Suikerunie stores 100,000 tonnes of pressed pulp
These days, Cosum Beet Company (formerly: Suikerunie) extracts everything from sugar beet, more than just sugar. It is a source of innovative solutions for current societal challenges and a sustainable future. Suikerunie was already involved in this in 2012 when Bosch Beton installed retaining walls for eight silage clamps for the storage of pressed pulp for the sugar beet processor.
We were contracted to build eight silage clamps for the storage of 100,000 tonnes of raw material for a Suiker Unie Green Energy biodigester plant. The silos’ retaining walls are 110 metres long and over 27 metres wide with partition walls of 4 metres high. This contract comprised a total of 420 elements for which we carried out the calculations, delivery and installation.
When processing sugar beet a residual product remains: pressed pulp. Suikerunie then used this residual product as fuel in a new biodigester plant on its own grounds. The choice for high-strength concrete will considerably delay the impact of acids during storage.
Bosch Beton created a customised solution for the corners in the rear wall. The corners were poured together with the retaining walls, ensuring that the walls connect seamlessly.
The installation of the TW retaining walls went quickly: 170 metres of retaining wall per day. Ten trucks ran from and to the Bosch Beton plant, at that time still located in Kootwijkerbroek.
Suikerunie’s decision to work together with Bosch Beton was based on price, the contribution of ideas and the fact that the walls were better than those offered by other suppliers.
If you would like to know more about this project or our customised retaining wall solutions for storage, please feel free to contact our consultants.
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