TAKRAF, with roots dating back to 1725 and with more than 1,000 employees worldwide, is a company of Tenova - a worldwide partner for innovative, reliable and sustainable solutions in metals and mining, headquartered in Italy. Tenova is part of the Techint Group, comprised of six main companies with an international reach; leaders in the areas of engineering, construction, oil & gas, industrial plants and healthcare.
Guinea, situated on the west coast of Africa, boasts the world’s largest reserves in bauxite, a raw material utilized for the production of alumina, which is used in the smelting of aluminum, a metal important in the aviation industry, automobile fabrication, and many more durable goods manufacture.
Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG), jointly owned by the international mining houses ALCOA,RIO TINTO, DADCO and the State of Guinea, mines and exports bauxite for more than 50 years and has put in place an ambitious program to increase their export capacity, for which TAKRAF supplies equipment for the unloading of rail wagons and crushing and conveying of the bauxite. A major challenge is the brownfield character of the works, which means that the new supplies and modifications to the existing plant have to be carried out whilst the installation is in operation. Very limited plant downtime and difficult conditions for logistics are a further challenge.
TAKRAF is executing this contract in close cooperation with their subsidiaries in the USA, China and South Africa, whereas the project lead is based in Leipzig, Germany. TAKRAFs CEO Dr. Frank Hubrich underlines the importance of this project for the implementation of the company in the important markets in western Africa and praises the good cooperation between the different entities of the company.
The commissioning of the plant is scheduled for the 2nd half of 2018.