AMECO Reclaimer for Bagasse in the Dominican Republic

AMECO Reclaimer Tackles Renewable Energy Resource Bagasse Challenge in the Dominican Republic

New reserves of fossil fuels are becoming increasingly harder to find leading the power generation industry to look for alternative fuel sources. Power plants that can use biomass as their feedstock, such as agricultural residues, herbaceous crops, wood crops, and forest residues, are thus becoming a solution.

The Dominican Republic has set out to tackle its fuel import dependency by investing in a renewable energy resource, which can help meet domestic energy demands while delivering socio-economic benefits.

AMECO has just installed a Reclaimer, currently in its final stages of commissioning at a 30MW biomass plant in the Dominican Republic. This is the first biomass plant connected to the country’s National Interconnected Electric System (SENI), which uses sugarcane bagasse as feedstock.

AMECO’s Reclaimer will be able to handle 70 tons of bagasse per hour allowing the power plant to offset more than 80,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and meet certification for the United Nations Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

Bagasse plays an important role in the rapid development and growth of the country’s internal and external markets.

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AMECO Shiploader for Urea in Bahrain

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. Stays with AMECO for Shiploader revamping in the Kingdom of Bahrain

AMECO has just completed the electrical and automation revamping of a Shiploader in operation at Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC) for the handling of bulk urea granules.

The revamping work consisted of the upgrade of all instruments and cables, automation system, and the operator’s cabin.

Future spare parts will now be more accessible and enhance the efficiency of the 1000 ton/h failure-free Shiploader.

Rigorous testing was carried out on the electrical system before delivery to the Client to ensure ease of installation.

AMECO’s combines its first-class predictive maintenance and innovative revamping services with its superior product delivery and dedication to service Client’s needs.

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Chantier-ecole au Lycée des métiers du BPT Gustave Eiffel de Cernay, Avril 2018 © Jan Kopp

AMECO takes part in sponsoring Utopia House Project in Mulhouse

AMECO is proud to be a sponsor of the Utopia House Project in Mulhouse, which started in Autumn of 2016 and will be completed in 2019.

Utopia House is a sculptural masterpiece, created by Jan Kopp for and with the students of St Joseph de Cluny High School.

The ultimate goal is to build a recreational room for the students of St Joseph de Cluny High School, through the construction of a wooden, Alsatian designed boat. Various workshops have been carried out at La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, teaching students the art of research and experimentation in order to construct the boat.

The boat has already gone through numerous buoyancy tests and is currently in the construction phase to be fit for a 417 km journey along the Rhone-Rhine canal. Utopia House will be navigated by the students of St. Joseph de Cluny High School and become part of Jan Kopp’s solo exposition at the Foundation Bullukian in May of this year in Lyon.

Utopia House will then be on display at La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, to be turned upside-down and become the roof of their future recreational hall.

AMECO is proud to be investing in the education of Alsace’s future generation, contributing to safeguarding the future of our youth in such a rewarding project.

Photo: Chantier-ecole au Lycée des métiers du BPT Gustave Eiffel de Cernay, Avril 2018 © Jan Kopp


AMECO completes first stage Portal Reclaimer commissioning for Azerbaijan fertilizer plant project

In March 2018, AMECO successfully completed the first stage commissioning of one portal reclaimer for SOCAR’s (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic) new urea plant in the industrial area of Sumqayit, near Baku.

AMECO designed, manufactured and supervised the installation of the 43-metre rail span portal reclaimer. This fit-for-purpose equipment is able to handle 210 TPH (tons per hour) of urea with a total storage capacity exceeding 60,000 tons.

Erection and commissioning was jointly performed by AMECO and Samsung Engineering and Construction Ltd, the EPC contractor for this project.

AMECO demonstrates its capacity to conquer new regions within the Commonwealth of Independent States and form partnerships with worldwide EPC players.

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AMECO Elevator Travelling Scraper 2

Fertilizer handling spreading far and wide



The origins of the French equipment manufacturer AMECO lie in the fertilizer and mining industry. When it was founded, in 1932, the company was part of the Alsatian potash mines. It went from providing them with maintenance services, to supplying them with conveyors, and eventually delivering all types of equipment to fulfill their material handling needs. To this day, the fertilizer industry remains an important market for AMECO. Its stockyard solutions are able to handle a wide range of solid fertilizers:

  • nitrogen fertilizers (e.g. ammoniumnitrate, ammonium sulphate, urea);
  • phosphorus fertilizers (e.g. phosphaterock, superphosphate);
  • nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (NPK) fertilizers;
  • potassium fertilizers (e.g. potassiumchloride, potassium sulphate);
  • sulphur fertilizers (e.g. calcium sulphate/gypsum).

