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4 October, 2021

Grain corp expansion in Gilgandra

Work is underway to provide for additional storage at Gilgandra’s Grain Corp facility.

By Emily Middleton

Gilgandra silos. Photo supplied.

The upgrades are part of a broader plan to increase storage capacity across Grain Corps network, in time for the 2021-2022 winter crop.

This upgrade follows last year’s bumper crop, where more than 60 GrainCorp sites broke all-time receival records.

Works at Coonamble are also underway, with a staggering 480,000 tonnes of new storage being created between both Coonamble and Gilgandra.

GrainCorp Managing Director and CEO Robert Spurway broke the good news to growers last week, confirming plans had started developing before last year’s harvest finished.

“On top of the new storage, we are also looking at re-opening some sites to accommodate the anticipated demand, and we have a maintenance plan in place to get these sites back into full operation,” said Mr Spurway.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) estimates over 55 million metric tonnes of grain was produced across Australia from the 2020/21 winter harvest, with just under 30mmt produced on the east coast.

Mr Spurway said the company is working around the clock to move as much leftover grain from that intake as possible before the new season crop is ready.

“Our supply chain is running full tilt, with 3000 truckloads and over 50 trains being loaded out of the network each week to move that grain.

“The new storage will take pressure off these sites, and we’ll be operating a large fleet of trains over harvest to continue to make space as deliveries roll in.”

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