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New Metso processing plant for Insee Aggregates

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Siam City Cement subsidiary selects state-of-the-art aggregates plant for Suphanburi Quarry

INSEE Aggregates have selected Metso to supply a full-scope, state-of-the-art quarry processing plant for Suphanburi Quarry, in Thailand. The delivery covers all the advanced crushing and screening equipment, full electrical plant design, automation software and hardware, as well as related services and sustainable optimization.

Suphanburi Quarry is owned and operated by Insee Aggregates, who are part of Siam City Cement Company, Thailand’s second-largest cement producers.

After completion, the new plant will be the most modern processing facility in Thailand for the production of high-quality aggregates, with an estimated production capacity of 2 million tonnes per year. The in-the-pit mining and crushing and screening plant, which will be located north-west of Bangkok, is expected to start production in 2018.

‘Siam City Cement entered the quarrying business more than 10 years ago with a vision to be Thailand’s premium, high-performance aggregate supplier,’ said Craig Bickley, chief executive officer of Siam City Concrete (SCCO).

‘Suphanburi Quarry is a highly strategic operation, providing aggregates to the Bangkok market. While the expansion objective of this project was to double the existing crushing capacity via the construction of a new line, it was of utmost importance that quality and production performance were never compromised.

‘Our target was to build a world-class plant with sustainable processing operations, using the most advanced equipment and processes available. In summary, we wanted a low-cost/high-productivity, environmentally responsible operation.’

Metso’s approach to this design and construct project was to invest considerable time, effort and resources to ensure they had fully understood and captured the Insee’s requirements and needs, and then to advance the aggregates company’s thinking in new and innovative ways.

‘We were impressed with Metso’s industry-leading, energy-saving solutions and sustainable optimization services,’ continued Mr Bickley. ‘Achieving our ambitious vision was only going to be possible with the participation of an advanced, reliable and proven international partner. This, combined with a strong local presence and knowledge, was the compelling reason we selected Metso.’

Campbell Johnston, Metso’s director of aggregates system sales, said: ‘We are very proud to be the supplier and partner of Insee for this unique project. We have a track record of delivering what we promise, and we have the project-management capabilities and the process know-how to execute projects with many sources of supply to meet the customer’s demanding time frame.’

Metso’s delivery covers the crushing and screening plant, including five crushers, five vibrating screens, plant and overland conveyors, steel structures and chutework, ancillary equipment, electrical and automation systems, as well as related services such as installation, start-up and commissioning, and technical direction.

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