kilometres north-west of the Esperance Port on Flinders Circuit in Chadwick, the facility is owned by Qube and operated by CBH Fertiliser.

The warehouse is designed for fertiliser storage, blending and loading of trucks with a full range of granular phosphates, nitrogen, potash and sulphur products.

The move to open the facility follows a 47 per cent increase in sales last year.

CBH Chair Simon Stead said the milestone is an exciting step towards delivering significant benefits to Western Australian grain growers.

“As a core function of the co-operative, CBH Fertiliser is committed to delivering on the strategy of reducing grower’s on-farm input costs and improving the consistency of fertiliser supply in Western Australia,” Stead said.

“The opening of our new Esperance facility will enable us to bring surety of supply to Esperance growers and bring further competitiveness to the market.”

CBH Fertiliser has installed Yargus blending equipment to allow for accurate and high-capacity blending of multiple products plus specialties such as liquid copper, zinc and fungicides.

Designed with segregations inside, the facility includes a drive-through, under cover area for trucks, a CBH owned and operated front-end loader and a weighbridge to allow for greater control of costs and efficiencies at the site.

Head of Fertiliser David Pritchard said that CBH is aiming to fill a gap in the market.

“Given the remoteness of the Esperance Port Zone, we believe there is a gap in the market from a supply and pricing perspective,” Pritchard said.

“We have also seen demand for fertiliser, particularly nitrogen, grow exponentially in recent years, with the existing market struggling to keep pace during key times.”

“Growers in the Esperance area have continued to support CBH from a marketing, storage and handling point of view so we are looking forward to working with growers and bringing further competitiveness to the fertiliser market.”

“We hope to execute 25,000 tonnes at the site this year, which will enable us to get the process right and get growers comfortable with new competition.”

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