Grain storage and handling projects

by Susan Reidy
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An ever-growing population and a lack of adequate grain storage in Eastern Europe and former Soviet bloc countries are making for brisk business for grain storage and handling suppliers.

Respondents to a recent World Grain survey of equipment suppliers said nations such as Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Poland have the greatest demand for commercial grain storage construction. Several respondents also noted that sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South America and India are seeing substantial growth in grain storage and handling projects.

“Drivers for new construction are growing population, climate change and water scarcity, as well as increasing industrialization in Asia, Africa and Latin America,” one supplier noted. “Securing agricultural products in quantity and quality is a growing concern and challenge for many of our customers. Populations are growing, water scarcity will lead to major changes in grain supplies, and healthy and safe food will become the standard.”

There is great demand for new construction at collection points close to the harvest areas, especially in regions where industrialization is not completed yet, the supplier said.

“Furthermore, we see demand for large-size trading terminals to transport the products from countries/regions of cultivation to the people demanding food,” the supplier said.

No matter where facilities are being built, equipment suppliers said a common trend is toward larger projects. One reason, they said, is the instability of grain prices. In the CIS region, facilities must have the ability to clean and dry large quantities of grain since there is very little on-farm storage, one supplier said.

“Elevators there generally have very large capacities with relatively low capacity handling equipment when compared with North American-style construction,” the supplier said.

Another supplier said it has recently built a number of 32-meter-diameter silos. Generally, the uncertainty of cereal supply throughout the world has been a major factor when considering additional silo storage, the supplier said. Cost is also a factor in the trend toward larger storage facilities.

“The foundation costs and civil works are a large percentage of the overall project price,” one supplier said. “With this in mind, customers are attempting to achieve economies of scale by building very large 50,000-tonne-plus elevators with large silos and multiple receiving and load-out areas.”

Customers have a growing awareness of energy efficiency and are asking for simple, effective solutions.

The following is a sample of projects completed in recent months involving some of the world’s biggest manufacturers of grain storage and handling equipment.

Grain pump loop system reduces costs

At the beginning of 2010, the Ascension Cooperative planned the construction of a storage facility with 28,300 tonnes of storage capacity in Ascension, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In an effort to reduce the cost of the handling equipment as well as the cost of the civil works, the cooperative’s technical advisor, Ingenieria Post Cosecha (IPC), proposed a facility based on the use of Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S.-based Global Industries Inc.’s Hutchinson Grain Pump Loop System.
Ascension Cooperative started the expansion of its storage facility based on the IPC design. As a result the cooperative was able to avoid the construction of concrete tunnels below the silos and the installation of metallic catwalks to support the entire cross and longitudinal loops.


To avoid the construction of trenches at the foundation bases of the silos, the flat-bottom silos were supplied with full perforated floors. IPC developed a low-cost, ring-style silo foundation base with a full flat concrete floor. The longitudinal loops were installed between the concrete floor and the full perforated floor. All of this resulted in an important reduction of the total investment as well as less construction time to build the silos foundation bases and to install the longitudinal Grain Pump Loops.

The facility started its operation in 2012 and includes two MFS silos Model S72-17 with side draws, six MFS silos Model S60-15 and Brownie Spiral Stairs, peak walk around and roof ladder handrail packages.

Each model S72-17 MFS silo has 5,007 tonnes of capacity and is 21.94 meters in diameter, 13.82 meters tall at the eaves and 19.81 meters high at the peak. Each Model S60-15 MFS silo has a 3,048-tonne storage capacity and is 18.29 meters in diameter, 12.19 meters tall at the eaves and 17.06 meters high at the peak.

Each silo includes a Hutchinson Series 1012 Sweep Auger with a 100-tph capacity. The capacity of all the 254-mm Hutchinson Grain Pump Loop Systems is 150 tph. The facility also includes two grain pre-cleaners and one grain dryer. It will be used to clean, dry and store corn, wheat, sorghum and soybeans. The facility is completely automated and is controlled from a PC or remotely from a tablet.

