Mr Simon Barney, Chairman of Quattro Ports said, "The official opening of the grain terminal is the culmination of over 3 years of planning and construction. The grain market and export supply chain has already changed as a result of the competition that we bring. That’s good for farmers and good for the regional economy".
From the turning of the first soil in August 2014 to the loading of the first grain in March 2016, the project has included:
- an extension to berth 103 to handle vessels up to 225 metres in length and 14.5m draft (undertaken by NSW Ports);
- the construction of new grain bulk storage (ten (10) x 10,000 tonne and nine (9) x 2,000+ tonne capacity vertical silos);
- state of the art rail discharge facilities;
- the installation of a 1,500 tonne per hour capacity out loading conveyors; and mobile ship loader.
Since March 2016, nearly 700,000 tonnes has been loaded on 19 vessels. Simon Barney said this was "a ’tried and tested’ opening, however, one worth celebrating nonetheless".
The location of the open access terminal provides grain traders and exporters in the New South Wales grain market a more efficient pathway for their Australian grain to be exported to the world and provides more competition along the grain supply chain throughout the grain growing regions of New South Wales.
Quattro Ports also provides the bulk-agri industry with a fertiliser outloading operation, which enables road transport delivering grain to the terminal to load a backload up-country.
Quattro Ports has become an integral part of the Wollongong community with over 120 jobs created or supported by the facilities construction or the terminals operation.
Quattro Ports is a joint venture between Cofco Agri, Qube, Cargill and Emerald Grain.