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EMO conveyor system realisation underway

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Europees Massagoed Overslagbedrijf (EMO) will finalise an investment programme for the replacement of an essential part of their conveyor belt system in 2017. Having replaced all three 1.5 km conveyor lines at the unloading quay in 2016, EMO is now renewing the conveyor belt system on the West side of the terminal. The final stage of this investment was approved during 1Q16, in line with EMO's long-term iron ore and coal strategy.

The project involves the total renewal and upgrading of the belt system, which has been functioning since 1973. By using state of the art technologies and by designing-out inefficiencies, EMO will reduce labour, maintenance, and energy costs.

This investment safeguards the reliability, safety and service level of the EMO terminal and reaffirms EMO as the most cost-efficient terminal for dry bulk in Europe.

The realisation of the project is well on its way. All quay conveyor belts are now fully operational and have already transported several millions of tonnes of dry bulk products. The replacement of the conveyor belts on the terminal’s West side is more than half-way. EMO’s experienced project team is overseeing and coordinating the works carried out by reputable contractors and suppliers. The terminal remains fully operational while the project is executed. So far, this challenging brown-field project has been implemented without any unforeseen business interruptions. When the project is completed in 2017, the company will be able to take full advantage of these new assets.

Some key figures include:

  • 3000 t (European) of new steel.
  • 168 piles.
  • 18 000 idlers.
  • 102 pulleys.
  • 13 100 m of rubber belt.
  • 9000 wind plates.
  • 75 000 m of electricity cable.

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