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Jun 1, 2023

Improving crusher economy with O-Series wears in Herdade de Benafessim

Herdade de Benafessim quarry, owned by Mota Engil S.A. in Portugal, has been using O-Series crusher wear parts in their tertiary crushing station since 2022 with strong results.
Aerial view of the Herdade de Benafessim quarry, owned by Mota Engil S.A. in Portugal.

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.

Employee at the Herdade de Benafessim quarry, owned by Mota Engil S.A. in Portugal.

The Herdade de Benafessim quarry processes granite for a wide variety of needs, including concrete and asphalt production for civil engineering and road construction, and their annual production capacity is more than 600,000 tons. Mota Engil was awarded a significant project in consortium with a partner to build the final leg of the Southern International rail corridor between the town of Évora and the Spanish border. The quarry is producing 31,5-50 mm fraction railway ballast and 0-32 mm sub-ballast for the railway project.

The crushing process in Herdade de Benafessim has three crushing stages. The secondary stage has a Nordberg® HP400 and the third a Nordberg HP4, which the quarry obtained in 2022. They also have crushing line extension with a Barmac® impactor, for producing sand and fines for asphalt and concrete.

Metso Nordberg® HP4™ cone crusher
Metso Nordberg® HP4™ cone crusher

Balancing production and costs

The HP4 operates in closed side setting (CSS) and it produces two fractions, 6-14 mm and the final size 14-20 mm. The Nordberg HP4 replaced the earlier HP300 in the tertiary stage.  

To lower their cost per ton, the quarry started to use Metso’s O-Series wear parts in the HP300, and based on their good experience with their use, they have extended the same application on the HP400 in the secondary stage. In 2022 they invested in a new machine and replaced the HP300 with a new HP4. The plan is to continue to use the O-Series wears in the HP4 in tertiary, too, as soon as its warranty period is over. When changing from premium wear parts to the more affordable O-Series range in their tertiary crushing stage, their production capacity experienced a reduction of approximately 10%, but the cost savings are outplaying the production decrease and making their operations more cost-effective.

The quarry has their own modern rock laboratory where they analyze the material for the best crushing results. Over the course of time, the quarry has received many quality certifications including SO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and all their products are now CE marked.

We expect to achieve 10% less in terms of tons produced, but the production costs are much lower with the O-Series wear parts.
Sérgio Bento, Quarry Manager at Herdade de Benafessim
Sergio Bento from Mota Engil together with the distributor Ascendum and Metso staff.
Sergio Bento from Mota Engil together with the distributor Ascendum and Metso staff.

Looking to the future

With 20 years left in their license, the quarry has no plans to slow down. A new bank in the quarry face is in planning to be opened. With that, the quarry plans to move their crushers to a new location and after that update their equipment and modernize automation to keep up their momentum.

Read more about MOTA Engil S.A. on their website.

Metso is represented in Portugal by Ascendum Máquinas.

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