CONSTRUCTION is set to begin on a $115m port at Lucky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, a project tipped to benefit South Australian grain growers.
The project is being developed by T-Ports, a group of investors chaired by Rob Chapman (also the chairman of the Adelaide Crows AFL club).
Mr Chapman told the ABC the port would be finished in time for the 2018/2019 harvest, with grain at the shallow water facility to be trans-shipped to large ships in the Spencer Gulf.
The new port is expected to include storage facilities with a capacity for 430,000 tonnes of grain and upcountry storage at the town of Lock.
Grain exports are a major contributor to the economy of South Australia.
According to the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, typical grains grown in that state are cereals, pulses and oilseeds and on average about 85% of produce is exported.