Monday 10th Aug, 2020

Lucky Bay export grain terminal now operational

A new export grain terminal at Lucky Bay in South Australia is now fully-operational, providing local grain farmers with a much-needed alternate storage and export option for the region.

A new export grain terminal at Lucky Bay in South Australia is now fully-operational, providing local grain farmers with a much-needed alternate storage and export option for the region.

Ahrens were engaged to design and construct a grain storage and material handling facility as part of the $130 million dollar Lucky Bay project, with construction completed over a seven month period.

The project combined Ahrens’ diverse in-house capabilities including design, complete project management, silo manufacturing, structural steel manufacturing, site erection, and material handling equipment.

Ahrens scope of works included the design and installation of electrical and control systems, material handling systems and the supply and erection of three gas-lock sealed 8300 tonne flat bottom silos.

The silos are fed by a 1000 tonne per hour infill system with two road intake hoppers housed within a specifically designed road intake building.

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The grain outloading system has a 1500 tonne per hour capacity, incorporating belt conveyors, bucket elevator, bulk weigher, and telescoping vessel loading chute.

Additionally, the outloading belt conveyors include belt weighers to provide the additional operational control to optimise efficiency.

The road receival system was also designed to enable two trucks to discharge simultaneously at 500 tonne per hour in all weather conditions.

The design includes a fixed conveyor with gantry cantilevering out over the water to discharge directly into T-Ports’ owned and operated Transhipment Vessel, Lucky Eyre.

The design also includes a telescoping chute with deflector, allowing sufficient clearance and flexibility to accommodate the significant variations in vessel draft, tidal fluctuations and adverse weather conditions.

The Lucky Bay Port, incorporating the Ahrens-built handling facility, has undergone several tests and checks and is now commissioned for T-Ports’, to transfer grain from the port to load on to deep water ocean-going vessels.

Ahrens delivered the project on-time and on-budget to achieve great results for much-valued client, T-Ports.

Take a tour of the facility, visit www.ahrens.com.au/news/article/lucky-bay-export-grain-terminal-in-full-swing