A complete crushing and screening plant
Algeria is the largest country in Africa, located in the north of the continent. The country has experienced a steady growth in the aggregates market since the beginning of the 2000’s, with infrastructure and construction developing steadily.
In 2015 Betonex and Metso signed a contract for the design, delivery and installation of a complete crushing and screening plant to Betonex's newest quarry in El Hamra-Mansourah, in the Bordj Bou Arreridj region of Algeria to fulfill growing market demand and the company’s goal to exceed the annual production of 3 million tonnes of aggregates with production start-up end 2017.
Karim Benseba, Manager of Betonex, is the second generation to run the Algerian business after their father. Betonex, part of the Benseba Group, has a long history of working with Metso, the first joint project took place in 2008, at the company's other operation, El Mehir Agrégats. “We chose Metso for our second installation based following the technical advice and recommendations on spare parts of our first investment. Metso operates in Algeria and imports spare parts on our behalf, making it easier for us to service and maintain our facilities.”
Growing with demand
The market demand for aggregates in the construction sector continues to be high in Algeria with governmental programs focusing on public works, such as housing programs, extending road and highway infrastructures such as the Hauts Plateaux highway, and the new expressway between Anhif and Bejaia and the railway sector.
Betonex saw the opportunity and made a decision to grow: “In 2012, we decided to invest in a 500-tonne-per-hour installation. Our goal is to exceed 3 million tonnes per year.” explains Karim Benseba about the reasons spearheading this second plant.
A complete aggregate plant solution was commissioned from Metso to grow the business. “The project specifications focused as much on the health, security and environmental aspects for the operators as the production output. Metso’s plant solution includes feeders, conveyors, crushers and screens, a dust suppression system as well as a complete automation system. For the primary stage, Metso installed a Nordberg® C160™ jaw crusher and a PREMIER ES™ horizontal screen, the first ones in Algeria.” Comments Pierre Taoufik, Project Manager, Metso.
In compliance with Algerian standard for aggregates, Betonex’s company goal is to produce high level aggregates quality mirroring European standards.