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Saudi Arabia limestone production boost

First publishedin World Highways
September 2017
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Volvo wheeled loaders are used for material handling and loading duties across the site.
Saudi Dolomite runs a processing plant in Abqaiq, which is located in the desert, 80km south-west of the capital of the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, Damman.


Covering an area of 250,000m², the plant processes 5,000tonnes of material/day and runs its around-the-clock operation seven days/week.

Volvo CE wheeled loaders are helping increase productivity at a processing plant in Saudi Arabia. And the firm has long relied on machines from Volvo CE to help in production. “We have a long relationship with Volvo,” says Ali Al Mubarak, managing director at Saudi Dolomite. “We started out with two small BM wheeled loaders over 30 years ago and due to their uptime and reliability, in what are really harsh conditions, I’d say we have grown this business together.”

Saudi Dolomite’s crushing and calcination plant produces lime (pure calcium oxide) and dolime (calcium oxide with magnesium content) from limestone rock found in the two quarries it sub-contracts. Volvo BM L150 and Volvo L180F wheeled loaders are used for material handling and loading duties across the site.

Required to work 12-hour shifts, the machines have passed the 50,000 hours mark. Saudi Dolomite also operates 35 Volvo on-highway trucks for shipping in addition to wheeled loaders. The machines were supplied by FAMCO, Volvo CE’s dealer in the region, which also provides the service that helps ensure the uptime needed.

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