The Port of Tilbury’s Grain Terminal has reached an important construction milestone with the completion of the concrete slip form for the new silo, which will add a further 34,000 tonnes of automated storage at the busy Thames based terminal.
Once the mechanical and electrical fitting is complete, the new concrete silo is expected to be fully operational in January 2024, bringing a combined total storage on site to 134,000 tonnes, underpinning the grain terminal as the UK’s largest import and export grain handling facility.
The new concrete silo will be in addition to the ten steel silos and flat store with a combined storage capacity of 34,000 tonnes, which became operational in September 2022. These steel silos are filled with a 650 tonne per hour transfer conveyor system which also serves the automated filling system for the 14,000 tonne flat store. The transfer conveyor also delivers grain directly from the terminal to two adjacent customer flour mill sites.
The concrete silo rebuild has been undertaken following a fire in 2020*.
Peter Ward, Commercial Director at The Port of Tilbury said: “We are making great progress towards the complete reconstruction of our busy grain terminal. Once the new concrete silo is operational, the Grain Terminal will be back to full capacity on one site.
“Over the past two years, our team has worked hard to ensure that our customers have not experienced any service interruption and we are extremely proud of the high level of service that we have provided for this important industry.
As the UK’s largest grain facility, we are an essential part of the UK agricultural supply chain for imports and exports.”
The Tilbury Grain terminal has been in operation for over 50 years and is a key strategic facility in the South-East of the UK for the grain import and export markets handling over 2 million tonnes of product from around the world. Grain is a key commodity in the UK food supply chain for a number of uses, most notably within the flour milling and bakery industries. The terminal also operates a monthly coastal shipping service from Tilbury to its sister port in Kirkcaldy, Scotland for Carr’s Milling.
*The fire at the grain terminal was in July 2020 and damaged the silo tower and some other equipment. No one was injured.