T-Ports has stated that the Lucky Bay project remains on track to open for grower receivals later this year.
Lucky Bay bunker site
Construction at both the Lucky Bay and Lock bunker sites is nearly complete, with bunker walls at Lucky Bay more than 85% complete.
The installation of portable building on the sites including toilets, supervisors’ office and smoko rooms finished about a week ago. Ausco Modular provided help with the installation.
In coming weeks, T-Ports will be working to finalise some small infrastructure installation, such as steps/ramps to buildings, as well as traffic management delineation.
Lock receives first grain in commissioning
The Lock bunker site begun the first stage of its commissioning ahead of opening for harvest, with the receival of the first loads of grain in early April. The grain was purchased by ADM during the 2018–19 season and stored on-farm in anticipation of delivery into T-Ports.
Lock farmer and T-Ports director Andrew Polkinghorne delivered the first load on 1 April. “To finally have an alternative supply chain option on the Eyre Peninsula is great news for growers who will benefit from the competition in the supply chain and will have some choice in how they manage their grain logistics,” he said.
The Lock and Lucky Bay bunkers will provide a combined 500 000 t of storage capacity.
Contractors Keller (ground improvement) and Buttrose Earthmovers (earthworks) are progressing construction of the Lucky Bay port in time for October receivals. Heavy machinery is at work for the remediation and ground improvement scopes at the site, while dredging has also commenced.
We are on track to be open and ready for grain deliveries in October this year and look forward to a long and productive relationship with growers on the Eyre Peninsula.
Wallaroo port development
T-Ports has announced it will expand to the Yorke Peninsula with a port development located at Wallaroo. Planning for the second port in the company’s network has been underway for several years.
It has included significant scoping studies of the coastal environment, shoreine, inland freight networks and economic feasibility to ensure the port’s long-term sustainability.
The initial design is finalised and planning negotiations are underway with section 49 (Crown Development) approval required for the project now at an advanced stage, with support from the Copper Coast Council and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
T-Ports is looking forward to being able to offer growers in the Yorke Peninsula and Mid North regions an alternative supply chain.
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