Lintec & Linnhoff’s containerised asphalt plant Lintec CSD2500B builds major highway in Egypt
5 Sept 2023
Major Egyptian contractor Rsquared Construction chooses the equipment for its ease of transport and low fuel consumption to build road link connecting Aswan’s industrial areas with main Cairo highway
important municipal highway contract in Aswan, Egypt. The plant belongs to Rsquared Construction, one of Egypt’s leading privately owned construction and infrastructure companies. It played a crucial role in building the approximately 3km-long Semad Highway connecting Aswan’s industrial estates to the Cairo–Cape Town Highway.
Installed in January 2023, the Lintec CSD2500B began production in February and mixed over 300,000 tonnes of asphalt for the project, with an average output of 500 tonnes per day. While impressive, this performance is well within the plant’s capacity, given its ability to deliver between 140 and 160 tonnes per hour (tph) at its maximum.
The plant will now be moved to another project, supporting Rsquared’s ambitious business expansion plans. “We bought this plant with the aim of expanding our operations and opening a new branch in Upper Egypt,” explains Mohamed Abdel Raouf Hussein, CEO and founder of Rsquared Construction. “Having the plant there will be a major attraction for projects and will help secure more work in the area.”
A key reason behind Rsquared’s purchasing decision was the ease with which Lintec CSD models can be dismantled before traveling to the next project. The modular design, built entirely within 100% ISO certified sea containers, lends itself to efficient, economical transportation, and makes the plants ideal for short- and long-term projects. Their flat, rigid design also speeds up installation by eliminating the need for concrete foundations.
Lintec facilitates smooth setup by pre-assembling each plant at the manufacturing stage, before subjecting them to rigorous testing to ensure the highest reliability.
In addition, the containerised design provides the internal components with a high level of protection against the elements, while reducing noise and dust emissions. On the Aswan project, one of Rsquared’s challenges was coping with the tropical desert climate, with its harsh, sandy conditions that can easily damage unprotected equipment. But thanks to the intelligent design of the Lintec CSD2500B, there were no such concerns for the contractor, with the mixing plant maintaining the highest-quality production in temperatures that often pass 30 degrees Celsius.
Easy access to all levels via walkways and staircases helps to reduce downtime when maintenance is required, while limiting access to one central, lockable security entrance was also important given the tight space available. “The congestion made it harder for us to work, but we have been involved in the roads and bridges sector since 1981, so it wasn’t a first for us – we have completed many projects under similar conditions,” Hussein continues.
The fuel savings provided by the double screen drum technology were another attraction for Rsquared. The combination of heating and screening of minerals in a single process unit, eliminates the need for a hot elevator and vibrating screen, thereby significantly reducing energy costs and maintenance requirements.
“This was an essential project for the Aswan Governorate and part of the presidential initiative to provide a higher living standard for the people of Upper Egypt,” adds Tony Chakra, Regional Sales Manager (Middle East & Africa) of Lintec & Linnhoff. “So, in addition to the high equipment requirements, Rsquared placed great importance on production safety and stability. Of course, with our German engineering heritage, Lintec has gained widespread recognition from customers for this, as well as for batching accuracy and mobility performance.”