continent with the Adriatic sea. The reconstruction of this
Dalmatian port was announced in 2006 to enable the largest
seagoing vessels to be able to enter the harbour.
Previous coal handling projects include the appointment of
DemcoTECH by Grindrod as EPCM contractor responsible for
design, engineering, procurement and construction management
for the materials handling portion of the expansion to Grindrod’s
multi product terminal at the port of Richards Bay in South
Africa. The scope of the contract was to provide the materials
handling system conveying various materials, but mainly coal and
rock phosphate from the three Richards Bay terminal sites:
Navitrade, Kusasa and Valley.
The plant includes a tippler discharge onto three belt
conveyors, one of which feeds an open stockpile or the
DemcoTECH designed and supplied pipe conveyor. The pipe
conveyor feeds to a transfer point at which the material is
distributed to the existing export line or to a warehouse.
The 2,000tph materials handling system at the Valley terminal
site was an extension to plant supplied by DemcoTECH some
three years previously to convey material from terminal
conveyors to feed a single warehouse. The expansion extended
the lead conveyor to feed a choice of two other warehouses.
“As this was a brownfields site, the interfacing of new
equipment into the existing equipment had to be carried
out around planned shutdowns in order to minimize
disruptions to operations,” concludes van de Vyver.
DemcoTECH Engineering is a specialist bulk materials
handling and niche process plant company, offering
services from concept design through to project
completion to the power generation, cement, mining,
metallurgical, manufacturing and port handling industries.
Services include conceptual design, feasibility studies,
design, engineering, procurement, expediting,
construction and commissioning. Plant supplied by
DemcoTECH includes troughed conveyors, air-
supported conveyors, pipe conveyors, rail-mounted
slewing boom stackers, pivot boom conveyors and
After-sales services include spares, maintenance,
refurbishments and operational readiness packages
covering procedures, systems and workplace tools
required to successfully operate and maintain a new or