England’s Port of Ipswich has opened its new £2.2m dry bulk warehouse terminal, offering enhanced facilities to Associated British Ports (ABP) customers.
The new Orwell Bulk Terminal replaces the former ‘Number 3’ warehouse, to offer an acre of storage capacity for bulk commodities such as grain, barley and other agribulks.
Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: "The Port of Ipswich plays a vital role in the supply chain for businesses across East Anglia.
"This fantastic new facility will help support these businesses, will drive trade and will create jobs in Ipswich, our county and our region."
Constructed by local company RG Carte, the new terminal will allow stocking goods more than 6m-high within the new store, which will result in the best use of the limited space within the port.
In addition, the terminal features solar panels that will be able to deliver a clean energy generating capacity of 120kW, minimising its impact on the environment.
The solar panels are also connected to the network, which powers the port estate, the ABP stated.
ABP Short Sea Ports director Andrew Harston said: "Last year the port handled over 1.5 million tonnes of bulk cargo for East Anglian customers.
"It is an important and growing business for the port. The opening of the Orwell Bulk Terminal will help to provide our customers with modern facilities."
The Port of Ipswich provides more than 1,800 jobs locally and offers £122m to the regional economy.
Image: Port of Ipswich’s new Orwell bulk terminal. Photo: courtesy of Associated British Ports.