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Malting plant Boortmalt

Debre Birhan, Ethiopia

On September 11th a contract was signed for five new buildings for Boortmalt in Ethiopia. Remco Ruimtebouw is going to build the first malt house in Africa for this Belgian company with malt houses all over the world.

The malting plant will be in Debre Birhan, about 100 km from Addis Abbeba, where we have realised several projects in the past. This contract is a great beginning of the (local) New Year. Last week they had celebrated the Coptic New Year of the year 2012 in Ethiopia.

Project size

The project comprises five different buildings with a total floor area of 3,826 m2. In addition to engineering, we also take care of delivery, transport and assembly.

Malt Tower 822 m2 floor space, height 32 meters

Steeping House 1,022 m2 floor area, height 20 meters

Seed storage 563 m2 linked by a canopy of 180 m2 with Malt bagging building

Malt bagging 563 m2

Utility building 676 m2

Planning and assembly

The construction will start January 2020. For the assembly, we work with a local contractor led by one of our Dutch supervisors. Our international projects are always built with local workers. This provides a source of income for local stakeholders and they gain a lot of experience during assembly, which they can use during their further careers. Completion is scheduled for 1 May 2020.

About Boortmalt

Boortmalt is the second-largest malt producer in Europe and the fourth-largest worldwide. Boortmalt serves its customers worldwide from 10 locations in Europe. 50% of Boortmalt’s total trading volume comes from emerging markets outside Europe. Read more:

More information

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Erik van den Hurk


A group company of Janssen de Jong