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Currently there are only two commercial mills in the country; les Moulins d’Afrique, which is a new company established in 2012, and the second, smaller mill is Taibah Mills which has a capacity of 15 mt/day. Les Grand Moulins de Guinée, which had the monopoly of the market for many years closed its operations around 2013. There are no restrictions in importing wheat flour to Guinea. 

For information on milling company contacts, please see the following link: 4.6 Guinea Storage and Milling Company Contact List

 

Milling Company Les Moulins d’Afrique

This is a new company with new equipment that started milling only in November 2014 and is enjoying 95% share of the domestic market. The company is looking for new markets for its products outside Guinea and has plans to increase the milling capacity by 30% and to increase the storage facilities within the coming two years.

Company Name & Address

Contact Names & Email

Telephone & Fax

Les Moulins d’Afrique

Sonfonia, Conakry

Name: Barry Boubacar

Title: Manager

Email: barkybarry@yahoo.fr

Tel: +224628235300

Summary of Role and Services:

Les Moulins d’Afrique is a joint venture between Lahlal Milling (Moroccan) and the Guinean company SONOCO, member of SONOCO SA, with an investment of US $28.5 million.
The mill was inaugurated in 2012 and provides 95% of the domestic demand in wheat flour. The transport of the wheat is done by its own fleet from the port to the mill facilities with trucks adapted to this task.
All the production of flour is bought by SONOCO SA which distributes the flour in the country.

Facilities

Parking area inside compound m²

N/A but the area is quite sufficient.

Drainage
(Good / Fair / Poor / Non Existent)

Good

Fire Fighting Equipment (Yes / No)

Yes

Number of Ventilators

 N/A

Screened

Electricity Load (KVA)

4 MW (Central of 4 generators running in rotation)

Backup Generator 
(Yes / No / KVA)

Yes

KVA

Milling Equipment

Origin of Machinery

Year of Mfg

Year of Installation

Condition

Suisse (Buhler)

2012

2012

Good

Suisse (Buhler)

2012

2012

Good

Suisse (Buhler)

2012

2012

Good

Suisse (Buhler)

2012

2012

Good

Maintenance

Duration (hours / week)

24

Type of maintenance

Regular

Other Equipment or Machinery Installed

Type of Equipment

Yes/No

Number

Owned

Comments

Fortification Feeder

Yes

4

Yes

Computerized

Bag Cleaning Plant

Yes

3

Yes

 

Moisture Tester

Yes

1

Yes

A lab is available within the plant to fully test the product during all the milling process

De-stoning Plant

Yes

4

Yes

Computerized

Metal Extractor

Yes

4

Yes

Computerized

Staffing

Number of full time skilled workers

67

Number of full time labourers

200

Weighbridge

Number 

3

Capacity (mt)

Length (m)

Type

Within Compound

75

15

Electronic pit

Within Compound

75

15

Electronic pit

Within Compound

75

15

Electronic pit

Building

 

Length (m)

Width (m)

Height (m)

Building – Wheat Mill

4 x 50

4 x 20

4 x 20

Building – Maize Mill

N/A

N/A

N/A

Conditions & Cleanliness

  

Outside

Inside

Cracks in walls or roof (Yes / No)

No

No

Signs of rodent activity (Yes / No)

No

No

Signs of birds entry (Yes / No)

No

No

Damaged gutters/drains(Yes / No)

No

No

Signs of moisture (Yes / No)

No

No

Adjacent Vegetation(Yes / No)

Yes

No

Cleanliness (Good / Poort)

Good

Good

Pest Control

Fumigation

Yes

Frequency

Monthly

Contracted
(Yes / No)

Yes

Spraying 

N/A

Frequency

N/A

Contracted
(Yes / No)

N/A

Rodenticides 

Yes

Frequency

N/A

Contracted
(Yes / No)

N/A

Rodent Trapping

Yes

Frequency

Daily

Contracted
(Yes / No)

No

Security 

Security
(Good / Poor)

Good

Compound
(Fenced / Not Fenced)

Fenced

Other Comments

Visitors are registered and are handed a visitor card.

Access

Distance from main town (km)

18 km

Travel time if not located in town (hours)

1 Hour

Road condition to Mill

Good

Road limitation (if any)

 

None

Rail connections (Yes / No)

No

Other Comments:

Located in Sanfonia, in Conakry area, there are two roads that pass by the plant, one is paved and in good condition leading to the front gate.
However, the road leading to the rear gate is in bad condition and therefore is not used despite the fact that the milling company has 2 weighing bridges oriented to this gate.

Milling Capacity (mt)

Commodities

Daily Capacity (mt)

Monthly Activity (mt)

Wheat

600

18,000

Maize

None

None

Storage Capacity

Storage in Metric Tonnes

Wheat – Covered (mt)

Flour – Covered (mt)

Within the Compound

10 x 6,000

3 silos for each mill

Outside the Compound

None

None

Capacity to Blend

 4 microdosers

Loading & Discharge Rates

30 mt in 5 minutes

Transport Capacity at Mill

 27 truck containers of 30 mt adapted to be loaded from the top and open from the rear with inclination capabilities to offload the wheat directly.
Also, the trucks can be opened from the side to transport the bagged flour.

Additional Notes

  • The wheat is imported from outside Guinea. 
  • The plant is installed over 3.5 hectares, composed of four mills each fully equipped and working separately.  The plant also includes two warehouses, parking place for trucks and for vehicles, building for the offices, a lab with a bakery to test the flour, housing for the expatriates, a park for containers.
  • The fuel tanks have a capacity of 150,000 Liters. In addition the plant will be connected to the national electric network.
  • The bags with their logo are imported.
  • There are 3 bagging machines computerized with a capacity of 20 mt / hour each.
  • It is possible to use the facilities to recycle damaged wheat or flour if requested to pellets.
  • The mill also produce pellets which is mainly exported (95%) to outside Guinea, the remaining 5% for local demand.