Pipe Conveyor ensures dust-free Transportation of Ore Concentrates
Transportadora Callao S.A., the logistics operator of a special cargo terminal in the port of Callao, Peru, relies on a Beumer Group pipe conveyor for the transportation of zinc, copper and lead concentrates of different mining companies from the warehouse to the terminal.
Transportadora Callao S.A., the logistics operator of a special cargo terminal in the port of Callao/Peru, relies on a Beumer Group pipe conveyor for the transportation of zinc, copper and lead concentrates from different mining companies from the warehouse to the terminal. With its ability to navigate curves in three dimensions, the conveyor can be optimally adapted to its transport route of approx. 3000 m. What is even more important: the conveying system prevents the concentrates from getting in contact with the environment and ensures dust-free transport to the ship’s holds. Beumer Group was responsible for engineering and supply of the complete conveying system, including the steel structure, as well as for supervision of the system installation and comissioning.
Callao is located directly on the Pacific Ocean. With 877.000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities of Peru, with the largest airport in the country and one of the most important fishing and commercial ports in South America. A modern ship loading terminal for ore concentrates was built in this port and it is operated by Transportadora Callao S.A.
View from the pier: the last section of the pipe conveyor runs along the sea to the transfer tower.
About 75% of the imports and exports of Peru, one of the most important mining countries world-wide, are handled in Callao. In order to satisfy the increasing demand for these valuable materials, the Peruvian government decided to expand the port. Besides additional storehouses, the plans also foresaw the largest, most modern ship loading terminal in the country. Peru also wanted to change the way the raw materials were transported to the ship loading areas. Before the construction of the special terminal, trucks were used to transport the concentrates from the warehouses to the terminal.
The pipe conveyor ends at the transfer tower, where the material is transferred to the ship loading system.
“Since Transportadora Callao started its operation, they could reduce the number of truck transports by 130.000 per year,” explains Victor Sam, CEO at Transportadora Callao S.A. The company, a consortium comprising five enterprises from the mining and port industries (manufacturers and warehouse logistics operators), obtained a license from the state of Peru for building and operating the necessary infrastructure.
Pipe Conveyor: dust-free Conveying
The mines, situated in central Peru, deliver their concentrates to warehouses located approx. 3 km away from the port. Transport from the warehouses to the port required a fully enclosed solution to prevent particle emission into the atmosphere. Transportadora Callao opted for the Beumer Group pipe conveyor. The direct contact person and project partner was Helmut Wolf from Beumer Group Austria GmbH: “Together with the responsible persons from the customer, we developed a solution that is perfectly adapted to the routing and the ambient conditions.”