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T-Ports marks start of construction at Lucky Bay

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Today, an official sod turning event at the T-Ports Lucky Bay bunker site marked the start of a new era in grain handling and exports on the Eyre Peninsula (South Australia).

While the ceremony signalled the official start of the project, planning had reportedly been underway for several years with growers, investors and the Eyre Peninsula community to receive equal benefit from the project.

“We have been meeting with growers on the Eyre Peninsula over the past week and the enthusiasm and excitement for a real, tangible alternative grain supply chain in which they have equity is obvious,” said T-Ports CEO, Kieran Carvill.

“We know growers have been promised many things over many years but turning the sod today and having earthmoving equipment already at the site demonstrate this project is here to stay and we see a long and beneficial partnership with EP communities.”

“We believe it will create a new way of business for EP growers where, rather than the harvest rush to get grain into the bulk handling system, they may consider investment in on-farm storage to return benefits in cheaper delivery direct to port in the post-harvest period.”

The AUS$115 million project comprises the Lucky Bay port facility, a state-of-the-art shallow draft transshipment vessel with a 3500 t capacity, grain storage facilities at the port with a capacity of 27 000 t, bunkers at Lucky Bay with 360 000 t of storage and up-country storage at Lock with a 150 000 t capacity.

The construction phase at the bunker sites has begun in recent week and mobilisation of construction at the port is scheduled for mid-July.

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