Located in the district of District of Évora, municipality of Montemor-o-Novo, the Herdade de Benafessim quarry has been in operation since 1994. One of the 11 quarries of the major Portuguese construction group Mota Engil S.A., the quarry produces aggregates materials mainly for the internal consumption of the construction group, but also for some other, smaller customers.
Being a large, internationally operating construction group, Mota Engil has operations in 23 countries spanning from Europe to Africa and Latin America. The group is among the 25 largest construction companies in Europe with holdings in more than 200 companies. Mota Engil has been involved in numerous major infrastructure projects in Portugal, including one of the largest bridges in the world, Vasco de Gama, which rises 150 m above the River Tagus in Lisbon, and is more than 17 km long.