Chadwick upgrade as production booms
One of WA’s biggest grain bins has received a $16 million, 80,000 tonne storage capacity boost.
A whopping 655,000 tonnes of grain is now able to be stored at Chadwick, near Esperance, after CBH unveiled the project on Friday.
While Esperance growers delivered an average 2.4 million tonne harvest in 2018-19, CBH predicts grain production in the area to swell.
Within the past decade, the five-year rolling averages within the zone have increased almost five per cent a year, equalling an increase of about one million tonnes.
Between 2005 and 2004, growers in the area harvested about 1.62 million tonnes a year.
Comparatively, growers harvested 2.54 million tonnes year in the years 2015 to 2019.
The new upgrade includes four, 20,000 tonne capacity, closed circular cells at Chadwick.
The cells have a combined inloading capacity of 1000 tonnes an hour.
Elevators and inloading conveyors were also installed.
The expansion is part of CBH’s ongoing investment in the network.
CBH said the upgrades focused on maintenance and capital investment at the core 100 sites which already received more than 95 per cent of the annual crop.
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