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Complex of quartz production factories in Ain Sokhna

Wednesday، 20 September 2023 - 02:05 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated on Thursday, 5/25/2023 a complex of factories for quartz production in Ain Sokhna in the Suez Governorate.

The complex of quartz production factories is considered the best example of achieving the maximum benefit from mining raw materials and raising their economic value, as the project was implemented by the National Service Projects Agency for the Armed Forces.

The project is classified as the first of its kind in Egypt, Arab and African countries, and the first in the world in terms of integration of the production process, through establishing factories to produce various products from quartz raw material, such as chips, slabs, stones, powders, etc.

Quartz is a hard, crystalline mineral composed of silica (silicon dioxide). The atoms are linked in a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving an overall chemical formula of SiO2.

Quartz is found in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, and is characterized by its extreme resistance to mechanical and chemical weather factors, which makes it the most famous mineral on mountaintops and the main component of beaches.

Quartz is used in many industries, including the manufacture of photovoltaic cells, solar panels, and high-quality quartz panels.

Quartz is used in the ceramics and electronics industries. Quartz crystals have been used to give an accurate frequency to all wireless transmitters and radio receivers.

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The project is based on exploiting high-quality raw materials from the Red Sea mountains, where the purity of quartz reaches 99% in a mine in Marsa Alam city.

The project contains five factories; the first crushing plant for quartz ore is in the quartz mine area in “Marwa Al-Suwaiqat” in Marsa Alam on an area of 250 thousand square meters to crush quartz ore into small sizes of (3 - 5) cm. The other four factories are in the Ain Sokhna area on an area of 300 One thousand square meters. They are the main crushing plant for quartz ore to crush the output of the first crushing plant into smaller grains with sizes from (3 - 5) mm after performing optical separation and washing operations, and two factories to grind quartz ore into very fine grains from the output of the main crushing plant according to the specifications required to enter part Of which to produce quartz slabs.

The production capacity of the first crushing plant (CPA) at “Marwa Al-Suwaiqat” area in Marsa Alam city is 140 thousand tons/year by working in two shifts. Also, the production capacity of the main crushing plant (CPB) in Ain Sokhna city is 140 thousand tons/year by working in two shifts. The output of the first crushing plant is broken into smaller granules with sizes of (3 - 4) mm after performing the optical separation and washing processes.

The production capacity of the quartz ore grinding plants (MPA-MPB) in Ain Sokhna is 140 thousand tons/year by working in two shifts, where very fine granules are produced from the output of the main crushing plant according to the specifications required to enter part of it to produce quartz slabs with a production capacity of 438 thousand m2/year by two working shifts.

All environmental measures were taken, such as the use of clean energy sources in the project, as electrical energy was relied upon to operate all equipment and production lines with the exception of the boilers that were operated using natural gas. In addition to establishing a water desalination plant with a capacity of 300 m3. Water recycling plants used in production lines to reduce water waste are also natural resources, with a total capacity of 556 m3. Green spaces are also taken into account and fruit trees are planted to preserve the environment.

The project succeeded in obtaining the international accreditation ISO certificate No. (14001/2015) in the field of Environmental conservation:

The quartz factory complex gained the international accreditation ISO certificate No. (14001/2015) in the field of environmental conservation.

The latest scientific systems for testing and quality control were also taken into account during and after the manufacturing processes. The complex includes a number of specialized laboratories that were established and equipped with the latest laboratory equipment. The most qualified engineers and chemists specialized in this field enabled the project to obtain the ISO 9001 certificate.

The latest standards in the field of occupational health and safety were applied, making the complex eligible to obtain the ISO 45001 certificate, in addition to establishing an automated firefighting and extinguishing network to secure the quartz production factory complex, and the project was approved by the civil protection authorities.

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