The grain industry is the largest agricultural sector in Western Australia, producing 14 – 18 million metric tonnes of grain of which 90% is exported to over 50 countries worldwide.
With the deregulation of grain bulk handling, it has provided new opportunities and clean alternatives to Western Australian growers, producers and traders on how to manage the state’s grain resources, especially for export markets.
Albany Port stands as one of the strategic locations for export of cereal grain in Western Australia, with a natural harbour that allows for bulk handling. The port was designed for efficient processing of cereal grains and oilseeds transported directly from the farms around Albany and has the capabilities to store them in between exports.
On 15th March 2013, Vicstock Grain acquired a load out capacity and secured a new lease and another subsequent lease for the development of a grain terminal at Albany Port.
Vicstock Grain immediately undertook engineering works at Albany Port, a multi-million dollar project to improve, modify and redevelop the site into an advanced multi-product facility capable of storing and bulk handling commercial quantities to export.
Today, the site is able to accommodate Panamax sized export vessels that match International standards of turnaround times, possesses modern state of the art equipment capable of outputting 1,000 tonnes per hour with a sophisticated dust extraction system, and a 25,000 – 35,000 tonne on port storage facility.
Vicstock Grain is also in the process of expanding the current facility through the construction of an additional 40,000 – 50,000 tonne storage in the form of another multi-purpose storage shed or silos on already acquired neighbouring lot.