Guinea, situated on the west coast of Africa, boasts the world’s largest reserves in bauxite. The contract with Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG), valued at approximately €100M, involves an ambitious program to increase CBG’s export capacity, for which Takraf will supply equipment for the unloading of rail wagons and crushing and conveying of the bauxite.
CBG, which is jointly owned by international mining firms Alcoa, Rio Tinto, Dadco and the State of Guinea, has mined and exported bauxite for more than 50 years
A major challenge for the expansion project 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, said Takraf.
The German company is executing this contract in close cooperation with its subsidiaries in the USA, China and South Africa, with the project lead based in Leipzig, Germany.
Takraf CEO Dr. Frank Hubrich underlined the importance of this project for the implementation of the company in the important markets in western Africa and praised the cooperation between the different entities of the company. The commissioning of the plant is scheduled for the second half of 2018.