It takes huge amounts of salt to keep our roads passable in the winter. With help from O.B. Wiik stores Mesta 25,000 tonnes on the quay at Filipstad!
In Norway, there is often a lot of snow and ice in the winter, and therefore salting the roads is a necessity, especially in urban areas and where there is a lot of traffic.
The Norwegian Road Administration has overall responsibility for the maintenance of Norwegian roads, while the work is carried out by external contractors.
The largest player in road operation and maintenance in Norway is Mesta AS. They have around 50 contracts in the field, which amounts to a market share of approx. 45 percent. In other words, they are responsible for miles of road, and therefore large quantities of salt are required throughout the winter. Naturally, this salt must be stored somewhere.
To give an insight into the scope, we can say that the salt comes in cargo ships from the Mediterranean. Each delivery is approx. 9000 tonnes. From the time of ordering until the boat arrives at Filipstad quay in Oslo, it takes somewhere between six and eight weeks:
– Both for Mesta and the road users, it is incredibly important that we do not run out of salt, comments Bjørn Heggedal, purchasing manager at Mesta. – That is why it is incredibly important to have good capacity and large warehouses, especially with such long delivery times.
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For Region East, the salt is stored at Filipstadkaia in Oslo. The facility has been in operation since 2009, and today consists of two tent halls from O.B. Wik. One is 40 x 81 metres, and the other is 20 x 72 metres.
The total capacity is an incredible 25,000 tonnes of salt which is safely and well stored under roof, thanks to 4 meter high water walls which have solid support structures on the back of the water wall.
– O.B. Wiik has a good solution for securing the salt, and we have many tent halls like this around the country. It is a very flexible solution as you can move the halls as needed between contracts, explains Heggedal.
He points out that the utility value of tent halls like this is just as high after 10-20 years as when they are new. Furthermore, he has recorded that O.B. Wiik has always come up with the best price when they have sent out requests for more tents.
The halls Mesta uses are an example of O.B. Wiik’s bulk storage, which is delivered in many different sizes. Other typical goods in a bulk warehouse are coal, metals, cement, grain, synthetics and wood products. A WiikHall is supplied with reinforced water walls that withstand the load from the masses. The hall can be adapted so that it is perfect for exactly the item to be stored.
Type of product, weight and angle help to determine the type of bulk storage that must be used, and how high the sidewalls must be.