T-Ports plans to begin construction of a grain export facility at Wallaroo this month, a development that, once completed, is expected to lower transport costs for Yorke Peninsula (YP) farmers.
The company was responsible for building South Australia’s first farmer and private equity owned port at Lucky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula (EP) and is looking to replicate the benefits for YP farmers.
According to T-Ports CEO, Kieran Carvill, the Wallaroo facility will be ready to receive grain from next year’s harvest.
“The port at Wallaroo is the logical next step in the T-Ports journey, following the successful first harvest and export season at Lucky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula,” said Carvill.
“EP growers have seen freight savings of up to $19 per tonne, depending on their location, along with an increase in grain prices across the board.”
Carvill said T-Ports was looking forward to offering competition for growers in the YP and Mid North regions and delivering significant supply chain savings.
He said planning for the new facility had included significant scoping studies of the coastal environment, shoreline, inland freight networks and economic feasibility to ensure the port’s long-term sustainability.
“There are efficiencies and cost savings in building this port on the opposite side of the Spencer Gulf to Lucky Bay, as we will use the same transhipment vessel, the MV Lucky Eyre,” he said. “SA grain growers are the first to benefit from our innovative transhipment technology and positioning port infrastructure close to a product’s origin.”
The development is expected to deliver up to 200 jobs during the construction phase over the next 12 to 18 months and a further 60 ongoing jobs.
It will feature steel silos with 20,500 tonnes of grain capacity and a 500m rock causeway with grain conveyed to a ship loader for loading onto the transhipment vessel.
T-Ports also owns land nearby where six bunkers will be built with a combined grain capacity of 240,000 tonnes