Railroads and Ports
One of the pillars of the dizzyingly rapid development of AGD Group is the efficiency in logistics, aimed at integrating all the different sectors of the company. This is why the industrial group has the concession of the Nuevo Central Argentino (NCA) railroad and three highly efficient port facilities: Timbúes, Terminal 6 S.A. and Guide S.A.
Nuevo Central Argentino (NCA)
Protagonists of 20th century progress, the railroads were, and continue to be the main engine behind the transportation of major volumes of production and form an important part, through economic development activity, of many life stories of millions of men and women throughout the world.
In this context, and as a strategic participant of AGD’s main business operations, Nuevo Central Argentino S.A. is another fundamental link in the logistics chain that the company runs, under a 30-year state concession with a 10-year extension option, in association with other groups.
The 4757 kilometers of NCA lines link the provinces of Tucumán, Santiago del Estero, Córdoba, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires; they link storage facilities with industrial plants and ports; connecting the rest of the country as well through its trains of 3,000 metric tons loading capacity.
Therefore, having safety as a priority factor of the operation procedures, NCA transports oils and meals of AGD production as well as from other crushing plants additionally transporting other agricultural products and industrial goods, such as ores, arids, clinker and containers.
For more information, please visit: http://www.nca.com.ar/
Terminal 6 S.A.
In view of the constantly growing export activity, AGD set the priority objective of an efficient port facility. To this end, a group of oilseed crushers entered into an association in 1985 to build Terminal 6 S.A., leader in port and industrial service quality, committed to the growth of the exporting sector.
This Agricultural-Industrial Elevator Complex, located on a 320 hectare plot of land, occupies a wide band of the Parana river waterfront in Puerto General San Martín, Province of Santa Fe area, an important region where the harvests of the Argentine Fertile Pampas converge.
Terminal 6, the first Argentine private port, has facilities enabling the storage of up to 950 thousand tons of dry agriproducts and 110 thousand tons of vegoils, an infrastructure for discharging 450 wagons and over a thousand trucks a day, operating jointly with the Belgrano narrow gauge railway and all the standard gauge railroads, through Nuevo Central Argentino (NCA) railroad. It can rapidly load grain bulkcarrier ships up to 275 meters in length on each of its two berths at a rate of 3,200 tons/hr and tanker ships at the rate of 600 tons/hr.
It has six truck discharging platforms servicing more than a thousand units a day, two wagon discharging lines, and a barge unloading facility to receive goods from the north of Argentina and the Paraná/Paraguay waterway at a rate of 600 tons/hr.
This important private port offers the safeguards of permanent weight and quality checks, specially designed to guarantee high reliability and good service to the different surveying companies appointed by buyers and sellers to supervise loading operations.
Thanks to its modern installations, provided with computerized and automated processes, Terminal 6 S.A. is the largest port for simultaneous loading and unloading, with a record operational turnover of 28 different products in one month, including 1.3 million tons discharged and almost 1 million tons shipped. All the dry cargo production of the group is shipped from this facility.
For more information, please visit: http://www.terminal6.com.ar/
AGD and Bunge Argentina jointly own Guide S.A. port, located in Rosario Port.
This is a liquid cargo terminal with an exclusive mooring site and storage capacity for over 73,000 tons of vegoils distribuited in 23 tanks.
It has four independent lines to discharge refined and crude vegoils at a rate of 400 tons/hr for railroad wagons and over 600 tons/hr for trucks. The port has four lines for simultaneous shiploading handling 1,000 tons/hr in two berths.
The Paraná-Paraguay waterway, 3,700 km long, links the river ports of Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, including those of Guide and Terminal 6, running through a region with excellent prospects for agricultural exploitation, sofar underdeveloped due to high land freight costs.
In the mid-term, new land would be incorporated for agricultural and livestock production increasing availability of raw materials.
It is an own enterprise built on a 140-hectare property located in Timbúes (Santa Fe) 3,5 km north of the T6 complex on the Paraná River and 45 km north of Rosario. Up to 1,200 trucks per day can unload the transported raw material due to its discharge capacity of 2,400 tons per hour, and its vertical concrete silos allow them to store 200,000 tons of grains. In addition, it has an area for drying cereals and oilseeds of 600 tons per hour. Its infrastructure allows it to ship 4,000 tons per hour and mobilize around 6,000,000 tons of grain per year.