PORT SPENCER DEEP WATER PORT
South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula region produces an annual average of more than 2.6 million tonnes of grain – approximately 8% of the Australian crop. Of this, 85% is exported – primarily to expanding Asian and Middle East markets.
Port Spencer – a new deep water grain terminal with greater access than any other port to the heart of this important grain-growing region – is proposed to provide Eyre Peninsula grain growers with greater convenience and improved returns in a highly competitive global market place.
With the approvals process well advanced and plans in place for Port Spencer to accept grain from the 2021-22 harvest (commencing November, 2021), growers will benefit from:
- Increased competition resulting in freight savings and supply chain savings
- Advanced receival and storage technology
- The largest at-port storage facility in the region (currently planning for approximately 800,000 tonne capacity)
- New access to affordable shipping capacity, particularly for small to medium traders, which will bring greater competition to global trade. This should contribute to higher prices paid for SA grain
Port Spencer will also benefit global grain traders by providing:
- Additional shipping slots in the peak demand period of December to March
- Wharf loading of Panamax sized vessels (83,000DWT) and associated cost efficiencies
- Value-add blending capacity to meet buyers’ needs
- Flexibility to further expand ‘at port’ storage
With the recent closure of the grain rail freight services on Eyre Peninsula, it is estimated that up to an additional 30,000 truck movements will go through the township of Port Lincoln each season. Development of the Port Spencer deep water port facility will divert significant truck movements into, and out of Port Lincoln, reducing road maintenance costs and improving road safety.
Port Spencer’s deep-water port location avoids the need for marine blasting and ongoing dredging, significantly reducing environmental impact and ongoing maintenance costs. The Port facilities will provide capacity to hold multiple grain types, enhancing the opportunity to increase grain handling speed and throughput.
These factors contribute to Port Spencer having what we believe will be the lowest operating costs for any port in the region.