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Construction of ten giant metal silos at Tilbury’s Grain Terminal completed

The new metal silos will be ready for 2022 harvest

The construction of ten giant metal silos has been completed at Tilbury’s Grain Terminal.

Rebuilding works got underway earlier this year following a fire in 2020 which damaged part of the concrete silo.

Building of the ten 30 metre tall structures, weighing a total combined capacity of 20,000 tonnes, was completed this month.

Last year’s fire at the UK’s largest grain terminal damaged the silo tower and other equipment. No one was injured.

Demolition of the damaged concrete silos at the terminal is also now complete.

The port will shortly appoint a contractor to replace these concrete silos for a return to full operations in 2023, restoring the original storage capacity of 135,000 m/t.

Commercial Director at The Port of Tilbury, Peter Ward said: “The sight of the completed ten new grain silos at the grain terminal is great to see.

“The terminal is a key facility in the South-East of England and an essential part of the UK agricultural supply chain for imports and exports.

“These new metal silos will be ready for the 2022 harvest and once the concrete silo is rebuilt, the terminal will be back to full capacity on one site.

“Although there has been no interruption to our service throughout the rebuild, we would like to thank our customers for supporting us during this difficult period as we rebuild the facility.”

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