The shiploader supplied by TAIM WESER for the Brazilian firm,
VALE, began operations in August at the new phosphate plant in
Bayovar (Peru), the largest phosphate reserve in South America.
On 5 August, the president of Peru, Alan García, officially
launched the Bayovar phosphate plant in Sechura (Piura). The
plant, which will be the largest phosphate production facility in
South America, was built by the Brazilian company, VALE, through
its Peruvian subsidiary, Miski Mayo, and represents an investment
of $5.66 billion. Production is expected to reach 1mt (million
tonnes) of phosphoric rock during the first year and to increase
to a volume of 3.9mt a year in the future.
Prior to the inauguration of the new plant, TAIM WESER
completed the assembly, start-up and load testing of the fully
automated facility constructed by the company for this major
project. The project includes the installation of conveyor belts
and a 3,500tph (tonnes per hour) capacity shiploader for the
Bayovar Port Terminal, a newly constructed port located 4km
from the plant, which forms part of the facility and will be
reserved for the private use of the plant. The greatest challenge
faced by the company was the need to build the project from the
ground up, in a desert environment and with no existing port
facilities. TAIM WESER has once again been able to demonstrate
its ability to adapt to all the conditions and requirements set
forth by its clients.
The successful completion of the project puts TAIM WESER in
an especially favourable position for the expansion project
announced by VALE President, Mr Agnelli, during the opening
ceremony which TAIM WESER was invited to attend. The
expansion project will begin in the next 18 months and
represents an additional investment of $3 billion.
This project is a further underscoring of TAIM WESER’s
presence and importance in South American markets, where the
company has previously built large facilities in Brazil, Cuba, the
Dominican Republic, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela, among
others. At the present time, Peru represents a strategic market
for TAIM WESER, due to the growth of its mining sectors and
port facilities, associated with the export of raw materials.
HIGH TECHNOLOGY VIATAIM WESER
The TAIM WESER facility at the Bayovar phosphate plant has
been designed to transport and load phosphate onto large sized
ships, with a capacity of 20,000dwt to 75,000dwt.
The installation goes from the ground up to the dock by
means of a pipe conveyor measuring 480 metres in length. Once
it reaches the dock, it tips the material onto a 183.72m conveyor
belt that runs parallel to the edge of the dock. After that, the
tripper, which has a length of 162 metres, tips it onto the
conveyor belt that takes it up to the loader. The equipment is
designed for a 0.8 to 0.053mm grain size and 1.4–1.6t/m3
Operations are controlled by state-of-the-art technology.
Loading and other movements can be handled either from the
control room or by radio control. The machinery is equipped
with its own PLC and features the most advanced safety and
control devices, including collision detectors, level sensors,
anemometer, limit switches, etc.