As part of its growth strategy, London’s Port of Tilbury has completed a major storage expansion of its grain terminal.
The port said that a “significant investment” in a new flat store has increased the terminal’s capacity by an additional 16,000t of wheat.
Celebrating its 50th year of operation in June this year, the grain terminal is one of the UK’s largest. The facility handles over 1.4 Mtpa of combinable crops for both for the export and UK markets.
The terminal now has a storage capacity of 136,000t to support customers including Frontier and Millford Grain, which have made long-term commitments to store their grains at t he terminal.
The new flat storage facility covers an area of 36m x 66m and stands 6m high. Built adjacent to existing grain terminal infrastructure, it utilises the terminal’s mill gallery conveyor system, with overhead conveyors feeding the new storage unit automatically at an in-load capacity of 500 tph.
Peter Ward, commercial director at the Port of Tilbury, said that over 35 Mt of product had been handled at the terminal over the past 50 years, “and we hope to continue to play a significant part in the sector in the next half century”
He added: “Our flexibility, capacity and quality accreditations – including AIB, TASCC and Organic Certified – allow us to deal with any changing trade patterns.”
Alistair Groves of Millford Grain commented: “The addition of this new flat store facility considerably helps Millford Grain as a business, and our customer’s requirements. It also underlines the port’s commitment to long-term investment for our sector.”
A key strategic facility in the southeast of the UK, the Tilbury grain terminal has over 200 silos, ranging in capacities from 60t to over 2,000t, supporting the flour and ingredients market for the region.
The terminal also operates a monthly coastal shipping service from Tilbury to its sister port at Kirkcaldy in Scotland for Carr’s Milling.