T-Ports will expand its operations to the Yorke Peninsula, with construction on a port at Wallaroo now underway. The development signals a shift in grain exports for Yorke Peninsula and Mid North growers.
The Wallaroo port will be owned by the ICAM ACIF Lucky Bay 2 Trust. T-Ports has been contracted to develop and operate the Wallaroo Port. Planning for the second port has been underway for several years and has included significant scoping studies of the coastal environment, shoreline, inland freight networks and economic feasibility to ensure the port’s long-term sustainability.
Silos at port
Silos at the port site will have approx 20,500 tonnes of grain storage
A bunker site to be constructed will have up to 240,000 tonnes of grain storage
Using the Lucky Eyre together with Eyre Peninsula export operations to create efficiencies
T-Ports specialises in innovative solutions for the export of commodities, partnering with customers and investors to use a flexible model that positions port infrastructure close to the product’s origin.
T-Ports is looking forward to being able to offer growers in the Yorke Peninsula and Mid North regions an alternative supply chain.
The port at Wallaroo is the logical next step in the T-Ports journey and we’re excited to see the opportunities for Yorke Peninsula growers after witnessing the significant returns delivered to Eyre Peninsula growers this past harvest.
Planning for the second port in the T-Ports network has been underway for several years and has included significant scoping studies of the coastal environment, shoreline, inland freight networks and economic feasibility to ensure the port’s long-term sustainability.
The feedback we’ve received to date has been very positive with growers looking forward to competition in the market. Growers appreciate the need to increase competition in the state’s supply chains which will ultimately benefit them.
T-Ports thanks the Copper Coast Council for their unerring support and patience as the development progressed. We also thank the South Australian Government for the work they have done in supporting both Lucky Bay and Wallaroo developments.
Tonnes of storage at port
tonnes of storage at bunker site
The grain export facility will feature steel silos with 20,500 tonnes of grain capacity and a 500 metre rock causeway with grain conveyed to a ship loader for loading onto the transhipment vessel. A bunker site will feature six bunkers with a total of 240,000 tonnes of grain capacity.
There are efficiencies and cost savings in building this port on the opposite side of the Spencer Gulf to Lucky Bay as we will utilise the same transhipment vessel, MV Lucky Eyre.
T-Ports will be ready to receive grain for the 2022/23 harvest.
T-Ports is also looking forward to working with the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation (NNAC) after successfully negotiating an Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
We look forward to building a strong partnership with NNAC and bringing development and career opportunities to the traditional landowners.
At T-Ports, we are actively working to develop a culture of respect and inclusion.
The construction process will take between 12 and 18 months and during that phase we will look to utilise South Australian expertise and contractors as we have done at Lucky Bay.
We are pleased to welcome Allied Grain Systems as the builder of the grain export facility. We expect up to 200 jobs will be created during the construction phase.
South Australian grain growers are the first to benefit from our innovative transhipment technology positioning port infrastructure close to a product’s origin.
Having a larger number of regional shallow-water ports, rather than transporting commodities to city ports on trucks or trains, makes sense.
T-Ports is committed to building infrastructure enabling growth in South Australia and is proud to be part of the state’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.