New port support

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula chief executive officer Dion Dorward with Adam Chilcott from Emerald Grain at Cape Hardy.
Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula chief executive officer Dion Dorward with Adam Chilcott from Emerald Grain at Cape Hardy.

EMERALD Grain has been announced as the previously unnamed grain handler working with Iron Road to develop a new grain distribution and supply chain network using Iron Road’s planned rail and port facilities at Cape Hardy.

Iron Road’s proposed Central Eyre Iron Project at Warramboo requires a range of associated infrastructure including a rail link and a deep sea port at Cape Hardy on Eyre Peninsula’s east coast.

Iron Road announced in February 2014 it had signed a memorandum of understanding with a significant grain handler for use of Central Eyre Iron Project infrastructure, including the port.

Emerald and Iron Road have been in negotiations for the past three years and have now decided to go public, with representatives from both companies visiting the proposed site at Cape Hardy yesterday.

Emerald managing director John Murray said he hoped it would introduce competition for SA grain growers and provide an efficient channel from farm to export destinations.

“Once developed, Cape Hardy will be a cape-size port, the only one of its kind in South Australia, which will unlock value and options that are currently unavailable to local growers,” Mr Murray said.

“Importantly, Cape Hardy is not just another grain export facility, it represents another port operator and an alternative supply chain for the benefit of Eyre Peninsula growers.”

Read more about the public response to Iron Road’s Central Eyre Iron Project on page 6.