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India: Shree Cement is considering importing coal from Indonesia in 2015. The Indian cement producer is in talks with Indonesian mines, according to a report by India Coal Market Watch. The report said that Shree Cement had purchased around 1.5Mt of US steam coal in 2013 – 14. Part of this allocation was re-sold by the company to brick kiln-makers in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Shree Cement is believed to have secured its steam coal and pet coke requirements until December 2014.
Indonesia: Two Chinese companies signed an agreement on 25 September 2014 to invest in an Indonesian cement plant as part of investment cooperation measures that were agreed by China and Indonesia in 2013.
State Development and Investment Corp (SDIC) and Anhui Conch Cement Company will fund the project for the plant located in West Papua Province. After the construction is completed, the plant will have 3Mt/yr of production capacity, serving Indonesia and neighbouring countries, including Papua New Guinea. SDIC and Anhui Conch will have stakes of 51% and 49% respectively.
Indonesia: Semen Indonesia is seeking US$50 - 70m in bank loans to help finance the construction of a new cement plant in Jayapura, Papua. The company has recently announced its intention to construct the first cement plant in the country's most eastern Province, in order to meet the region's demand potential and to reduce distribution and logistics costs.
"For the Papua plant, we will seek external funds like from loans on top of equity injection," said Semen Indonesia's finance director, Ahyanizzaman.
He said that Semen Indonesia is still looking for suitable land and bank loans are expected to be secured in 2015. Semen Indonesia is completing the feasibility study for the project, which is slated to have a capacity of 0.6 - 1Mt/yr. Construction is anticipated to start in 2015.
Indonesia: PT Semen Indonesia is considering the construction of a cement plant in Papua in a bid to supply the market in the country's easternmost province. Semen Indonesia president director Dwi Soetjipto said the location of the plant would be either in Jayapura or Manokwari, the two largest cities close to limestone reseerves, according to local media. The plant will have a cement production capacity of 0.6 – 1Mt/yr with an investment of up to US$100m.
"We hope the study can conclude soon so that we can include the investment needed for the plant in our next year's capital expenditure budget. It might take around three years to construct the facility before it can commence commercial operations," said Dwi Soetjipto.
According to Semen Indonesia's estimates, Papua consumes around 600,000t/yr of cement, or 40% of the total eastern Indonesia cement consumption of 1.5Mt/yr. Semen Indonesia supplies around half of Papua's cement market. With the new factory, it is expected to increase its market share to around 70%.
The company has projected that cement demand in Papua will hit around 900,000t/yr from around the time the company has finished building its new plant.
Increasing its market share in the region will place Semen Indonesia in competition with Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa and Semen Bosowa. Currently the company supplies the Papua market from its subsidiaries Semen Gresik in East Java and Semen Tonasa in South Sulawesi.
In 2013 Semen Indonesia built a rotary packing plant in Sorong, West Papua at a cost of US$13.8m. The plant produces 2200 bags per hour and currently supplies 300 - 400t/day of cement to the West Papua area.
Vietnam: In the first seven months of 2014, Vietnam earned US$563m from the export of 13.1Mt of clinker and cement, a 24% rise year-on-year in value terms and a 20.4% increase in terms of volume. Indonesia, Taiwan and Malaysia were the largest importers of Vietnamese clinker and cement in this period, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Indonesia imported 1.42Mt of clinker and cement (worth US$69m), Taiwan bought 0.86Mt (US$37.6m) and Malaysia purchased 0.7Mt (US$34.7m). Cambodia was fourth with 0.29Mt (US$15.6m).
Vietnam's domestic cement sales are expected to rise by 9% year-on-year to between 49 - 50Mt in 2014, while cement and clinker exports are likely to hit 16 - 20Mt. The country exported 15Mt in 2013.
China: Anhui Conch's revenue rose by 22% year-on-year to US$4.68bn in the first half of 2014 from US$3.84bn in the same period in 2013. The group's net profit rose by 90% to US$945m. It attributed the growth in revenue and profit to increased sales volumes and prices.
During the reporting period, the group acquired four cement projects including Shaoyang Yunfeng New Energy Technology, Hunan Yunfeng Cement, Shuicheng Conch Panjiang Cement and Kunming Hongxi Cement. It started work on building three clinker production lines including Baoshan Conch Cement and ten cement grinding units, including Liangping Conch Cement, increasing its clinker and cement production capacities by 10.9Mt/yr and 17.7Mt/yr respectively. Outside of China, the installation of equipment at PT Conch South Kalimantan Cement in Indonesia was noted and a project in Myanmar was acknowledged as having made progress.
