Qatar’s need to handle substantially higher volumes of gabbro, a material used in the production of concrete and asphalt for building projects related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and its national vision programme 2030, presented Aurecon with a great opportunity.
Working with Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC), which imported most of the material through its terminal in the port of Umm Sa’id (Mesaieed), Aurecon was appointed to come up with designs, plans and solutions for handling more than twice the volume of this cargo more efficiently.
The process involved Aurecon developing detailed simulation models to demonstrate how the terminal and storage areas would operate under different scenarios. Through various animations and graphic illustrations, the company identified pinch-points that could limit the port’s ability to maximise its throughput capacity and/or QPMC’s ability to function productively, and solutions were then devised.
The final solution was the installation of a four-lane loading conveyor system to transport bulk aggregate materials from existing shore cranes at Berths 2 and 3 to stackers at the onshore stockyard, and the use of truck discharge hoppers in the corridor area to receive material from Berth 1 at the barge facility. Aurecon managed the installation work.
Meanwhile, QPMC’s business model was adjusted, with its activities and responsibilities changing from that of a pure terminal operating company to one of supply chain management. Consequently, the company’s relationship with its customers and suppliers has become much closer.
Finally, Aurecon provided advisory services that have delivered improved asset utilisation levels for QPMC, and allowed it to generate higher returns on its investments.
“A key contributor to our success was our commitment to the client’s success,” said Glenn Hallahan, project director at Umm Sa’id. “By showing them other possible options to their plan that were in their best interest, we built a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. We are proud to play a key role in the development of QPMC and, ultimately, Qatar.”