Three barge loaders, each with a capacity of 3,500 tonnes an hour, load inland waterway vessels along the Hartel harbour. The product is transported from the site via conveyor belts. The Hartel harbour is 950 m long and 5.25 m deep.
The largest bulk carriers can berth along this 1280 m long quay. The Mississippi harbour is 21.65 to 23 m deep. Five unloaders (two 50 tonnes and three 85 tonnes) are available so that number of seagoing ships can be unloaded at the same time.
Sea-going vessel loader
In 2012 a new Sea-going vessel loader was added to the equipment with a capacity of 6.000 tph. The quay of 500 meters makes it possible to load shortsea vessels and barges to supply Europe with coal and iron ore.
Coal wagon loaders
EMO has at its disposal two coal wagon loaders; their combined daily capacity is 16 coal trains. In addition, we have an iron ore loader, which can load six trains a day.
Transport conveyor belts
An impressive 42 km conveyor belt across our 160 hectares connects the entire site.
Recently a 7th Stacker Reclaimer is added to the equipment. The stacker-reclaimers reach will cover practically the entire storage area. The new one is the largest of its kind in Europe and is capable of reclaiming up to 4,500 tonnes of material an hour.
Built in the 1990s, the prominent silos meet customers’ specifications in blending coal to the right mix. Currently the silos play an important role in the underground supply of coal to the E.ON power plant. In loading trains, they also are used as storage buffers for stock.
Washing and screening installation
Depending on the customers’ specifications, coal can be washed and screened to achieve a higher quality product.
Located in the office: personnel, the maintenance department and a large storeroom.
Comprehensive water reclamation, storage and recycling system
For water reclamation purposes, both rain and the water used by sprinkling systems is stored and recycled via a closed drainage circuit.
The 'Friendly Giant'floating crane has been part of EMO's machinery since 1998. This crane is often used for board-to-board loading from seagoing vessels to inland waterway barges.
Transport conveyer belt serving E.ON
An underground transport conveyor belt continuously supplies E.ON with sufficient product so that E.ON always has enough stock on hand.
GDF Suez construction
EMO's closet neighbour is GDF Suez. GDF Suez is building a high efficiency, 800MW capacity coal and biomass power plant on its site. The power plant, after a lag period, can use up to 50% biomass as fuel. With biomass, CO2 emission is the same or less than a gas-fired power plant. It complies with the strictest emission standards and when it starts production in 2013, it will be one of the cleanest and most efficient coal/biomass power plants in the world.
With a surface area of 160 hectares, equivalent to 100 soccer fields, EMO is the biggest dry bulk goods terminal in Europe. At this size, EMO can store enormous quantities of coal and iron ore, thus enabling clients throughout Europe fast and easy access to the desired amounts of their stock, which is constantly replenished with dry bulk from all over the world. Coal, for example, is shipped from Columbia, Australia and Russia while iron ore reaches EMO from Brazil, South Africa and Canada.
EMO is not just a market leader because of our huge size. Certainly, our fast and efficient unloading of seagoing carriers, our coal-blending technology and loading facilities for various means of hinterland transport make us unique. To remain a market leader and continue to improve our services, we keep the EMO terminal in top condition. Increasing capacity and improving performance are two crucial EMO objectives. EMO is dedicated to expanding services. And last but not least, EMO is also evaluating the effect our terminal has on the local environment, and reducing dust and noise pollution to diminish our impact upon the local community. Key to all these developments is the theme of safety.