After starting operations of the facility equipped with the Hutchinson Grain Pump Loop System, the Ascension Cooperative emphasized its operative flexibility, simplicity of use and ease in automation.

Tiryaki opens one of the largest assembled plants in Europe

Silos Córdoba, Cordoba, Spain, recently finished work on one of the biggest plants assembled in Europe. The Tiryaki project in Mersin, Turkey, was for the storage of lentil, wheat and rapeseed. This was Silos Cordoba’s first time working with Tiryaki. Assembly took nearly a year, from October 2011 to November 2012.

The facility includes:

19 silos model 18.33/22 with a diameter of 18.33 meters, height to the eaves of 25.17 meters, total height of 30.46 meters and a capacity of 7,110 tonnes.
11 silos model 14.51/22 with a diameter of 14.51 meters, height to the eaves of 25.17 meters, total height of 29.36 meters and a capacity of 4,395 tonnes.
Six silos model 21.39/22 with a diameter of 21.39 meters, height to the eaves of 25.17 meters, total height of 31.34 meters and a capacity of 9,752 tonnes.
Four hopper silos model 9.17/12 with a diameter of 9.17 meters, height to the eaves of 19.22 meters, total height of 21.87 meters and a capacity of 1,063 tonnes.
27 silos model 4.65/6 for bulk expedition with a diameter of 4.65 meters, a height to the eaves of 6.86 meters, total height of 15.58 meters and a capacity of 138 tonnes.
The facility has a total capacity of 250,168 tonnes for the storage of 200,000 tonnes of grain. Loading and unloading is done at 300 tph.

Cost of the plant has been around €4.5 million, not including the two extensions completed in the last year. The first extension included 10 silos model 7.64/17 and six silos model 5.35/12 for an additional capacity of 11,846 tonnes.

The second extension included five silos model 5.35/11 and three silos model 5.35/15 for an additional capacity of 2,817 tonnes.

Brock distributor completes Czech project in record time

In record time of six months, Pawlica Ltd., a distributor of Brock Grain Systems, Milford, Indiana, U.S., completed a state-of-the-art, after-harvest line for Czech Republic farm group RHEA A.S. The company works on 16,000 hectares in the border area with Austria.

RHEA handles wheat, barley, canola, sunflower and maize. It has a total storage capacity of 33,000 tonnes in silos from Brock. All the silos have full floor aeration, strong ventilating systems for canola, side discharge systems for trucks and towers with stairs and wide catwalks.

Storage silos include four model 85-04833 with a diameter of 14.63 meters, an eave height of 26.86 meters, total height of 30.91 meters and capacity of 4,675 tonnes; four model 85-05432 silos with a diameter of 16.45 meters, an eave height of 26.05 meters, total height of 30.33 meters and capacity of 5,780 tonnes; and one model 1-58-24316CHB with a diameter of 7.31 meters, an eave height of 17.3 meters, a total height of 19.26 meters and a capacity of 620 tonnes.

Other equipment at the facility includes a conveying system grain pump with a capacity of 270 tph from Hutchinson Mayrath. It helps speed up intake from the field and shorten the line of trucks. Other conveyors came from Skandia-Elevator, Sweden, with capacities of 120 tph and 250 tph.

With the new grain pump system, it was possible to avoid all canals or holes and keep the technology above ground. This also makes the foundation easy and more economical.

Aspiration and cleaning is done with Gebr. Ruberg machines that have circular rotation sieves that use a recirculation system of air and automate regulation of input and air. The STELA dryer can handle up to 40 tph of very wet maize in one process. It is made of hard aluminum, has an active recirculation system of hot air, an active dedusting system up to 20 mg per tonne, moisture regulation and an automated process.

This was Brock’s fourth project for the group. Total cost was $3 million for the technology and $1 million for construction and roads. Pawlica noted that this storage facility shows how nice it can be to combine the best European and U.S. technology.

