SOMEVAM, a subsidiary of the Tunisian Sebri Group, has announced plans for a significant investment in the development of its second CDE wet processing solution for the production of high-specification silica sand products.
Sebri Group will work with its wet processing partner, CDE, to design and engineer the new plant, which will be located at SOMEVAM’s quarry in Oueslatia.
The company has operated sand quarries in Oueslatia, Tunisia, to serve the national construction market for the past two decades. Here, SOMEVAM was producing a range of sand and aggregate materials for the construction sector.
Its management team identified an opportunity to further diversify the business by expanding into the glass sands market to strengthen its commercial proposition in the region, and, in 2019, commissioned its first CDE solution at the site. This silica sand wash plant has the capacity to treat up to 200 t/h of sand, producing 100 t/h of silica glass sand for the glass industry, as well as a range of secondary products including fine silica sand for silica flour production, foundry sand, concrete sand and road base.
Investment in a second silica sand wash plant comes as SOMEVAM records significant interest in its future production output, CDE said. The plant will produce silica sand, which has applications in paints, coatings and inks, adhesives and sealants, pharmaceuticals, lighting and more, as well as silica for flat glass applications such as windows, mirrors and flat glazing.
CDE’s Senior Project Manager, Bassem Idriss, said: “We’re very pleased to once again partner with Sebri Group on this exciting project announcement that will significantly expand SOMEVAM’s silica sand processing and production capacity. Its previous investment in CDE technology exemplifies our commitment to engineering excellence and is one of the most advanced plants of its kind.
“Sebri Group recognises that superior product to meet the demands of the market requires an equally superior processing solution and, as such, this investment will complement the existing CDE solution in Oueslatia to further strengthen its position and capitalise on growth opportunities in the glass sands market.”
Habib Sebri, Owner and Chairman of Sebri Group, said: “Following a hugely successful venture into the glass sand industry with our first CDE plant, we sought an additional plant to meet the growing demand for our products. We are excited to partner with CDE once again on this new project to maintain the quality and consistency of our offering, and we thank all of those partners who helped secure funding and provided their expertise and resources to help make this ambitious project a reality.”
CDE said it and Sebri Group look forward to expanding on this announcement and sharing more detail about the development of the new SOMEVAM silica sand wet processing solution in the Oueslatia region over the coming months.
With authorisation from the Central Bank of Tunisia, funding for this investment was secured with the support of UK Export Finance, AF Capital, Apple Bank, and supported by British Embassy Tunis, according to CDE.