SA Asphalt plant know-how paves the way in the DRC

Comar continuous mix asphalt plant was recently deployed on a road construction project in North Kivu Province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo where it is producing asphalt.

Delegates from the DRC visited South Africa to view the Comar plant during construction.

Delegates from the DRC visited South Africa to view the Comar plant during construction.

The plant, which has a capacity of between 40t and 60t, was delivered to the provincial government by South African asphalt plant specialist, Comar Plant Design & Manufacturing late last year.

The modular nature of the plant and its self-erecting design philosophy facilitated rapid set-up time as there was no need for heavy equipment such as cranes, or any major preparatory civil works. This is a major advantage when operating in outlying areas with limited road and other transport infrastructure.

At site it was decided to forego the automated central control system and opted for its manual operation function.

Representatives of Comar Plant Design & Manufacturing trained local operators at the plant. Technical back-up service will be provided from the company’s premises in Gauteng and when required, considering that these plants are robust and can be easily maintained on site.

The growing interest in this technology in the DRC justified the opening of a dedicated office in the country’s capital, Kinshasa. It is headed up by director, Mekebawa Michel Lumbala.

The plants are manufactured in South Africa and based on its proximity to markets in Africa; the company has secured orders in Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

B&E International and Comar Plant Design & Manufacturing have a solution to help African governments accelerate their large infrastructure delivery programmes, which include kilometres of greenfields and brownfields road projects.


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