CBH is hoping plans for its $26.9 million new grain receival site will be given "a final tick" at the City of Albany council meeting on February 24.
CBH Albany zone manager Greg Thornton said work could then start almost immediately on the 14-hectare site off Down Road, 17 kilometres north of CBH's existing combined receivals and export facility at Albany port.
The council referred the project, proposed to incorporate 80,000 tonnes of sealed 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 sealed marshalling area for up to 35 medium-combination trucks, to the Great Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel (GSJDAP).
The GSJDAP gave the project planning approval on November 21 last year and endorsed a council-imposed condition that CBH have engineers design a southbound truck acceleration lane beside Albany Highway from Down Road.
The condition requires CBH to obtain Main Roads approval for the design and to agree to pay half of the construction cost of the acceleration lane - proposed to allow trucks transferring grain from the receival site to port to get up to speed before merging safely with highway traffic.
The Albany Highway and Down Road intersection already has turning lanes and a north-bound truck acceleration lane because a woodchip mill, sandalwood factory and fertiliser processing plant are located in Down Road.
Mr Thornton said engineering plans for the acceleration lane were being drawn up and CBH hoped to have Main Roads approval in time to submit to the February council meeting.
"We've got the approval from the panel, we just need Main Roads approval for the (acceleration lane) plans and then we hope we can get a final tick from the council at the next meeting," Mr Thornton said.
"Hopefully by March we will be able to turn a sod and say we've started."
Mr Thornton said although "timelines will be tight", CBH planned to have the new receival site operating in time for this year's harvest.
"It is an 18-month build, we plan to have it operating in part this harvest and completed for the next harvest.
"We will have weight, sample and bulkhead in place for this harvest, but we won't have the sealed storage (four 20,000-tonne silos) built," he said.
Mr Thornton said the new receival site would relieve a capacity bottleneck at the existing port terminal where grain receival from farmers sometimes conflicted with the accumulation of grain for shipping.
The new receival site would provide "a couple of ships' worth" of extra storage capacity and enable it to be trucked to port when required.
"It would also free up capacity at the port to enable more ships to be scheduled," he said.
"In the south and west, the area of land given over to cropping has increased in the last four to five years and we have seen increased demand for delivery to Albany."
"There has also been increased demand for direct-to-port delivery.
"The new receival site will enable us to meet that increased demand."