The construction of the six new silos that will be integrated into Bolivia’s soybean processing plant is well underway, with visible progress in their structure and height. Once completed, the plant will have a storage capacity of 60,000 tons of soybeans. Each silo will have a diameter of 27.29 meters and a total height of 27.30 meters, providing a capacity of 17,900 cubic meters per silo.

The storage of soybeans entails specific considerations that have been carefully addressed during the design phase of the processing plant. Notably, the structure of soybeans makes them susceptible to splitting and breakage when subjected to mechanical handling. To mitigate this, the transportation of soybeans within the plant will primarily rely on bucket elevators equipped with plastic buckets, which have proven to reduce breakage rates compared to alternative methods.

Furthermore, the storage of soybeans can be influenced by various factors, including the development of mold or the potential for insect infestation. As a result, comprehensive inspections of the soybeans and thorough assessment of any damage are crucial prior to their storage.

The design of the plant has taken all these factors into account, ensuring the implementation of a robust infrastructure. The facility will be equipped with an efficient reception and unloading system, comprehensive cleaning mechanisms, state-of-the-art drying capabilities, ventilation systems, temperature control measures, and reliable handling equipment. These elements will collectively guarantee the optimal conditioning of soybeans throughout the storage process. By adhering to these high standards, the plant will consistently deliver a superior quality product while minimizing the risk of losses.

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