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QPMC hosts its second annual roundtable media discussions attended by editors and journalists from the local press

 

Qatar Primary Materials Company held its second roundtable meeting, which was attended by the editors and  journalists from local newspapers. The roundtable was hosted in QPMC’s Chief Executive Officer office, Engineer Eisa Al-Hammadi. A roundtable discussion that featured QPMC’s 2016 achievements and focused on  QPMC’s Bulk Materials Handling System (BMHS) plant.

Engineer Eisa Al-Hammadi’s welcoming speech:
Engineer Eisa Al-Hammadi commenced the media forum by welcoming the attendees through praising their positive role in serving the Qatari society, and said “I would like at the beginning of our meeting to stress my keenness regarding this annual roundtable meeting, for two main reasons: firstly, my conviction of the positive role played by the Qatari media at the level of serving the national causes, and your right to know the facts, and secondly, my eagerness, since I assumed my duties, to maintain the professional transparency in a national company such as QPMC, because the Qatari citizen has the right to know everything about this enterprise, which I entrust with a major mission equivalent to that of building the present and the future.”
Engineer Al-Hammadi considered that 2016 “was a long year of achievements, in which the conveyor belts project was executed and implemented, and in which we established the foundations for putting cement storage silos into action very soon, and a year in which we managed to pave the way for a real collaboration with the private sector as well as achieving a sustainable development to serve the Qatar 2030 Vision.”
Engineer Al-Hammadi concluded his welcoming note by saying “I will not dwell upon this speech, as time is precious, and it is the time of work and making achievements, and now, and before taking your questions and responding to them, I would like to thank you for your presence and participation in this media forum.”
Questions on conveyor belts addressed to Al-Hammadi were then sorted into four topics as follows:

  • The structure of belts and its mechanism of work.
  • The industrial objectives of conveyor belts.
  • The economic objectives of conveyor belts.
  • The environmental objectives of conveyor belts.

First Topic: The structure of belts and its mechanism of work
Engineer Eisa Al-Hammadi explained that conveyor belts are stretched along 4.8 kilometers, and begin practically above the sea where ships dock and from the Gabbro berths, and extend to reach storage areas. The belts work at the speed of 3 m/s allowing them to cut the whole distance into the storage yard in just 25 minutes.
Al-Hammadi further illustrates the structure of conveyor belts and listed the following determinants: increasing the discharge capacity of six cranes, four primary belts, two belts at the unloading station of Gabbro trucks, six stackers, a yard comprising 12 longitudinal spaces for storage, 11 power stations (two new major plants with a capacity of 33 KV plus five new substations with a capacity of 11 KV in addition to four other substations with a capacity of 11 KV), unloading station of Gabbro trucks from Berth 1 and the dock, the latest Order Management Systems (OMS) and two control buildings as well as some other buildings.


Second Topic: The industrial objectives of conveyor belts
Al-Hammadi stressed that belts directly serve major projects, infrastructure sector and constructions, while they contribute to meeting the needs of smart designs of that sector, as well as its efficiency, capacity, size and bulkiness.
He also added that conveyor belts have a primary role to play in decreasing the waiting period of ships at the dock and outside the port, in addition to their similar role of increasing the absorptive capacity of Gabbro trading berths 1, 2 and 3 at the Port of Mesaieed, to accommodate 30 million tons per annum instead of 16.5 million tons, with an increase of at least 81 percent. From this point on, berth 1 and the lateral berth were allocated to other primary materials, and thus, conveyor belts have contributed into increasing the port’s absorptive capacity to 37 million tons on annual basis up from 22 million tons, with an increase of at least 68 percent, which establishes a guarantee for the sustainability of strategic reserve of high-quality primary materials to serve Qatar’s current and future projects.


Third Topic: The economic objectives of conveyor belts
In this topic, Al-Hammadi tackles the economic objectives, in which he appears to have a firm belief that conveyor belts will support the Qatar 2022 World Cup project, as well as the Qatar 2030 Vision through the cover provided to keep up with these major projects. He added “Belts indirectly represent diversity in the sources of income and national economy through securing the requirements of the state’s major projects, as well as the direct contribution to enlarging the size of the national economy in general, in addition to expanding the contribution of the private sector, while enhancing its efficiency in carrying out projects.”
“Saving time, effort and cost for other phases of unloading and handling, transportation and storage operations through depending on the services provided by belts to the public and private sectors as well as contractors and importers of primary materials, contributes to the doubling of revenue and in maintaining the stability of prices of primary materials,” he explained.
Before answering questions on the fourth and final topic, Al-Hammadi argues that “securing the continuous presence of primary materials ensures the continued functionality of projects, which eventually puts Qatar on the map of countries that build the best economic practices on both international and regional levels.”


Fourth Topic: Environmental and humanitarian objectives of conveyor belts
The environmental objectives of the conveyor belts receive a great deal of attention from Al-Hammadi “because the citizen is the goal and the means in everything we do. Therefore, overlooking some humanitarian details that some may see as normal could lead in our work to negative results, and this is what we do not want for our country, for our citizens, or anyone living in Qatar.”
He added “hence, there is a great interest in the environmental aspect of the conveyor belts work, which are capable of providing world-class qualities to reduce the emission of dust, as the modern methods enjoyed by conveyor belts include reducing harmful emissions by 78 percent, and I mention beforehand, in the topic concerning the belts’ characteristics, the methods that are being followed to absorb dust.”
“Currently, one of our most prominent goals in this area, is to lay the groundwork for establishing modern national criteria in the field of countering dust that can be generalized to other mega projects in the state,” he stressed.
This is from an environmental perspective, while from a humanitarian point of view, “belts offer two essential services. First, it provides a sophisticated work environment that allows for raising workers' productivity, reduce injuries in workplaces, knowing that training and awareness raising are being provided to workers on daily basis regarding labor standards, handling the belts’ area, as well as mobility.”
“The other environmental/humanity service provided by conveyor belts is represented by reducing the consumption rates of transport network by trucks, which leads to a rise in security levels and a remarkable decline in the percentage of traffic accidents and injuries,” he concludes.


Cement storage silos to be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2017
At the end of the roundtable, Engineer Eisa Al-Hammadi surprised us by saying: "In fact, with the conclusion of this meeting, I'd like to announce to you the project that is outside of our meeting’s topics, but remains as important as the conveyer belts regarding its objectives that supports the Qatari economy, which is the cement storage silos project, that has come to an end, on hopes of going operational soon in the first quarter of the year 2017.”
Al-Hammadi enumerates the elements of the project as follows:

  • The project is located on berth 1 of the Port of Mesaieed, and comprises two cranes, 2 conveyor belts, 12 concrete silos with a storage capacity of 5,000 tons for each silo, with a total of 60,000 tons.
  • Cement materials would be transferred from the concrete silos to four iron silos to discharge the cement inside the trucks, with an unloading capacity of 250 tons per hour for each silo, and 1000 tons per hour in total, which is enough to fill up 40 trucks, with a payload of 25 tons each, every 60 minutes.
  • According to the project, cement ships will be unloaded at a discharge rate of no more than 2.5 days for a cement ship with a cargo that weighs 30,000 tons, which reduces the waiting time of ships.
  • One of the main objectives of concrete silos is to put an end to shortfalls and ensure the provision of cement and other concrete materials in a sustainable manner for current and future projects, as well as supporting the private sector.
  • Supporting the Qatar 2022 World Cup project, as well as the Qatar 2030 Vision.
  • Maintaining the stability of prices of cement materials.