Cullen Grummitt & Roe was commissioned by the Sokhna Port Development Company (SPDC) to review proposed operational parameters, handling techniques and layout concepts related to the import of coal through the Port of El Sokhna, Egypt.
The local Egyptian steel production in El Tabbin, Helwan processes coking coals into metallurgical coal and associated by-products. The plant's annual consumption was about 1.8 million tonnes of coking coal which was imported through the Ports of Alexandria and Dikheila in Egypt. SPDC was interested in handling this volume of coking coal through the new port facilities which were being developed at El Sokhna. Shipments in the order of 100,000 tonnes were planned.
The imported coal is sourced mainly from Australia, the United States and Canada. As a part of the desire to handle coal through the Port of El Sokhna, and as a component of this project, SPDC and CGR consulted with a major coal supplier to discuss the potential for the shipment of coal through the port and to review their specific handling needs.
CGR’s role in the project included a review of the planned handling facilities in order to allow the staged introduction of coal through the port. Important considerations included dust suppression and other environmental concerns related to handling of coal in a general cargo facility, in order to ensure cross-contamination was minimised. Equipment requirements for handling the coal, both on the quay and in the yard, were reviewed.