DREDGERS PLUS MULTI-CAT FOR SALE
Comprising 20-inch DAMEN dredger (3 year-old), 18-inch DAMEN dredger, 1 Minicat, 1 Multicat, 2 kilometeres of pipeline, 2 containers of equipment and spares such as hoses, floaters and ancillary gears.
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The Abeokuta Sand Market
The scenic beauty of Abeokuta is complimented by a
rugged sand market which is being enlarged by spillover demand from
the Lagos market. The major source of the sand is the Ogun River which
snakes for miles through the contours of the old city. In comparison
to the neighbouring Lagos sand market, the one in Abeokuta is medium-sized.
While the Lagos market produces totally for itself, the Abeokuta sand
market targets heavy consumers in Lagos who are looking for a bargain
on price. When DDH magazine visited in early February, the market was
experiencing wide price fluctuations. A 30-ton truck of sharp sand which
cost N32,000.00 in December 2015, for example, went down, first to N28,000.00,
then N24,000.00 and could be haggled to N19,000.00 in one major sand
stockpile site. The cost of trucking is usually extra and depends on
the final destination: whether Agbara, Badagry, Ajah, Lekki Phase 1
or Lagos mainland addresses. While the 5-ton Bedford trucks are used
for supplies within town, the 20-ton and 30-ton trucks handle out-of-town
deliveries. Nevertheless, more than half of the sand produced by Abeokuta
sand miners is used outside the ancient city. The Egbas, through time,
have been sand miners because of the geological morphology of their
terrain. The sharp sand from Ogun state is generally coarser than the
variant that is mined in neighbouring Lagos, whether from river or land
The typical 8-inch dredger used on the Ogun River with improvised hollow drums for floaters.
River sand mining is mainly from the Ogun River whose
seabed is dominated by large and small rock boulder. Nevertheless, sharp
sand found between the rock crevices appears voluminous enough to keep
the mainly mechanized sand miners from moving their dredgers frequently.
It is either that the rate of siltation is very high or the sedimentation
level is fast enough to cause rapid replenishment within 24 hours. The
operators confirmed to DDH that their dredgers are hardly moved from
burrow pit to burrow pit despite daily pumping operations. An obvious
reason for this peculiarity is the predominance of large rock boulders
in the river at low tide. This gives little room for swinging the dredge
ladder to any wide distances. The marvel, however, is that heavy production
of say, 60-40 for sand and water, can be maintained by the dredge masters
daily on the same spot without swinging. Another marvel is the intensity
of dredging simultaneously on the river by so many dredgers at close
proximity to each other. With an average width of about 100 metres to
150 metres, in places, the Ogun River can support the work of twenty
10-inch and 12-inch dredgers clustered within a very short span at the
same time. This is the situation at Obba Olokor, one of the most productive
sand stockpile sites in the state.
How will the Dredging Industry fare during the Economic Downturn?
The dominant trend
in today’s world is the global economic challenges of tumbling
crude oil prices. For mono-crop economies such as Nigeria, the prescription
seems to be unanimous that agriculture and the solid mineral sector
offer the best promises for diversification. However, how will the dredging
industry fare under such uncertain scenarios?
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