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Elmore grain storage upgrade

An Elmore grain storage site is open for business after a $1 million upgrade.

November 21, 2012 4:03am

The first load was delivered to the ABA site last week.

The Australian Bulk Alliance grain storage site at Elmore is open and ready for grain deliveries after completing a $1million facility upgrade in preparation for the coming harvest.

ABA is the storage and handling arm of national grain marketer Emerald. In Victoria, Emerald accumulates grain as SQP Grain in a joint-venture partnership with Southern Quality Produce Co-operative.

Emerald Group supply chain and operations general manager John Warda said the upgrade’s focus had been on creating efficiencies.

‘‘We’ve built two new bunkers which have added 20000 extra tonnes of capacity. We’ve also improved roadways and drainage, upgraded the sample stand and purchased a high-capacity drive-over hopper and canola stacker,’’ Mr Warda said.

With nearly 70000tonnes of storage capacity now available, the site will take on three new segregations: feed oats, lupins and buloke malt barley. The site will also continue to receive eight grades of wheat, barley and canola as it did last year.

‘‘At this stage we’ve set aside a 1200tonne bin for each new segregation. We’re listening to feedback from local growers so we can cater for different grain being grown in the region.’’

ABA Elmore is an open-access site, meaning more than 40 registered grain buyers have the ability to post prices there.

‘‘With over 1.2million tonnes of exports planned from ABA’s Melbourne port terminal over the next 10 months, Elmore’s proximity will allow buyers to move grain to port 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it a preferred site for the many export marketers using our facilities,’’ Mr Warda said.

The site contact number is 54326688.

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