Bunge on track building up-country bins

31 Jul, 2015 01:00 AM
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Work is now underway at both the Kukerin (pictured) and Arthur River Bunge grain receival points and work is expected to finish in time for harvest.
Work is now underway at both the Kukerin (pictured) and Arthur River Bunge grain receival points and work is expected to finish in time for harvest.

BUNGE is on track to receive grain at its new storage sites in the Wheatbelt this harvest, with earthworks underway at its second up-country site near Arthur River.

Construction is still a few weeks behind the Kukerin site, where work began in early June, but Bunge expects to have both sites ready to receive grain for harvest.

Bunge Australia general manager Chris Aucote said grower interest had been sparked in delivering to the two new sites this season, with contracts already being taken.

The Kukerin and Arthur River facilities will add a new element to the Bunge supply chain that has consisted of direct deliveries to Bunbury Port, with many growers storing grain on farm until ready to deliver.

"We know that not all growers have the capacity to deliver to Bunbury or aren't able to store grain on farm and these sites will cater to these needs," Mr Aucote said.

The locations of the two sites would appeal to growers east and north of Arthur River and Kukerin, with the roads along the route suitable for larger truck configurations making the sites attractive waypoints, Mr Aucote said.

The Arthur River facility is located on two lots owned by Oakover Farm, 1.2 kilometres west of the Albany Highway.

The property is divided by an unconstructed road which is expected to be sealed and connected to the highway.

Main Roads WA is considering options for the Albany Highway connection because of poor visibility at existing intersections and the expectation of increased truck traffic.

The options include a roundabout north of the town roadhouse with a realignment of Arthur River Road and Coalfields Road or an elevated roundabout located between the two intersections and road realignments to remove existing t-intersections.

Once completed the Arthur River site will have a 160,000 tonne capacity, with an option to grow to about 250,000t as demand increases.

It will have four storage bunker pads, a weighbridge, sampling platform with classification hut, administration office with amenities and a tarpaulin shed.

The Kukerin bunker will start with a 120,000t capacity which could expand to about 250,000t.

It is located on the Dumbleyung-Lake Grace Road and will have a transportable site office, grain sampling and classification building, a 40-metre long weighbridge and associated hut and four new open style grain storage bunkers.

Since it began receiving grain in WA, Bunge has loaded about seven shipments of wheat and barley totalling about 250,000t from its Bunbury Port site.

Mr Aucote said he expected grain received in 2015-16 to increase on the 2014-15 season as growers were attracted to receival options close to the farm.

He said the long-term selling point of providing the Bunbury delivery point and encouraging growers to get the most out of their freight by backloading farm inputs remains a feature for Bunge.

However, he ruled out rumours Bunge was partnering with preferred farm input providers such as lime suppliers to create cost incentives.

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