PORT SAID, EGYPT — Cimbria is supplying a silo complex at Port Said, Egypt that includes eight bins with a capacity of 12,500 tonnes each for storage of wheat.
This is first silo complex at the port, located at the entry point of the Suez Canal, for the secure storage of imported wheat.
Cimbria has done business in Egypt for more than 30 years and has delivered 2.5 million tonnes in storage capacity to the nation. However, this is the company’s first Egyptian port silo complex.
“The 100,000-tonne silo complex for Port Said will be an important contributor to secure food storage in Egypt,” said Sami Salah El Din, regional director of Cimbria in Egypt. “Therefore, we are very proud to support the Egyptian government’s efforts on securing safe and sufficient food for the growing population of Egypt with this order.”
Every year, the government of Egypt imports around 9 million tonnes of wheat from countries like Russia, Ukraine, France, America, and Australia. A significant share of the imported wheat is used to produce 300 million pieces of the traditional Egyptian flatbread balady daily. Balady is an important part of the everyday diet for the population of 100 million people in Egypt. Additionally, the private sectors are importing around 3 million tonnes of wheat for white flour.
Port Said’s new silo complex includes grain bins, conveyor systems, fully electronic control system, and loading equipment for railways and trucks. It is designed with state-of-the-art technology and the operation of the complex will require onsite training for the operators.
“The complex is a strategically important part of the Egyptian government’s aim of building safe stockpiles of grain and wheat reserves as a withstand to fluctuations in market prices due to future market developments,” said Salah El Din.
The construction of the new silo complex in Port Said will be done with local labor and will be managed with onsite supervision from Cimbria. The work started this February and is expected to be finished within two years. The funding of the complex is cofounded by the government of Egypt and OPEC Fund for The General Company for Silos and Storage (GCSS).