New South Australian grain port and transhipment operation T Ports is preparing for its start-up next month, with construction of storage bunkers all but complete, and its new feeder vessel (pictured) now undergoing outfitting with self-discharging gear in China.
In August, Kieran Carvill, CEO of T Ports, reported bunker sites were close to being ready for harvest deliveries, with only a few minor tasks still outstanding, and would be open by October.
“Construction is complete and now we are awaiting connection to mains power with SA Power Networks, with final IT systems to then be installed in the coming weeks,” said Carvill. “All infrastructure and equipment has been purchased, including DOH [drive over hopper] stackers, weighbridge technology, and sampling probes.”
T Ports’ two bunker sites have a combined storage capacity of 500,000t, comprising 360,000t in 10 bunkers at Lucky Bay and 140,000t in six bunkers at Lock.
Construction at the Lucky Bay port site is well underway. Contractor Ballestrin is currently on-site pouring concrete for silo foundations. The major silo tunnel floor and walls have been poured, and work is currently focussed on the preparation for the pours of the three silo slabs.
Earthworks contractor Buttrose has commenced the wharf-side filling works, in conjunction with placing and compacting the top layer of the road loop around the port. The haul road joining the bunker site to the port site has been completed along with the reconstruction of the acoustic mound.
“Next month, Ahrens will move onto site to construct the silos,” said Carvill. “There will be three 8,000t silos and a road intake building built at Lucky Bay port. Kilic Engineering will be supplying equipment including bucket elevators and conveyor systems for the in-load/out-load of grain.”
The Lucky Bay port site will be able to receive grain at a rate of 1,000 tph, while outturn onto the transhipment vessel (TSV) is expected to be around 1,500 tph. The port will be completed by December and ready for shipping by January/February.
In Shanghai, installation of the materials handling systems by ZPMC and CCCC on the TSV LUCKY EYRE is well advanced. The equipment includes grain scrapers, bucket elevators, boom for loading the oceangoing vessel, gantries and electrical systems. Early commissioning of the TSV is taking place during August, with the ship due to arrive in Australia before harvest.