Brock also is supplying equipment for the Newcastle Agri Terminal Pty Ltd (NAT) rail receiving and ship loading terminal in Carrington, New South Wales. Construction is under way on five Brock silos for a total storage capacity of 59,745 tonnes of wheat.

The facility, which will primarily handle wheat, barley and canola, is expected to start operations in late 2013.

SCAFCO supplies silos for Mexican grain trading company

SCAFCO, based in Spokane, Washington, U.S., recently supplied corrugated galvanized flat-bottom and hopper-bottom steel silos for a grain trading company in Mexico.

SCAFCO supplied externally stiffened flat-bottom silos measuring 32 meters in diameter, 13.3 meters at the eaves, and 22.5 meters at the peak. Each silo has a heavy-duty roof cap, a rafter-supported roof and a 597-millimeter x 660-millimeter access door in the second ring. Each silo also has a side discharge chute for loading trucks and a quad aeration system with four 10-KW centrifugal fans. The storage capacity of each silo is 10,000 tonnes of maize.

The two hopper-bottom silos, each with 220 tonnes of storage capacity, are 6.4 meters in diameter and 13.6 meters at the peak, and were supplied with aeration. The smaller, 105-tonne elevated truck load-out hopper-bottom silo, supplied without aeration, measures 4.6 meters in diameter and 12.1 meters from the bottom of the galvanized steel support legs to the peak.

The silos were designed to U.S. standards for 122-kg-per-square-meter roof live (snow) load, 144 kilometer-per-hour wind speed and engineered for seismic conditions.

The grain handling equipment was supplied by Lambton. Capacities are 150-tph loading and 100-tph unloading. A grain dryer was supplied by Mega.

AGI supplies equipment for Russian seed plant

Tretiakovskiy Maslozavod, an oil crushing plant in the Voronezh region of Russia, recently added grain storage and handling equipment to its facility. The facility handles sunflower seeds.

Ag Growth International, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, installed Twister storage bins, model 6X75-12C, with a capacity of 5,124 tonnes each. Other equipment installed included chain conveyors and bucket elevators with a capacity of 200 tph.

Turkish oil factory adds seed storage silos

Aves İç ve Dış Ticaret, a new oil factory in Mersin, Turkey, has initiated a multi-seed crushing, refining and bottling plant as part of its goal to penetrate deeper into the edible oil industry.

MYSILO, Aksaray, Turkey, installed 12 canola and sunflower seed storage silos at the Mersin facility. Each silo is 18.33 meters in diameter, 25.35 meters tall at the eaves with a total height of 30.33 meters. Capacity for each silo is 7,112 cubic meters for a total capacity of 85,454 cubic meters. The elevator and chain conveyors have a capacity of 200 tph.

The turnkey project by MYSILO, which cost €2 million, included steel construction, all electricity with a PLC Scada System, installation and a truck lift.

Aves supplies 20% of total Turkish crude sunflower seed oil imports thanks to the SAVKA off-shore vessel loading/discharge platform. It is a unique facility for the country, featuring a 13.5-meter draft and state-of-the-art fire-fighting and environment protection systems. Aves has created a one-stop model in the industry through the integration of port and terminal services and supply.

The Mersin facility will crush sunflower seed, soybeans, canola, cotton seed and linseed. Initial crushing capacity will be 500 tonnes per day, increasing to 1,500 tonnes per day in the second phase of the project. A de-hulling unit will allow production of high protein meal, which is currently scarce in Turkey. Refining and bottling capacity will be 400 tonnes per day, and two different crude oils will be refined and bottled at the same time. In the fully integrated facility, 55,000 tonnes of biodiesel can be produced per year.

FRAME supplies wheat storage silos to company in Bangladesh

Bashnundhara Food & Beverage Industries, Ltd., Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April 2012 completed the addition of six wheat storage silos to its facility.

The No. 6 flat-bottom silos were supplied by FRAME, Bologna, Italy. The six silos, model FP27/26, each have a capacity of 10,000 tonnes for a total capacity of 60,000 tonnes based on wheat at 780 kg/cubic meter. Diameter of the silos is 24.56 meters with an eave height of 22.95 meters and an overall height of 30.15 meters. Loading and unloading capacity is 300 tph.

