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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:00cat

Franki's geotechnical work for the construction of Cervejas de Moçambique’s new brewery

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Aerial view of the site showing Franki’s three piling rigs Aerial view of the site showing Franki’s three piling rigs

Franki Africa (a Keller company) is the largest, oldest and most established specialist contractor in sub-Saharan Africa. Franki had to call on all its experience to meet the array of challenges for the construction of a new brewery in Mozambique for Cervejas de Moçambique (CDM), a subsidiary of the largest global beer brewer, AB InBev. The project is the largest investment by CDM in Mozambique and is scheduled to produce its first batch of beers by the end of this year, giving its construction a very tight timeline.

"Franki was entrusted to carry out geotechnical work on the project and was responsible for the installation of foundation and lateral support piling for different structures of the brewery, like the BBT Tanks and Unitanks, Raw Material Silos, Malt Intake and Mill House," explains Marta Botelho, Contracts Engineer at Franki Mozambique.

The ambitious project timeline for the construction of the new brewery was made more challenging by a late start to the project due to external constraints. Other challenges include the shortage of suitable cement close by.

With a total of 60 people on-site, including 18 subcontractors for steel fixing, Franki's project scope encompassed different piling technologies, including continuous flight auger (CFA) piles and driven cast-in-situ piles, also known as Franki Piles, with diameters ranging from 410 to 800 mm. According to Marta Botelho, CFA piling is a fast system with no vibration and limited noise levels. Franki Piles, on the other hand, are the most economical and reliable piling system in southern Africa and have an extensive range of pile sizes.

To execute the project, the company had a range of equipment for each of the setups. Franki managed to pull all the stops to ensure partial handover of the foundations and lateral support and allow the main contractor to carry on with the works.

Source: Keller's Press Release

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