The fertilizer industry is known for its strict environmental regulations. These regulations are mainly focused on limiting harmful emissions. AMECO’s indoor storage solutions aid fertilizer manufacturers in controlling such emissions and thus complying with such regulations. AMECO offers solutions for both longitudinal and circular stockyards. The latter are particularly interesting where space is limited.


One of the largest fertilizer manufacturers in the world, Engro Fertilizers, Pakistan, has been equipped with two AMECO machines: an AMECO conical rotary scraper, and an AMECO elevator travelling (ET) scraper. AMECO supplied and commissioned this equipment to make the handling of Engro’s urea operations more reliable, which in turn has led to greater efficiency and lower operational costs.


Engro Fertilizers Limited, a subsidiary of Engro Corporation, is a major fertilizer manufacturing and marketing company having a vast portfolio of fertilizer brands optimized for local cultivation needs and demand. Engro is the first company to have setup a urea production facility in Pakistan, a landmark event in the agricultural sector of the economy. This, together with the fact that urea is the most widely used fertilizer in the country, gives Engro a special standing in the domestic fertilizer market.

Engro’s fertilizer manufacturing facilityin Daharki has been experiencing ongoing expansion and has set up the world’s largest single train urea plant with a capacity of 1,300,000 tonnes, making Engro Fertilizers poised to become the leading urea manufacturer in the country. This dynamic company is driven by avision to improve productivity and lifestyle for thousands of farmers across Pakistan, and AMECO is humbled to be part of this goal of tradition and trust.



Fertilizers such as ammonium nitrate, urea and NPK are commonly manufactured as prills. Prills are formed by allowing drops of the melted prill substance to congeal or freeze in mid-air after being dripped from the top of a tall prilling tower. AMECO’s rotary scrapers are designed to reclaim fertilizer prills efficiently from the bottom of prilling towers and can be flat prilling tower reclaimers or conical prilling tower reclaimers, designed specifically to fit the shape of the tower floor.

The rotary scraper is composed of a structural boom with scraping blades that rotate around a central point. Rotation is activated by means of a slewing drive, designed as a dual drive system. This system ensures that the scraper can continue to operate, even if one of the drives is undergoing maintenance. The reclaimer rotates at the bottom of the tower and loads the prills onto a conveyor belt located below a trough installed inside the tower floor.

A conical rotary scraper for urea was installed at Engro Fertilizers in Dahaki, Pakistan. Engros rotary scraper works around the clock reclaiming the urea prills falling from the tower directly into a downstream conveyor. In this case, the discharge point into the downstream conveyor is located on the centre of the prilling tower base, adjusting to the tower floor by adopting the same angle. AMECO is a major supplier of rotary scrapers, especially for urea granulation towers, delivering its bulk handling equipment in fertilizer production plants throughout the world.


The machine begins operating at the end of the stack and, by a pivoting action, lifts the material from the heap and takes it away by means of an underground conveyor or by a bucket elevator fitted to the machine.

The ET scraper pivots a few degrees left and right at the summit of the stack. As soon as the rake chain leaves the stack, the pivoting actions tops, the scraper arm is lowered to a few degrees and the pivoting action is resumed in the opposite direction. The main advantage of this reclaimer lies in the fact that the stocking area can be used to its maximum. It is designed to reclaim bulk materials from a reclaimer travelling in the pile right up to the roof of the stockyard.


Design, engineering and manufacturing for customers are at the heart of AMECO’s operations. The company is committed to supplying its clients with excellent after sales services, wherever they may be in the world. Its service offering includes the following:

  • oversee, organize and co-ordinate the erection, commissioning and/or start-up of AMECO-supplied equipment by a third party contractor.
  • complete erection, installation, and commissioning of equipment from unpacking to the handover;
  • maintenance services by a multilingual team of inspectors and engineers, covering all its customers worldwide, including inspections, refurbishment, preventive maintenance and repairs.
  • ensuring clients always have the right spare parts available, not only at the right time and place, but also at the right price;
  • keeping long lead items in storage for emergency parts.

AMECO Shiploader for coal, Norway

AMECO: the power of know-how

AMECO delivers the latest-generation, robust quality bulk handling equipment. Its products include, for example, stackers, reclaimers, and shiploaders. Manufacturing in Europe, the company has over 380 references on every continent in the cement, commodity food, fertilizer, mining, power generation and pulp and paper industries. AMECO was founded in 1932 in Alsace, a French region that lies in between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River, bordering both Germany and Switzerland. Having closely worked with the Alsatian potash mines, AMECO went from providing maintenance services, to the supply of conveyors, to delivering all types of equipment to fulfill material handling needs. This technology allowed AMECO to develop into different markets, such as glass factories and electricity power plants where bigger storage facilities were required at the time. In the 1950s, AMECO was well known in France and the surrounding countries. At this time, it was one of the first Western European companies providing machinery to Russia and the Eastern bloc. This early international focus, not usual at the time, is the origin of AMECO’s global presence today.


