Company invests in new sand and gravel dredger to serve metropolitan market of Berlin
CEMEX have invested in a new floating bucket-chain dredger for Rogätz Quarry, located on the river Elbe, about 100km south-west of Berlin. The purchase is in line with the company’s strategy to enhance its vertically integrated positions near growing metropolises and represents the largest single investment in a CEMEX gravel plant in the last 10 years.
The state-of-the-art floating dredger includes a dewatering screen, a fine-sand recovery system, and a 400 tonnes/h conveyor belt to transport the processed sands and gravels ashore. The new vessel, which replaces an obsolete 27-year-old unit, conveys 50 tonnes/h more than its predecessor, consumes less energy and will increase operational reliability.
Rüdiger Kuhn, CEMEX’s vice-president of materials in Central Europe, commented: ‘With this important investment, we will strengthen our position in the metropolitan market of Berlin and secure the long-term availability of valuable mineral raw materials for our customers.’