Tenova TAKRAF has recently signed a contract for the turnkey supply of a shiploader and a conveyor system with Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM), the state-owned company in Mauritania. The new shiploader has an iron ore capacity of 12,000tph (tonnes per hour) and is part of an ambitious programme to expand the company’s mine in Zouerate. The ore, extracted since 1963, is transported by rail from the Zouerate mine to the Nouadhibou terminal for export.
The loader will be constructed by Tenova TAKRAF Italy and transported to the port, almost fully erected, on a special ship
equipped with the necessary hoisting equipment. The conveyor system and ancillary equipment will be built by Tenova TAKRAF Germany.
The contract, which includes civil works in addition to mechanical supplies. It is expected that it will be complete in 30 months.