Qatar: Six Construct completes gabbro terminal
Six Construct has announced the completion of Qatar Primary Materials Company’s Gabbro Terminal in Mesaieed, Qatar
The expansion of Qatar Primary Materials Company’s (QPMC) Gabbro Terminal in Mesaieed has been completed.
The news was announced by Six Construct, which fulfilled the contract in consortium with FLSmidth.
The expansion works, which involved the replacement of the QPMC terminal’s previous operation programme with a conveyor system, have doubled capacity at the site.
The facility is now equipped to handle turnover of almost 30 million tonnes of aggregate per year.
Commenting on the expansion initiative, Frederic Brunelle, project director for Six Construct, said: “The overall concept was to keep the existing offloading cranes whilst optimising their maximum capacity by removing the trucking operations, which was the main bottle-neck of the process.
“In order to achieve this major upgrade, the works consisted of building a conveyor system taking the material directly from the crane and transporting it at a speed of 3m per second to the stockyard, and finally discharging it through a stacker on a stockpile.”
Six Construct, a subsidiary of Belgium-based construction giant, Besix Group, was responsible for building the terminal’s auxiliary infrastructure and installing its electro-mechanical equipment.
Within the first few months of the project, the contractor was also awarded work on two additional 33KV substations, both of which feed the main terminal under a separate engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract.
Each of the conveyor system’s stackers weighs 236 tonnes, travels on a 900m-long rail, and is capable of piling materials at heights of up to 20m.
The updated configuration allows materials to be transferred from vessel to stockpile in approximately 25 minutes, eliminating the previous requirement for up to 4,000 daily truck rotations in the berth, and more than doubling the output of the terminal’s existing cranes.
Six Construct also installed 12 weighbridges and an integrated management system to further improve gabbro distribution for QPMC.