Sugar Processing: Bulk Storage

Sugar Mountain

Queensland has one of the world's largest bulk raw sugar storage and handling systems. There are seven Queensland bulk sugar terminals at Cairns, Mourilyan, Lucinda, Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg and Brisbane. These bulk sugar terminals can store more than two million tonnes of raw sugar, allowing year round deliveries to refineries in Australia and overseas.

The technology installed at the bulk sugar terminals enables more than 25,000 tonnes of raw sugar to be loaded in less than a day. Bulk sugar is transported by either road or rail from the mills to the terminals where it is carried by conveyor into the storage shed.

When required for shipment the sugar is fed through hoppers in the terminal shed floor to underground conveyor systems. These conveyors transport the sugar to the wharf where it is loaded into the ship's hold.