QPMC to launch cement storage silos project in Q1
In an effort to expedite supply of cement materials, Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC) will launch its cement storage silos project in Q1 2017.
Qatar's demand for cement materials will be expedited by Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC), who will launch its cement storage silos project in the first quarter of 2017.
This operation forms part of QPMC’s “efforts to ensure sustainable supply” of cement in the country, to the manifold construction projects underway throughout Qatar, Gulf Times reported.
The project is situated on Berth 1 of the Port of Mesaieed and presently comprises two cranes, two conveyor belts and 12 concrete silos, each with a storage capacity of 5,000 tonnes for a total of 60,000 tonnes.
QPMC’s CEO Eisa al-Hammadi explained that the cement materials would be moved from the concrete silos to four iron silos which will dispense the cement into trucks, with an unloading capacity of 250 tonnes per hour for each silo.
This will result in a total of 1,000 tonnes per hour of cement, enough to fill up 40 trucks with a payload of 25 tonnes each, every 60 minutes.
Cement ships with a cargo of 30,000 tonnes will be unloaded at a discharge rate of no more than two and a half days, the executive assured, which in turn reduces the waiting time.
“One of the main objectives of concrete silos is to put an end to shortfalls and ensure the provision of cement and other concrete materials in a sustainable manner for current and future projects, as well as supporting the private sector,” al-Hammadi said.
He also drew attention to QPMC’s bulk materials handling system (BMHS) plant, a recent achievement reached in late 2016.
“It was a long year of strategic achievements where the conveyor belts project was executed and implemented, which established the foundations for putting cement storage silos into action very soon,” the CEO pointed out.
The BMHS has a 4.8km conveyor belt system that stretches from where ships dock and from the gabbro berths, extending to the storage areas. The belts work at the speed of 3m/s, cutting the entire materials moving process to the storage area to 25 minutes.
Al-Hammadi stressed that the belts directly serve major projects and the infrastructure and construction sectors:“The conveyor belts have a primary role to play in decreasing the waiting period of ships at the dock and outside the port, in addition to their similar role of increasing the absorptive capacity of gabbro trading berths 1, 2, and 3 at the Port of Mesaieed, and accommodate 30mn tonnes per annum instead of 16.5mn tonnes with an increase of at least 81%,” he explained.