AMECO has a strong presence in the coal industry. Many power plants run on hard coal and lignite. These power stations employ strategic bulk material storage facilities, in which coal of different originsand diverse quality levels is temporarily stored. AMECO also offers export solutions for handling coal. Portal reclaimers have been historically the star product of AMECO since 1932 andare at the heart of the cement and mining industry for coal handling systems. AMECO has great expertise in this type of longitudinal stockyard, and its reclaimers handle a wide range of bulk materials, including woodchips, urea, ammoniumnitrates, gypsum, iron ore and more. AMECO reclaimers can be combined with a stacker, creating a full storage system. Its stackers also combine slewing, luffing and travelling movements to create piles with as little dust emission as possible. AMECO machines can be specially adapted in order to be able to work with corrosive, abrasive or very humid materials.

AMECO portal reclaimers can be installed inside or outside a storage building. For outside applications, a single boom portal reclaimer (PS1) is the normal choice. For this type of machine, thes craper arm is long enough to reach across the pile. For inside applications, double boom portal reclaimers (PS2) provide the advantage of being more compact. The bucketwheel reclaimer is used in applications where high reclaiming rates are required, such as power plants, mines and steel mills. The storage system operates with independent stacking and reclaiming functions. Bucketwheel stacker-reclaimers are available in both circular and longitudinal design. The most essential element of a bucketwheel excavator is the large wheel fitted with a series of buckets used to scoop material as the wheel turns. AMECO is a major manu facturer of shiploaders for a wide range of industries. This fits in well with its focus on providing equipment to handle bulk material for sea transportation. AMECO shiploaders are used to load coal, all types of grains, woodchips, urea or potash. Depending on customer requirements, AMECO can provide a fit-for-purpose shiploader model, for example endowed with anti-collision features:

  • shiploaders on rails (travelling shiploaders), which can move along the jetty alongside the vessel, in order to reach the full loading area of the ship’s hatches.
  • stationary shiploaders, which are generally used when environmentally hazardous material is to be loaded. The premium encapsulation of a stationary shiploader feed route prevents the release of hazardous bulk material into the environment.

The boom of AMECO’s shiploaders can rotate clockwise and anti-clockwise (slewing motion of the boom) and go up and down (luffing motion of the boom) to perfectly load the ship hold and to adjust according to the water elevation, to the ship size, and to the ship’s increasing draught as it is loaded. AMECO also offers blending beds that homogenize the coal. This ensures that the product has a consistent quality, which inturn increases the efficiency of the power production process.


AMECO successfully supplied two single boom portal reclaimers to handle coal at a rate of 1,000tph (tonnes per hour) to the Mitsui-Daewoo Consortium in 2011. These two reclaimers are currently in operation on Jorf Lasfar Electricity Company’s new units 5 and 6 in Morocco, creating a third of Morocco’s total power output.


A project AMECO is particularly proud of is the delivery of a shiploader to load coal onto sea vessels at a capacity of 2,000tph to Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani. This Norwegian company operates the world’s northernmost mine in Svea, Svalbard. Due to the polar weather conditions, AMECO had to respect very strict delivery dates, completely re-examine its design, and ship the machine fully assembled. AMECO took all these challenges in its stride and the project was completed to the client’s satisfaction.


Equipment which is still in operation today is the installation of a bucketwheel reclaimer in 1970 at TPP Nikola Tesla Power Plant, Obrenovac, Serbia. The key advantage of a bucketwheel system is the ability to efficiently move large volumes of dense material. By far the largest power plant in Serbia, TPP Nikola Tesla generates around 16TWh annually which covers almost half of Serbia’s needs for electricity.


Other major customers for AMECO include AMEC Foster Wheeler, Toyo Engineering Corporation, Kiewit Corporation, Samsung E&C, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Technip. End users include SIAM, LG&E, Cellulose, Qatar Fertiliser Company, SABIC, Holcim, Rio Tinto to name a few.


