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Fig. 1. Recently, the TAKRAF GmbH was assigned with the turn key supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant. // Bild 1. Mit der schlüsselfertigen Errichtung einer Umschlagsanlage für das Erz wurde jüngst die TAKRAF GmbH beauftragt. Photo/Foto: Takraf

TAKRAF wins major contract in Africa

TAKRAF GmbH, a Leipzig based company with a wealth of experience in development, design, fabrication, erection and commissioning of equipment and systems for the global mining and material handling industry, has secured a major contract for the turn key supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. The contract value is approximately 100 m e. TAKRAF, with roots dating back to 1725 and with more than 1,000 employees worldwide, is affiliated to TENOVA spa, a technology based group of companies based in Italy and a leading integrated supplier of technology and turnkey industrial plants.

Guinea, situated on the west coast of Africa, boasts the world’s largest reserves in bauxite, a raw material utilized for the production of alumina, which is used in the smelting of aluminum, a metal important in the aviation industry, automobile fabrication, and many more durable goods manufacture.

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG), jointly owned by international mining houses and the State of Guinea, mines and exports bauxite for more than 50 years and has put in place an ambitious program to increase their export capacity, for which TAKRAF supplies equipment for the unloading of rail wagons and crushing and conveying of the bauxite (Figure 1). A major challenge is the brownfield character of the works, which means that the new supplies and modifications to the existing plant have to be carried out whilst the installation is in operation. Very limited plant downtime and difficult conditions for logistics are a further challenge.

TAKRAF is executing this contract in close cooperation with their subsidiaries in the USA, China and South Africa, whereas the project lead is based in Leipzig. The commissioning of the plant is scheduled for the 2nd half of 2018.

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