Local company completes Malaysian project, Mining Weekly, 30 May 2014

South Africa-based materials handling services provider DemcoTech Engineering has completed a four-year contract for the multimillion-dollar iron-ore import/export facility in Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, for Brazilian major mining group Vale. The complex includes an ore storage yard and a marine terminal with a 60-million-tonnes-a-year capability.

Work started on the facility in 2010 and the first two vessels – with a deadweight tonnage of 400 000 t – carrying ore to the Malaysian Terminal, were offloaded earlier this year.

The scope of DemcoTech’s work on the project covered materials handling engineering and support services for the establishment of the facility, says company GM Paul van de Vyver. The company also pro- vided operational readiness services, including the preparation of operational and maintenance manuals and training modules.

The regional distribution centre comprises a deep-water jetty and an onshore stockyard that receives iron-ore from Vale’s mines in Brazil and distributes it to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, he explains.

Van de Vyver tells Mining Weekly that the project is one of many based outside South Africa that the Johannesburg-headquartered company has been working on, following a decline in local projects.

“With the current depressed mining industry in South Africa, our focus has been outside the borders of the country – in Africa and South-East Asia – where we provide mine-to-port materials handling solutions.”

Van de Vyver says the success of the Malaysia project has added to DemcoTech’s extensive record in port and materials handling. “We have completed projects in Lesotho, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Mali,” he adds.

Van de Vyver further highlights that the company’s recent work illustrates DemcoTech’s capability to undertake small- and large-scale projects ranging from a turnkey contract for a shuttle conveyor for a miner in South Africa, to the overall design of the multibillion- dollar iron-ore import/export facility in Malaysia.