Palm Kernel Import and Storage

Location: Primeport Timaru
Duration: Ongoing
Client: RD1
Delivered on Time and Budget?  Ongoing

As part of its Timaru operations Rooney Earthmoving Limited (REL) manage a purpose built stockfeed storage facility. It was constructed in record time in 2008 to enable International Nutritionals Ltd (INL) to store its inaugural shipment of Palm Kernel Expeller (PKE) to supply to RD1’s South Island dairy clientele.

Palm Kernel Expeller meal (PKE), is a by-product of the palm oil industry in South East Asia, mainly from Malaysia. It is a by-product of the crushing and physical expelling of oil from the kernel of the fruit of the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis). The outer fleshy fruit of the palm fruit is removed and extracted to produce palm oil leaving the kernel. After removing the shell, the kernels are also crushed to release high quality Palm Kernel Oil and Palm Kernel Expeller. PKE combines mid to high energy levels (around 8 percent fat and 65 percent NDF) with moderate protein levels.

The storage shed has the capacity to hold more than 40,000 metric tonne of product. When 25,000 tonne vessels of PKE arrive into Primeport Timaru it’s a period of continuous activity with 12-14 bulk trucks involved in carting to the Washdyke store for a period of 48 hours or more. Mark Haywood oversees the process and works in close contact with Stevedore Roger Pharazyn from Timaru Cargo Services to ensure an efficient 350 tonne per hour discharge rate is maintained. REL’s onsite weighbridge is utilised to measure the inbound cargo and it is stacked away using a loader and excavators, to maximise the shed’s capacity.

REL staff member Paul Shenton manages the daily movements in and out of this MAF transition facility and as an Approved Person ensures all biosecurity requirements are met discharging this containerised product. To ensure safe feeding often the BCM is blended in store with PKE before being trucked to farms.

REL also provide a milling/screening operation to ensure RD1’s clients (INL’s agent to market) receive a high quality PKE offer, and bulk bag for clients with smaller requirements.

REL along with Temuka Transport, complete the logistics offer by delivering the product on-time and in excellent condition to RD1’s farmers.


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