As of next year, Romania will have the largest and most modern grain terminal of the Black Sea, in Constanta port, digi24.ro informs. The investment will reach to EUR 40 million, the representatives of Chimpex SA, one of the largest port operators in the region and part of Swiss agri-business group Ameropa, say, adding that the construction of new silos was absolutely necessary.
EUR 27 million comes from a ten-year loan from BCR.
20 grain silos will be build in the port of Constanta and each can store 10,000 tons. According to Chimpex, half of them will be ready by year’s end and the other will be completed at mid next year.
“As the newest, the grain terminal uses new edge equipment, both in terms of environmental protection and charging rates. At the same time, the technical solutions are the newest of our time. We can take freight from train, wagons or barges,” Mihai Panait, general manager Chimpex, stated.
For the first time for the port of Constanta, two heavy ships will be simultaneously loaded from the new terminal. Modern ventilation systems will remove moisture and dust which can damage the stored grain while, be it wheat, barley, maize or sunflower.
The port operator simply can no longer handle orders, development rate being very fast.
The amount of grain stored by the port of Constanta increased from 4.1 million tons in 2004 to 12.6 million tons in 2012, 15.2 million tons in 2013, 17.4 million tons in 2014 and 19.6 million tons in 2015.