December 02, 2016

Bolivia opens concrete sleeper plant

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PRODUCTION of pre-stressed concrete sleepers has started at a new plant built in Bolivia by Bolivian Cement Company (Soboce) and equipped, set up and tested by Wegh Group, Italy.

The new plant can produce more than 500 sleepers per day. The sleeper are designed for use with Pandrol FD fastenings. In the first phase of production, the sleepers will be laid on the new 148km line linking Montero with Bulo Bulo.

The $US 250m railway will serve a new fertilizer plant at Bulo Bulo, which is being constructed by Samsung. The project suffered a setback in 2015 when the Bolivian government cancelled contracts with Chinese companies for failing to make adequate progress on the two sections they were responsible for.

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