The Port of Tilbury has announced plans for a major storage expansion at its grain terminal.

The multi-million investment will see storage capacity increase to accommodate up to an additional 16,000 tonnes of both import and export wheat at the Thames port.

The grain terminal at Tilbury is one of the UK’s largest, handling over 1.4million tonnes annually with a current storage capacity of 120,000 tonnes.

The developmet follows news of a big increase in port trade as recently highlighted by Port of London Authority chairman Christopher Rodrigues and reported by River Thames News .

Peter Ward, Senior Asset Manager at the Port of Tilbury said: "This is a significant investment in the Grain Terminal for our customers. As volumes increase in both the grain import and export markets, it’s essential that we have the storage facilities to handle this additional volume.

"This multimillion pound investment will ensure that the terminal remains the key strategic facility in the South East of the UK for the grain import and export markets."

As part of the port’s growth strategy, they recently announced the acquisition of 152 acres of land and deep water jetty facilities at the former site of the Tilbury Power Station. Owner Forth Ports intends to use this land to extend current operations with the creation of a new port, to grow to meet the needs of their customers and market demands.

Story dated April 7th 2016