Saturday 23rd Mar, 2019

WA grain infrastructure undergoes $16M upgrade

Grain. Photo: Shutterstock
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Grain storage infrastructure has been upgraded in the Esperance Zone, Western Australia, following a network investment of $16 million.

WA co-operative CBH Group has unveiled 80,000 tonnes of new storage at its Chadwick receival site near Esperance.

The upgrade includes four closed circular cells, bringing the total capacity of the site to 655,000 tonnes for the 2019-20 harvest, making it one of CBH’s largest receival sites.

Throughput enhancements including elevators and inloading conveyors have also been installed as part of the upgrade.

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The upgrade is part of CBH’s investment in its core network of 100 sites that receive more than 95 per cent of the annual crop.

Chadwick was identified as one of CBH’s core 100 sites as grain production in the Esperance region grows.

The five-year rolling average of receivals within the Esperance Zone has risen by around one million tonnes over the past decade, moving from 1.62 million tonnes in 2005-2009 to 2.54 million tonnes in 2015-19. This translates to a compounded annual growth rate of 4.5 per cent.

During the 2018-19 harvest, 2.4 million tonnes were received at CBH sites within the zone.