The DomeSilo is 134 feet in diameter with a storage capacity is 40,000 metric tons, and McInnis will continue utilizing existing flat storage as well. To maximize the terminal’s abilities, McInnis selected a barge unloader rated at an aggressive 800 metric tons per hour.
Dome Technology executed a prime contract directly with McInnis for the dome storage, structural steel and mechanical work for pneumatic transport and cement reclaim. More specifically, these tasks required installing a truck lane, steel storage silo, DomeSilo, structural-steel convey piping support, stair platform with connecting structural-steel bridge to the dome apex and a reclaim tunnel. The team also installed an FLSmidth Ful-Floor reclaim system.
In addition, piping on the loading side needed to be routed up and over the existing warehouse; it then was anchored to a structural stair tower as it climbed to the dome apex. Load bearing on the warehouse wasn’t an option, so a new truss and structural-steel supports carry the weight.
“Dome Technology has been very good to work with. They’ve been very flexible and accommodating,” Demers said.