Major building work is underway at the UK’s largest grain terminal at the deepwater Port of Tilbury following the fire last year which damaged its grain silos.
The Tilbury Grain Terminal, owned by Forth Ports, handles some 2 million tonnes of UK grain exports and imports in an average year.
Forth Ports says demolition of the concrete silos and handling equipment damaged by the fire in July 2020 has started. The first phase of installing replacement metal silos is underway, with three new silos in place. Phase one will return 20,000 tonnes of metal storage capacity in early 2022, with the phase two reconstruction of the concrete silos – 34,000 tonnes – restored in 2023.
There will be no interruption to customer service during these works, as the terminal remains fully open for import and exports. Once complete, the terminal will be restored to its full storage capacity of 135,000 tonnes at the centre of full multimodal services at the port including river barge transportation into central London.
“Following the fire last summer, we worked hard to ensure there was limited interruption to customer service and now with the new silos being constructed, we can be confident that the new facility will set the highest industry standards for silo construction,” says Peter Ward, commercial director at The Port of Tilbury. “In the meantime, we want to extend our thanks to our customer base for the loyalty and support they have shown us through what has been a difficult period.”
Investigations into the cause of the 2020 fire are ongoing.