Panama port facility adds Chief storage

Desarollo Posicional S.A. (DEPSA) recently added 15,000 tonnes of storage capacity to its port facility in Colon, Panama. The facility imports grains such as maize, wheat and soybeans to supply the local demand for these commodities.

Chief Industries, Inc., Kearney, Nebraska, U.S., provided four Chief bins model CB18-18 with a capacity of 3,750 tonnes each. The bins are 17 meters in diameter, 19.4 meters tall to the eaves with a peak height of 24 meters.

Since it is a port facility, the bins had to be G140 galvanization for greater resistance to rusting and corrosion, and were upgraded for seismic zone No. 2. In addition, pilings had to be used on the foundation to reinforce the ground in order to fill the bins to capacity without them sinking.

Chief also supplied the loading and handling equipment including catwalks and towers consisting of one bucket elevator model CBEG42 with a capacity of 400 tph. The chain conveyors for grain bin loading are model CHIC, 21 inches x 21 inches, combined with HiRoller 26-inch belt conveyors for unloading.

Cost for the equipment was about $1 million.

Mulmix provides storage facility in Kurdistan, Iraq

Mulmix Facco, Padua, Italy, built a greenfield wheat storage facility in Kurdistan, Iraq from December 2011 to October 2012. Total capacity is 60,000 tonnes with a central cleaning tower and two wings with 12 storage silos each. An 8-meter high concrete slab contains three waste collection silos and two quick-loading silos for vehicles.

The FP1480/22 cereal storage silos are composed of corrugated S350 GD (UNI EN 10346) structural steel sheets with Z350 galvanized covering (equivalent to 450g/m2 of zinc). The structure is externally reinforced with S350 GD (UNI EN10346) structural steel upright columns anchored on the basement with plugs or log bolts.

Each of the 24 steel storage silos, model FP1480/22, are 14.821 meters in diameter, with a cylinder height of 18.27 meters and a total height of 22.55 meters. Each has a capacity of 3.369 cubic meters for a total capacity of 80.856 cubic meters.

The reception includes two 5.5-meter-by-4-meter pits, adequate for the back unloading of vehicles. One is equipped with an 18-meter-by-3-meter folding platform.

The tower is approximately 30 meters high. Inside the tower are two cleaning lines including a drum pre-cleaner for the removal of thick wastes followed by a sieve cleaner for the removal of fine wastes.

The vertical transport in the tower is performed with bucket elevators built in conformity with the directive 2006/42/CE on machinery, and they were supplied according to the directive 94/9/CE on equipment and systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Mulmix supplied the motoreductor for Atex 3D atmospheres and also the anti-flood sensor positioned on the unloading hopper, the revolution control on foot, anti-skid sensors positioned on the chain and anti-burst chimney with membrane.

The chain conveyors are built in conformity with the directive 2006/42/CE on machinery and they were supplied according to the directive 94/9/CE on equipment and systems intended for use in potentially explosives atmospheres.

All the chain conveyors for reception and silos loading have a capacity of 200 tph.

The thick waste is collected in a separate area in big bags or removed with mechanical paddles. The fine waste is redirected with tubular screws to an elevator and sent to two LL4750/6 silos through a conveyor.

The light waste produced by filters, deriving from the suction of machines and cleaners, is sent to a LL4750/6 silo through a pneumatic transportation device. The chain conveyors for waste loading have a capacity of 30 tph.

All three LL4750/6 silos have a diameter of 4.75 meters, cylinder height of 7.02 meter, total height of 7.93 meters and a capacity of 124 cubic meters, for total storage capacity of 372 cubic meters.

A weighbridge along with the flow scale and the load cells positioned under the CR quick vehicle loading silos, permit the control of the entering and exiting quantity of product and the quantity of waste thrown away. Bucket elevator model ET75/33 provides loading of 200 tph.

