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25 May 2017

Metso’s cutting-edge aggregates plant for Insee Aggregates

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
Insee Aggregates has selected Metso to supply a full-scope, state-of-the-art quarry processing plant for Suphanburi quarry in Thailand. The delivery covers all the advanced crushing and screening equipment, full electrical plant design, automation software and hardware, as well as related services and sustainable optimisation.

Well stocked with a large proven resource, Suphanburi quarry is owned and operated by Insee Aggregates, a part of Siam City Cement Company, Thailand's second-largest cement producer. After its completion, the new Metso plant will be the most modern processing plant in Thailand for the production of high-quality aggregates, with an estimated production capacity of 2 million tonnes/year. The in-the-pit mining and crushing and screening plant will be located northwest of Bangkok. The new plant is expected to start production in 2018. The total value of the contract is not disclosed.

"Siam City Cement entered the quarrying business over 10 years ago with a vision to be Thailand's premium, high-performance aggregate supplier. The Suphanburi quarry is a highly strategic operation, providing aggregates to the Bangkok market. While the expansion objective of this project was to double the existing crushing capacity via the construction of a new line, it was of utmost importance that quality and production performance was never compromised. Our target was to build a world-class plant with sustainable processing operations, using the most advanced equipment and processes available. In summary, we wanted a low-cost/high-productivity, environmentally responsible operation," says Craig Bickley, CEO Siam City Concrete (SCCO).

"Metso's approach to this design and construct project was to invest considerable time, effort and resources to ensure they had fully understood and captured our requirements and needs, and then to advance our thinking in new and innovative ways. We were impressed with Metso's industry-leading, energy-saving solutions and sustainable optimisation services. Achieving our ambitious vision was only going to be possible with the participation of an advanced, reliable and proven international partner. This, combined with a strong local presence and knowledge, was the compelling reason we selected Metso," Bickley continues.

"We are very proud to be the supplier and partner of Insee for this unique project. We have a track record of delivering what we promise, and we have the project management capabilities and the process know-how to execute projects with many sources of supply to meet the customer's demanding time frame," says Campbell Johnston, director, Systems Sales Aggregates Business Line, Minerals Capital business area at Metso.

Metso's delivery covers the crushing and screening plant, including five crushers, five vibrating screens, plant and overland conveyors, steel structures and chuteworks, ancillary equipment, electrical and automation, as well as related services, such as installation, start-up, commissioning and technical direction.

Insee Aggregates was founded in 1969. Headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, Insee Aggregates is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The company  has divisions in cement, concrete, autoclaved aerated concrete, waste management service and composite building materials.

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