Zambian Lime producer Ndola Lime recently took delivery of a Pilot Modular crushing and screening plant that will enable it to produce aggregate to feed a booming construction industry. According to Pilot Crushtec sales manager, Africa, Wayne Warren, the current situation in the Zambian construction industry is akin to what was happening in South Africa in the period preceding the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The impressive range of Pilot Crushtec equipment at Ndola Lime.
"Zambia is growing its infrastructure at an ever increasing rate, expanding road and rail networks and constructing power stations, all of which is geared to exploiting its mineral wealth. The production of aggregate is critical, and Ndola Lime alone has firm orders for more than 50 000 t of aggregate, which will keep its new plant busy for the next two months."
The plant comprises a Pilot Modular/TRIO MJ2436 jaw crusher, a Pilot Modular/TRIO MC90 cone crusher, Pilot Modular DD4815 and DD3615 double deck screens, a Pilot Modular MC800 20 m conveyor, three Pilot Modular MC800 16 m conveyors, four Pilot Modular MC600 16 m conveyors and a Pilot Modular/TRIO CRP36 permanent overband magnet.
The correct choice of equipment is a critical decision in any new undertaking, and Ndola Lime Projects engineer Rodrick Chalwe explains that the company went to considerable lengths before making its final decision. "We did a lot of research to find out what is on the market and what equipment would meet our specifications. We also learned a lot from companies who are in the business of producing aggregate. The semi-mobile Pilot Modular plant met our specifications and a number of visits to the Pilot Crushtec factory outside Johannesburg left us happy that we were dealing with the right supplier."
The 13-piece Pilot Modular plant arrived at the end of May, and was assembled by Pilot Crushtec's on-site installation arm, InstalLink. It was up and running by early June.
"From the moment they arrived on site it was obvious the team knew what they were doing. They double checked everything and the whole process went smoothly," says Rodrick, describing the experience as ‘super'.
Warren makes the point that the Pilot Modular system delivers the customer a plant that is easy to understand and operate as it is built using standard components that can be adapted to suit individual customer requirements. Ndola Lime's experience of the plant in only its first month of operation proves that this is no idle boast.
"We purchased the plant on the understanding that it would deliver a guaranteed production of 100 tph. However with constant feeding we can achieve up to 150tph," says Rodrick. From Ndola Lime's perspective, the acquisition of a Pilot Modular plant has not only gained it entry into the market, but provided it the leverage to supply customers with aggregate produced to any product size or specification on demand. Product ranges from the mobile crusher are as follows: 0-7 mm, 7-14 mm, 14-19 mm and 19-30 mm.
The future looks bright as an increasing number of contractors are seeking bulk supplies of aggregate to feed their projects. Ndola Lime has a considerable bulk of material with which it can meet these requirements and can step up production still further with the easy option of adding a larger crusher to its Pilot Modular plant.