THE Port of Portland is improving its log storage facilities at Canal Crt as it prepares for a predicted two-fold increase in log exports.
Port chief executive officer Jim Cooper said on Monday an estimated 800,000 tonnes of export-ready softwood logs would be stored at an upgraded Canal Crt facility, along with the existing area near the woodchip piles.
Last year about 400,000 tonnes were exported through the port.
There will be two tenants at Canal Crt with Hancock Victoria Plantations already confirmed.
It is understood negotiations are ongoing with One Forty One Plantations Pty Ltd as the second tenant.
Mr Cooper said the $1.2 million upgrade at Canal Crt included a gravel surface, drainage, internal roadways and lighting.
Work started at the facility this month, with the first half of the upgrade expected to be completed by May.
Mr Cooper said the site at Canal Crt had been difficult to use last year, especially during winter.
“This upgrade will improve conditions in there substantially,” he said.
HVP will start operating at the upgraded site, and will also be taking log supply from Green Triangle Forest Products.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.