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India: The Himachal Pradesh cabinet has cancelled the allotment of a cement plant to Jaypee in Chamba district as the company failed to meet the extended deadline to start production.
Official sources said that the government was not satisfied with Jaypee's reply to a show cause notice. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cancelled project was signed in February 2007.
The US$128m project with a proposed production capacity of 2Mt/yr was due to begin operations within five years after receiving clearance from the Environment Ministry. The plant was expected to provide direct employment to over 1000 people.
Italy: Buzzi Unicem has agreed to sell its 0.3Mt/yr cement plant in Cadola, Italy, to a subsidiary of Wietersdorfer for Euro22m. Under the terms of the agreement, Austria's Wietersdorfer will be also entitled to buy, within five years and without additional payment, Buzzi Unicem's Travesio 0.4Mt/yr cement plant.
Italian cement producer Buzzi Unicem has also agreed to buy 25% in two Wietersdorfer facilities. In particular, the company will acquire shares in W&P Cementi and Salonit Anhovo Gradbeni Materiali for Euro22m. W&P Cementi currently has a grinding plant in Pordenone, Italy with a production capacity of 0.3Mt/yr. Salonit owns an integrated cement plantin Slovenia with a production capacity of 1.3Mt/yr.
With these transactions, Buzzi Unicem expects to strengthen its production and sales structure by improving its procurement logistics, it said adding that the deals will result in technological integration between the two companies aiming to develop new products. The transactions are expected to close on 30 June 2014.
Zambia: Dangote Cement plans to commission a US$400m cement plant in the city of Ndola in July 2014 with a production capacity of 3000t/day.
The company expects to produce 1.0 - 1.2Mt/yr of cement when it is commissioned, which will increase Zambia's total cement production to 2.5 - 2.7Mt/yr. Zambia currently has a cement production capacity of 1.5Mt/yr from Lafarge's plants in Lusaka and Ndola and Zambezi Portland's plant in Ndola.
Senior general manager for Dangote Projects, Anand Kameshwar said that installation of major equipment at the plant by China's Sinoma Engineering was nearly complete. "Most of the major equipment has been installed and the project is on course and should be complete by July 2014," Kameshwar said, adding that Dangote would contribute significantly in mitigating cement shortages that have resulted from high cement demand due to construction activities. Once operational, the cement factory will create 700 new jobs.
Dangote is also constructing a 30MW power sub-station that is expected to commission in May 2014. "This facility will provide electricity to the cement plant, which is expected to consume 25MW of power per day," Kameshwar said. The cement factory will also open up other avenues for Dangote to increase its investments in Zambia.
China: The demolition of 17 more cement plants in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, began on 17 February 2014, two months after the first batch of demolitions to improve air quality.
"After the second batch of demolitions is finished in March 2014, we can meet the target of reducing excess capacity three years ahead of schedule, reducing production capacity by 40%," said Wang Liang, the mayor of Shijiazhuang. Hebei was hit by many smoggy days in February 2014, causing serious pollution. On 17 February 2014 the air quality index exceeded 200, classed as 'very unhealthy' by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The demolition of 18 cement grinders and 377 storage bins at the 17 plants will be completed by the end of March 2014, reducing production capacity by 9.1Mt/yr.
To control pollution, the provincial government has announced goals for cutting excess capacity in high-polluting industries, including cement production, in every city. Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital, must dismantle 15Mt/yr of cement production capacity by 2017.
The two batches of demolitions have targeted 35 plants, resulting in direct economic losses of US$180m and affecting 3780 workers. "We may suffer slow economic growth in the short term, but this will work in upgrading the economic structure and will result in a good living environment for our people, so it is worthwhile," said Sun Ruibin, Party chief of Shijiazhuang.
Wang Jiangtao, marketing manager at Yuancheng Construction Material Co, one of plants being demolished in the city of Luquan, said, "We will follow the government project and want to control air pollution as well so we agreed to close the plant. But it's still sad to see the plants being demolished," he said, adding that the company had invested more than US$4.94m in a new system in 2011. "We have not made enough money to cover the expenses up to now." Under government compensation plans, the plant may get US$1.65m and will receive other support for its future business, including preferential policies and tax relief, Wang added.
Two of Jinyu Dingxing Cement Co's plants were among the first batch of demolitions in December 2013, but so far new projects have not been decided on, said Feng Jinmin, a manager at one of the two plants that were closed. "Of the US$2.47m in compensation expected from the government, we have received half and are still awaiting government guidance on our future business," he said, adding that this may take years.
Vietnam: Authorities in Vietnam's central province of Quang Tri have decided to withdraw the investment license of a US$47m cement plant due to its sluggish implementation without legitimate reasons.
The plant, named Roli-Quang Tri, is located in Cam Tuyen commune, Cam Lo district and is the largest project in the province. Construction of the plant, which has a planned cement production capacity of 1.2Mt/yr, commenced in June 2009. Construction was subsequently delayed as the company is unable to continue the project, said Nguyen Duc Cuong, chairman of People's Committee of Quang Tri province.
Prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung earlier approved a proposal by the Vietnam Building Material Association to cancel nine cement projects with a total capacity of 2500t/day in order to keep in line with market demand. The prime minister also agreed to extend the deadline for the construction of seven other projects, including He Duong II, My Duc, Thanh Son, Tan Thang, Do Luong, Tan Phu Xuan and Nam Dong, until after 2015.
Currently, local cement makers have faced many difficulties due to having a huge inventory and low domestic demand, caused by the frozen real estate market. In addition, high production costs, high lending interest rates and rising input costs have also put heavy burden on local cement producers.
Vietnam's cement sales are predicted to rise by 1.5% to 3% year-on-year to between 62Mt and 63Mt in 2014, including 48.5Mt to 49Mt of domestic sales and 13.5Mt to 14Mt of exports.
Saudi Arabia: The minister of Commerce and Industry, Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, has approved the establishment of Riyadh-based Baha Cement Company as a closed joint stock company with capital of US$107m. The capital is split into shares and the company shares have been subscribed 50% by partners and the other 50% will be offered for public subscription.
The minister's approval comes within the framework of the state's policy to enhance economic activities in various sectors.
Canada: Quebec's US$350m investment in a new cement plant from Bombardier's founding family in the job-starved Gaspé region is a 'terrible deal' that could end up being a 'financial sinkhole' for taxpayers, according to the Province's Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) opposition party.
CAQ has called on Quebec to renegotiate the agreement with McInnis Cement, which is owned by the Bombardier-Beaudoin family. The party said that it saw a copy of the confidential agreement and that private investors, notably the family, are only putting in US$62m of money to gain majority control of the project, while Quebec will contribute several times that amount but will only get a minority stake.
In January 2014 McInnis announced plans for a US$1bn cement plant in Port-Daniel-Gascons that would produce 2.2Mt/yr of cement, largely for export by ship to the US. The project was being billed as a saviour for the chronically under-employed Gaspé region because it will support 1500 construction jobs and provide work for 200 permanent plant employees.
CAQ said that Pauline Marois's Parti Québécois government had by-passed Investissement Québec, the province's investment arm and ordered that the money be disbursed without analysis by Investissement's board. Quebec confirmed that it would provide McInnis with an interest-bearing loan of US$250m and take a US$100m equity stake in the company.
The federal government also contributed US$100m to the project through split participation by Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada. This is senior-ranking debt, to be repaid first in the event of a default, and part of a larger banking group that included National Bank.
"The federal government decided that it couldn't risk taking equity or subordinate debt like Quebec did," said CAQ economy and external trade critic Stéphane Le Bouyonnec. "The reason is simple; the industry is already in a situation of overcapacity. We predict that this transaction could become a financial sinkhole, a disaster for the government of Quebec."
A December 2013 study on the cement market by independent economist Colin Sutherland concluded that adding McInnis's capacity to the mix could delay the return of a healthy supply-demand balance in north-eastern North America well beyond the expected date of 2021. At the moment, Quebec has about 1.2Mt/yr of unused capacity while eastern Pennsylvania and New York have about 0.6Mt/yr, meaning many plants are operating well below maximum volume.
"The rationale for this deal is not sound," said Michael McSweeney, president of the Cement Association of Canada. "When this project goes ahead, it will just shift jobs from other parts of Quebec to the Gaspé."
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois defended the agreement, calling it a 'good project' in which the government is demanding a higher interest rate than normal because it understands the risk.
The McInnis Cement announcement of 31 January 2014 can be found here.
India: ACC has commissioned a cement blending unit at Padubidri in Udupi district.
An ACC company spokesman said that the unit uses fly-ash from the thermal power plant of Udupi Power Corporation in Udupi. The unit is capable of blending 30,000t/month of cement. Clinker from ACC's plant at Wadi in Gulbarga district is used for cement production at the blending unit in Udupi district. The Udupi plant caters to the cement requirements of Karnataka and Kerala states.
US: Lafarge North America has contracted Gebr. Pfeiffer Inc. to supply an MVR vertical roller mill as part of the overall modernisation project underway at the Lafarge Ravena plant located in the Town of Coeymans, New York. The modernisation project will replace the current wet process kiln with a dry line, allowing the plant to cut emissions and also increase its capacity.
A Gebr. Pfeiffer MVR 6000 R-6 will be installed in a complete new line at the plant, replacing two existing raw material mills. The scope of supply will also includes a 5600kW motor, engineering, supply and related services. Commissioning for this project is planned for the middle of 2016.
Belarus: Russia's Eurocement Group is ready to invest US$70 – 80m in a project to upgrade cement production facilities in Belarus, according to the minister of Architecture and Construction, Anatoly Chernyi.
"Eurocement offered to help us to switch the cement production plants from the wet process of cement production to the dry process," said Chernyi. Further negotiations will be held between the participants of the project to upgrade the facilities by 2017. The government has already approved the plans. The minister stressed that the wet process of cement production is energy consuming and costly.
The current combined capacity of the Belarusian cement plants is 9.5Mt/yr of cement, of which 5.4Mt is produced by dry kilns.