The two quick-loading silos, model CR3700/7, have a diameter of 3.74 meters, cylinder height of 5.86 meters, total height of 11.72 meters and a capacity of 62 cubic meters for a total capacity of 124 cubic meters.

The whole plant is managed via an electrical panel with PLC control. Total cost of the project, including civil works, was $19.5 million.

Ukrainian oil crop processing facility adds Behlen storage silos

GradOliya Ltd., an oil crops processing facility in Kirovograd, Ukraine, recently added more than 60,000 tonnes of storage capacity and grain handling equipment. The facility handles sunflower and rapeseed.

Ukraine-based The Adept Group carried out the supply and installation steel silos and grain handling equipment from Behlen Mfg. Co., Columbus, Nebraska, U.S. Work was completed from March 2012 to August 2012.

During project development, modern requirements for the organization of technological processes in grain storage and processing were considered, as well as the conditions of operation of the facility and its ability to expand.

Advanced methods of construction and project management were used to optimize the time and budget of the facility, and eliminate the impact from fluctuations in the price of steel and construction materials.

Construction was done with a consideration for minimizing consumable metal. The equipment was assembled in a way to ensure the minimum length of sections within regulatory requirements.

Each of the three Behlen corrugated steel silos with internal stiffeners, model 32x25, have a diameter of 32 meters, height to the eaves of 25 meters and a total height of 33.87 meters. Capacity per silo is 22,267 cubic meters for total capacity of 62,454 cubic meters.

Other equipment installed included bucket elevators with a dump height of 22.5 to 51 meters, en-mass conveyors, a portable temperature control system, and electric and manual gate valves. Total cost of the project was $3 million.

Bulgarian sunflower company adds capacity

Grain Systems, Inc. (GSI), Assumption, Illinois, U.S., added another European project to its portfolio with a new Bulgarian partner. ROSA, a joint stock company for the purchase and processing of sunflower, recently added to its grain storage and handling capacity at its facility in Popovo, Bulgaria. The company produces vegetables, sunflower expeller, sunflower meal, hydrated sludge, fatty acids and sunflower husk briquettes.

In its first project with ROSA, GSI provided bins, hopper tanks, cleaning machines, material handling equipment and support structures. The total capacity of the material handling equipment is 135 cubic meters while total grain storage capacity is 46,530 cubic meters.

GSI installed the following equipment:

Two bins with an eave height of 14.68 meters and height to peak of 22.3 meters. Each bin has the capacity of 9,992 cubic meters and the unload is in a tunnel via a silo discharge gate package.
Two additional bins with an eave height of 13.87 meters and a height to peak of 22.7 meters have the capacity of 13,274 cubic meters, and unload is also in a tunnel via a silo discharge gate package.
The project was completed in 12 months and also included the installation of three hopper tanks, and other equipment such as one universal cleaning machine and two universal aspiration machines.

GSI is currently completing a project in the Netherlands with 30,000 tonnes storage and 250 tph drying capacity. The facility will be used for loading and unloading small ships and barges and is due to open this summer.

PTM Technology supplies handling equipment to Finnish soy processing plant

PTM Technology, Padua, Italy, supplied the general plant design, the handling equipment, including chain conveyors and bucket elevators, and a complete set of spouts and connections for Finnprotein Oy.

The early-stage soy processing plant established in Uusikaupunki, Finland, plans to extract protein from soybeans for the food and feed-producing industries. It is being designed in stages to process up to 400,000 tonnes of soybeans per year and produce a full range of soy products.

Each of Finnprotein’s three flat-bottom storage silos have a diameter of 20 meters, a height of 22 meters to the eaves and a total height of 27.9 meters. Capacity of the handling equipment is 300 tph.

For hazardous areas, PTM supplied ATEX-certified machines. The external machines are suitable for temperatures below 30 degrees C.

Value of the Finnprotein plant is about €100 million.

Lambton providing extra capacity to Nicaraguan maize facility

A maize storage facility with total storage capacity of 14,800 tonnes in Nicaragua, designed and installed by Disatyr, a representative of Lambton Conveyor Limited, Florence, Ontario, Canada, is adding grain storage and a warehouse. The expansion will add 8,000 additional tonnes of grain storage while the warehouse will allow the facility to receive various meals.

