Major building work is under way at the UK’s largest grain terminal at the Port of Tilbury following a fire last year that damaged its grain silos.
The fire at the grain terminal in July 2020 damaged the silo tower and some other equipment. Investigations are still continuing into the cause of this fire, in which nobody was injured.
Demolition of the damaged concrete silos is now under way and, at the same time, phase one construction of metal silos is under way, with the first three new silos having been constructed.
Both phase one and phase two will see the reconstruction of the concrete silos with new silos, which will come online in stages. Phase one is expected to return 20,000t of capacity in early 2022 and the remaining 34,000t of storage will be restored in 2023. The port authority said these will all be constructed to the highest health and safety standards and will be industry leading.
Peter Ward, commercial director at the Port of Tilbury said: “The grain terminal is a vital asset at the Port of Tilbury and plays a major role in supplying businesses with the grain needed to support their brands.
“Following the fire last summer, we worked hard to ensure there was limited interruption to customer service and now with the new silos being constructed, we can be confident that the new facility will set the highest industry standards for silo construction.
“In the meantime, we want to extend our thanks to our customer base for the loyalty and support they have shown us through what has been a difficult period.”
During these works there is expected to be no interruption to customer service, as the terminal will remain fully open for imports and exports. Once complete, the terminal will be restored to its full storage capacity of 135,000t and continue to benefit from the multimodal services at the port including river barge transport into central London.
The Tilbury Grain terminal has been in operation for over 50 years and is a key strategic facility in the southeast of the UK for the grain import and export markets, handling over 2 Mt of product from around the world.