Viterra working on transition

Viterra has started working on infrastructure at its Port Lincoln terminal to facilitate the transition to road transport.

Western region operations manager Nick Pratt said Viterra made significant ongoing investments in its supply chain and this year some of those investments would involve the transition to to road transport for the movement of all grain on Eyre Peninsula.

Mr Pratt said work to convert three rail sheds at Port Lincoln for road discharge was already underway.

"We have commenced roadworks and storm water management for the road discharge areas around one rail shed and the remaining two will start in the coming weeks," he said.

He said all of the work was progressing well and were on track for completion by the start of harvest to ensure that grain could be delivered to Port Lincoln by local growers as well as moved from upcountry sites to meet shipping requirements.

Viterra has also recently completed a project on four steel bins at Port Lincoln to remove existing paint, conduct repairs and recoat to ensure the long term sustainability of the storage.

Mr Pratt said it was also making investments at upcountry sites on Eyre Peninsula, including building an additional 50,000 tonnes of storage capacity at Cummins.

"Additional storage gives us greater flexibility to accumulate grain at port to meet shipping requirements rather than needing to overflow grain from upcountry sites," he said.

"We are undertaking roadworks to accommodate truck outloading and vehicle movements at upcountry sites including Cummins, Edillilie, Kimba, Darke Peak, Rudall, Wudinna and Lock."

Mr Pratt said Viterra had a long term commitment to providing storage and handling services to Eyre Peninsula growers and would continue to invest in its supply chain to maintain Port Lincoln as a key export terminal for South Australian grain.