An agreement between National Grain Company and HAIF Trading & Construction Company has been signed for the latter to construct a grain terminal in Yanbu Commercial Port. This will have a storage capacity of 156,000 tons in the first phase, consisting of 12 silos with a total capacity of 96,000 tons and a warehouse with a capacity of 60,000 tons.
The terminal will also include a 650m long conveyor belt, unloading equipment with a discharge capacity 800 tons per hour, and a dedicated area for loading trucks and packaging. The terminal will be designed to handle, store, and distribute up to 3 million tons of grains annually, including barley, corn and soybeans.
The project aims to accelerate the loading and discharge of essential grains, with the new terminal being the first regional centre for grains in the commercial port of Yanbu. Mawani believes the port’s geographical location will help enhance food distribution in the region by connecting the Kingdom with global sources of grains. In addition, the terminal will contribute to importing, transporting, and distributing grains by enhancing supply chains capabilities in Saudi Arabia and providing logistical support for all importers in the public and private sectors.
The National Grains Company was formed in 2020 as a joint venture between SALIC and Bahri to contribute to achieving Saudi Arabia’s food security strategy.