ALBANY port zone growers could be hit with another harvest of delays as the long-awaited Down Road site is yet to be signed off.
In late 2014, growers were subjected to reduced operational hours and grain receivals at certain sites as the port site was nearing capacity and awaiting ship arrivals.
CBH Albany zone manager Greg Thornton said despite expectations to be up and running for receivals this year, delays in final conditions of approval would push back the opening date to the 2016-17 harvest.
The $26.9 million new grain receival site, which is expected to take the pressure off the Albany port with extra storage for grower deliveries during peak periods, still requires Main Roads approval for acceleration lane construction on Albany Highway.
However, CBH is still completing its application and design documentation.
"The design is being done for that and as part of that there will have to be an environmental survey as there will be some clearing," Mr Thornton said.
"We've made some design changes to our buildings on the site, so before we can submit a building permit we need to finalise those construction drawings."
Albany council referred the application for the 14 hectare Down Road project, located 17 kilometres north of the port, to the Great Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel late last year.
The panel gave project planning approval in November but endorsed conditions from the council for CBH to design and pay half the cost of a southbound track acceleration lane.
Approval on this condition was originally expected to be received in late February but is now expected for construction to start in May.
Mr Thornton said the delay in the opening of the Down Road site would require vigilant planning of the shipping schedule later this year.
"We will operate very similar to the past few years and we will do a lot of work toward ensuring we have the right harvest shipping schedule to avoid any delays," he said.
"It would've been ideal to have the second site ready this year, but it's better that we do everything right and have it going for the year after."
Steel work for the new bin is being fabricated and will be finished by June.
The project proposal includes 80,000 tonnes of grain storage, a 50,000t open bulkhead, raised sampling shed, weighbridge, two unloading pits, a wash-down pad, lunch room, ablutions block, storage shed and a sealed marshalling area for up to 56 medium-combination trucks.