Kwinana fertiliser project on track at halfway mark
July 2022 saw the 50% completion milestone reached for construction of CBH’s new fertiliser storage facility at Kwinana.
With the project on schedule, the facility will significantly expand CBH’s growing fertiliser business when completed in 2023, with the first shipments to use the new access and storage due shortly after completion.
“We have the first layer of concrete down and the concrete walls – which are being cast on-site – are starting to be assembled. The two 16,000 tonne Urea Ammonium Nitrate tanks are going up and, importantly, the 1.8 kms of related pipework from the Kwinana Grain Terminal Jetty to these tanks is under construction,” explained David Pritchard, Head of Fertiliser.
Importantly, the project has delivered high safety standards during the first half of construction.
At peak times there can be upwards of 50 people working with a range of tools and mobile equipment across the 7-hectare site in all sorts of weather. The project’s performance so far underscores the safety commitment of each individual and of our project contractor, Kerman Contracting.
“At its simplest, it is starting every project workday with a focused safety briefing and creating an open and transparent work environment that allows people to flag any potential safety matters early,” said Nathan Hayes, CBH Head of Project Delivery.
Once operational, the Kwinana facility will also leverage CBH’s existing supply chain infrastructure – helping to reduce supply chain costs and increase reliability of supply. The cost savings will then be passed on to growers through lower prices.
In addition to the new UAN storage and pipelines that will enable us to enter Western Australia’s 500,000t liquid UAN market. The project includes 55,000 tonnes of granular fertiliser storage capacity, an administration office, landscaping all within a secure premises.