The facility has four externally stiffened SCAFCO silos with 3,700 tonnes of capacity each, with a diameter of 72 feet and an eave height of 36 feet. Loading and unloading equipment includes 12-inch by 17-inch and 20-inch by 14-inch Low Profile-curved incline Lambton conveyors, with a 30-inch diameter pulley and 11-inch by 7-inch bucket elevators for a capacity of 150 tph.

It includes Lambton catwalks and a complete line of Lambton accessories including a dual inlet pendulum electric distributor with five positions.

The new expansion will include four externally stiffened SCAFCO silos, each with storage capacity of 2,000 tonnes, that are 54 feet in diameter and 36 feet at the eaves.

Symaga, cimbria provide equipment for Russian seed facility

ZAO Agroforce Group recently opened one of Russia’s largest seed processing plants in the Tatarstan region. The complex includes a silo plant with 40,000 tonnes of storage capacity and two 20-tph seed processing lines.

The shipment of goods started in January 2012 and erection of the facility commenced in February 2012. The silo plant has already completed its first harvest season. Both seed processing lines have been put into operation.

Symaga, Villarta de San Juan, Spain, provided the silos for the project while Cimbria, Thisted, Denmark, provided the handling and monitoring equipment as well as dryers.

Symaga constructed model 1223/18T45 hopper silos for the greenfield project, the biggest hopper silo on the market. Due to the need to complete the project in eight months, Symaga said there was a short delivery time and very fast production of the silos.

The hopper silos have slopes of 45, 60 and 66 degrees. Total storage capacity is about 43,000 tonnes. Dimensions for the 27 silos include:

Six silos with a diameter of 12.23 meters and a height of 20 meters.
Six silos with a diameter of 9.93 meters and a height of 22 meters.
Six silos with a diameter of 9.2 meters and a height of 20 meters.
Six silos with a diameter of 8.4 meters and a height of 10 meters.
Three silos with a diameter of 3 meters and a height of nearly 5 meters.
The plant has three 80-tph intakes and pre-cleaning lines, and three Cimbria Double Column dryers, type DMG-20, 42-tph (19%-14% moisture content wheat). The storage silos are equipped with a Cimbria Unitest system for monitoring the grain and seed quality during storage.

There are two complete seed processing lines with fine cleaner, indented cylinders and gravity tables. For the seed lines, Z-elevators have been used for gentle handling of the seed. Seed treatment is performed on two CC-250DUO CentriCoaters (2 x 30 tph). The treated seed will be transferred either to the bulk silo or big bags.

The complete facility is operated from a Cimbria PLC and PC control and automation system.

Sukup expands grain storage at Port of Novorossiysk

The first phase of a project in which 184,000 tonnes of storage capacity was installed was recently completed at a shipping terminal in Novorossiysk, Krasnodar Region, Russia. Novorossiysk is Russia’s main port on the Black Sea and the leading Russian port for exporting grain.

Sheffield, Iowa, U.S.-based Sukup Manufacturing Co. and North American Industrial, Inc. worked together to complete the project for JSC Combinat ‘Stroycomplect.’

Novorossiysk is located in an active seismic zone of Russia. Special considerations were made to foundation design, bin design, towers and gallery structures to accommodate for the seismic activity in this region. Special bins were designed and manufactured by Sukup for high seismic zones. These bins sit on massive reinforced concrete foundations.

The building time for the first phase of the nine grain storage bins was one year, but the entire port facility was under construction for over three years. The first phase of the project includes Sukup grain storage bins with over 110,000 tonnes of wheat storage. The facility will be expanded in the second phase with six more Sukup grain storage bins with a storage capacity of 74,000 tonnes for a total of 184,000 tonnes of wheat storage, thus making it one of the biggest grain ports in Russia.

