Grain Corp will be spending AUS$20 million on the development of 16 storage tanks at its Kembla Port facilities.
The development application was submitted to Wollongong City Council on December 19th 2013 and was approved without fanfare a month ago.
The project will be split into phases, with initial work involving the installation of ten, 1250 cubic metre tanks. The steel used in the works will be locally sourced from the BlueScope steel company.
GrainCorp spokesman Angus Trigg spoke in regards of the development, saying: “We’re investing almost $20 million into the port Kembla site, which is right next to our existing bulk grain export terminal.”
“We intend to staff the facility from our existing team, but expect 20 to 30 jobs during the construction phase, plus ongoing economic generation in the local area, post-completion.”
The tanks will be used for the storage of bulk liquids, primarily chemicals, including lubricants, liquid crop fertiliser and petroleum. They will also be used to hold edible oils.
Port Kembla office of NSW Ports has stated that works will be completed by the end of the year adding one more vessel service every six weeks to the ports itinerary.