Four residual heat electricity generation units located at Guangxi Lingyun Tonghong Cement, Baoshan Conch and other companies were put into operation with an additional installed capacity of 36MW. The group continued to implement low-NOx staged combustion technology modification for clinker production lines and SNCR flue gas denitration technology modification. As at the end of the reporting period, the Group had completed technical upgrade of NOx reduction to 101 production lines, which are all reported to be running smoothly.
As at the end of the reporting period, the production capacity of clinker and cement of the group reached 200Mt/yr and 245Mt/yr respectively.
Indonesia: Three state cement manufacturers, PT Semen Indonesia, PT Semen Padang and PT Semen Tonasa, have been using biomass as alternative energy source to replace coal and reduce electrical energy in stages.
Semen Indonesia has won an energy award from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in recognition of its efforts to diversify energy needs by taking advantage of biomass renewable energy as an alternative fuel and to play an active role in developing new technology and innovations in the energy sector.
"The award has confirmed the commitment of Semen Indonesia to implementing a concept of sustainable business," said Semen Indonesia president director Dwi Soetjipto. He added that the cement industry is an energy-intensive industry, which also consumed coal as non-renewable energy. "By taking advantage of biomass, double goals could be achieved: first, conserving the environment and second, increasing the efficiency of operating costs, which will eventually increase in corporate profitability."
The use of biomass has stimulated local economy because it had been obtained from areas around the plants, including Tuban, Lamongan and Bojonegoro Districts in East Java, as well as Rembang District in Central Java.
"The use of biomass has also helped to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that the impact of global warming can be minimised," said Soetjipto. Semen Indonesia has always increased its use of biomass as an alternative fuel to reduce coal consumption every year, Soetjipto added.
Indonesia: PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk is preparing to invest US$150m towards building two greenfield cement plants in North Sumatra and in Pati, Central Java respectively. Each plant will have a cement production capacity of 2.5Mt/yr. The company is currently conducting a feasibility study, said Indocement's president director Christian Kartawijaya. The investment is intended to boost the company's production by 2018 in reaction to decreasing market share.
Indocement aims to boost its production capacity by about 45% to 30Mt/yr in 2018 when the two greenfield plants are expected to have begun operations. Currently the company produces 20.6Mt/yr of cement. The new plants will maintain the company's market share in Indonesia at 31%. The company will source the funding internally.
Indocement has allocated US$385m for capital expenditure in 2014 to boost cement production. In October 2013 the company started work on its 4.4Mt/yr cement plant at Citeureup. This plant is planned to start operation in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Indonesia: Claudius Peters has received an order from Semen Indonesia to supply three new cement storage silos for their new integrated cement plant in Rembang, Central Java.
Claudius Peters will supply three Expansion Chamber (EC type) storage silos, with a diameter of 24m and a volume of 20,000t each. Cement will be discharged to two mobile VME-type bulk loading stations underneath each silo. Separate aeroslide transport to the packing plant is also included. These three new cement storage silos will be integrated with the four new packing plants which Semen Indonesia ordered at the start of 2014 from Claudius Peters.
Indonesia: Holcim Indonesia has posted a slight dip in its net profit in the first half of 2014, which it attributed to rising costs and a slowdown in the construction and property sectors.
Sales in the first half of 2014 grew by 10% year-on-year to US$426m, stronger than the 7% growth reported for the same period of 2013 when compared to 2012. Despite the sales increase, Holcim fell short of boosting its net profit, which dropped by 3.8% to US$38.1m from US$39.6m in the same period of 2013.
On 1 May 2014, the Indonesian government raised electricity rates by 38.9% or 64.7%, depending on businesses' power needs. The increases, however, will be gradual until the end of 2014. Holcim, which must deal with a 64.7% increase in electricity rates, recorded an increase in costs of sales to US$292m, while its operating costs went up by 15.9% to US$61.6m. In addition, its first half foreign exchange losses surged to US$2.34m, compared with US$871,000 in the same period of 2013.
Holcim has gradually increased its selling prices since late 2013 to mitigate its rising expenses. Along with other industry players, Holcim also had to bear weaker property and construction demand, which saw project delays as a result of legislative and presidential elections, as well as unfavourable regulations and macroeconomic conditions.
Holcim Indonesia's president director Eamon Ginley said that, despite a number of obstacles in 2014, the company was optimistic that it would at least secure a higher annual revenue compared to 2013's figure, assisted by a boost in capacity from its Tuban facilities in East Java. The company has invested US$800m to construct two 1.7Mt/yr capacity cement plants, Tuban 1 and Tuban 2. Tuban 1 began operating in October 2013. Tuban 2 is due to commence operations in the first quarter of 2015.