The first phase included five 90-foot diameter, 24-ring bins with an eave height of 26.8 meters and peak height of 35.1 meters. Each of these bins has a wheat storage capacity of 13,978 tonnes. The first phase also included four 78-foot diameter, 24-ring bins with eave height of 26.8 meters and peak height of 34 meters. These four bins each have a wheat storage capacity of 10,588 tonnes.

The second phase, which is scheduled for next year, will include three 90-foot diameter, 24-ring bins with an eave height of 26.8 meters and a peak height of 35.1 meters. Each of these bins has a wheat storage capacity of 13,978 tonnes. The second phase will also include three 78-foot diameter, 24-ring bins with an eave height of 26.8 meters and peak height of 34 meters. Each of these bins has a wheat storage capacity of 10,588 tonnes.

Each of the two rows of bins has two 800-tph chain conveyors or four total bin loading chain conveyors. This means that two bins can be filled simultaneously with different types of grains or one bin can be filled at a rate of 1,600 tph as incoming train loads are being emptied.

Each row of bins has an 800-tph belt conveyor that takes grain out to multiple portable ship loading machines that transfer grain at a rate of 600-tph each from the conveyors to the ships.

BBCA adds wheat storage to flour mill

In its second project with Evren Flour Mills, BBCA Storex, Tekirdag, Turkey, added an additional 48,000 tonnes of wheat storage capacity. In the first project, BBCA also provided 48,000 tonnes of storage to the Turkish mill.

Each of the eight silos has a capacity of 6,000 tonnes with a diameter of 20.08 meters, an eave height of 21.05 meters and a total height of 26.33 meters. Handling capacity is 250 tph.

BBCA said the project was completed in three months.

Bühler adds eight silos to Ukrainian grain facility

While Bühler Grain Logistics, Beilngries, Germany (formerly Schmidt-Seeger), had already done some business with Mrija, it completed its first major silo project with the company in October 2012. Bühler constructed eight steel silo bins for maize and other grains, for a total capacity of 130,000 cubic meters.

The Kozowa, Ukraine facility also has a rail intake line with a capacity of 150 tph, two truck intake lines with a capacity of 100 tph each, one rail loading line with a capacity of 200 tph and two truck loading lines with a capacity of 200 tph each.

Cleaning machines were added including a Schmidt-Seeger TAS206A-6 with a capacity of 200 tph and a Schmidt-Seeger TAS206A-6 with a capacity of 150 tph. For maize drying, a Schmidt-Seeger dryer system with a total capacity of 66 tph was also installed.

Sweet continues 10-year relationship with La Barca, Mexico facility

In the last decade, Sweet Manufacturing Company, Springfield, Ohio, U.S., has partnered with Agroindustrias La Barca, S.A. de CV, a commercial rail car and truck receiving grain facility in La Barca, Mexico. The facility processes different varieties of grain, primarily wheat at up to 420 tph.

Sweet has partnered with the facility on multiple expansions, including multiple load-out grain points and an additional rail car reception location. The most recent expansion included three Silver-Sweet bucket elevators and more than 190 meters of Flite-Veyor 26 series horizontal drag conveyors.

The elevators are supported by three 8-foot by 8-foot Goliath Support Towers, while the conveyors are supported by 90 meters of Silver Span catwalk.

Libyan flour mill adds wheat storage capacity

Altunas-Obial recently completed the installation of wheat storage silos for the Al Jawdah El Faiga flour mill in Bingazi, Libya. The project was completed in two and a half months.

Installation included six silos for a total capacity of 32,952 tonnes. Each of the model DT2417 flat-based silos have a diameter of 21.67 meters, an eave height of 15.49 meters, a total height of 21.59 meters. Wheat capacity for each silo is 5,492 tonnes at 6% compaction.

Other equipment installed includes a 205-tonne capacity cleaner, a 205-tonne capacity loading elevator, a 110-tonne capacity unloading elevator, five 205-tonne capacity chain conveyors and three 110-tonne capacity chain conveyors.

Total cost for the silos and related equipment was €850,000 ($1.1 million).

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