Design, engineering and manufacturing for customers, is at the heart of AMECO’s operations. It is committed to supplying its clients with excellent after-sales services, wherever they may be in the world. Its service offering includes the following:

  • Oversee, organize and coordinate the erection, commissioning and/or start-up of AMECO supplied equipment by a third party contractor.
  • Complete erection, installation, and commissioning of equipment from unpacking to the handover.
  • Maintenance services by a multilingual team of inspectors and engineers, covering all its customers worldwide, including inspections, refurbishment, preventive maintenance and repairs.
  • Ensuring clients always have the right spare parts available, not only at the right time and place, but also at the right price.
  • Keeping long lead items in storage for emergency parts.


Close collaboration with customers and feedback on their experience is crucial to AMECO and helps it to improve design based on what customers have to say. The company values its customer expertise and opinions in order to enhance its operations and services. AMECO follows the customer through its journey from the initial installation phase to the lifecycle of the machine.


Remote maintenance is just one aspect of AMECO’s belief in keeping up with technological developments. This userfriendly and mistaken proof software and interface allows AMECO machines to be monitored remotely for detecting malfunctions, better informing its customers. AMECO recently completed the commissioning of one fit-for-purpose portal reclaimer handling urea at 480tph, with a rail span of 54 metres for a nitrogen operations facility in Texas.

AMECO team designed and supplied an innovative urea storage solution with aportal reclaimer able to drag urea up to 20°below ground. Storage capacity was thus increased by 50% in comparison to the standard solution available from other suppliers on the market. Power consumption has also been reduced by re-injecting electricity back into the grid, in turn reducing operational expenses. This first-of-a-kind piece of equipment demonstrates AMECO’s superior product delivery and dedication to serve clients’needs in fertilizer, pulp, biomass as well ascoal power plants and port terminals leveraging 85 years’ experience in machine design combined with best-in-class predictive maintenance. Last but not least, AMECO knows that its customers operate in sensitive industries and it is one step ahead of its competitors in terms of machine safety and protection against external intrusions attempts.

Portal Reclaimer for urea, Nitrogen Operations facility, TX, USA

AMECO Successfully Completes Commissioning of Portal Reclaimer in Texas

AMECO has completed the commissioning of one fit-for-purpose Portal Reclaimer handling 480 tons per hour urea with a rail span of 54 meters at a Nitrogen Operations facility in Texas for a major global producer.

AMECO team designed and supplied an innovative urea storage solution having a Portal Reclaimer able to drag urea up to 20 degrees below ground.

This Portal Reclaimer enabled the facility to increase its storage capacity by 50% in comparison to the standard solution available from other suppliers on the market.

This first of its kind piece of equipment demonstrates AMECO’s superior product delivery and dedication to serve clients’ needs in fertilizer, pulp, biomass and coal power plants and port terminals leveraging 85 years’ experience in machine design combined with best-in-class predictive maintenance.

Read more about our reclaimers on our website.

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AMECO Inter-transport fair, Odessa, 2016

Ameco at the Inter-TRANSPORT 2016 fair in Odessa

AMECO had the opportunity to present its ship loading solutions to the visitors of the Inter-TRANSPORT 2016 fair held at the Exhibition Complex of the Odessa Sea Port (Ukraine) from the 1st to the 3rd of June. This fair is a reference for port terminals and logitics, a fast-growing sector in Ukraine.

AMECO is very active in Ukraine thanks to our representative office in Kiev.


More info about the fair


Revamp of CSS system for woodchips at Visy Paper, Australia

In March 2016, AMECO successfully assisted Visy Pulp with the replacement of the main slewing ring on one of the three AMECO Circular Storage Systems handling woodchips at Visy Pulp’s plant in Tumut, NSW – Australia. The three AMECO circular stacker/reclaimer machines located in Tumut, Australia have been in continuous operation since they were commissioned in 2000. The central slewing ring is a critical part that allows the rotation of the reclaimer arm and due to it’s position on the central column, supports the entire weight of the upper structure of the stacker/reclaimer, a total load of >40 tons.

The replacement of this slewing ring required disassembly of the stacker boom and the upper part of the central tower, which gave our technical specialists the opportunity to closely inspect and re-adjust all the elements of the machine.

AMECO’s maintenance teams are always available to our clients for inspections of installed machines, and can often propose improvements that will benefit the daily operations of the plant and extend the life expectancy of AMECO systems.

AMECO test success: Rotary Scraper for urea prilling tower, Indonesia

Rotary Scraper for prilling tower PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (Pusri), Indonesia

The new PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (Pusri) Urea production plant will be equiped with an AMECO rotary scraper. AMECO has supplied and commisioned this equipment together with the EPC, a consortium between Toyo Engineering and Rekayasa. The prilling tower scraper works 24h/7d reclaiming the urea prills falling from the tower directly into a downstream conveyor. AMECO is the world leader in the supply of rotary scraper for urea granulation towers.