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Cameroon: Dangote Cement has announced that its US$150m cement plant in Douala, Cameroon will commence production in August 2014. The company management said that the 1.5Mt/yr capacity plant was almost ready and would commence initial production at 1Mt/yr before production is stepped up to maximum capacity.
Dangote's general manager, Abdulahi Baba, said that the cement plant would revolutionalise the cement industry in Cameroon and help to stimulate the economy. According to Baba, the plant is ready for test running and what remains to be completed is the construction of access roads to the plant.
The Cameroon plant is also set to import clinker from other regions. Baba disclosed plans to build a jetty by the plant, which would make raw material imports and product distribution more convenient. The jetty will be situated close to the Douala Sea Port.
Indonesia: A new cement plant being built in the Regency of Lebak, Banten Province, is expected to come on stream in 2015. Construction of the plant is already 60% completed. The cement plant, which is owned by PT Cemindo Gemilang, is being built over a 5km2 plot of land and will have a production capacity of 4Mt/yr of cement when it starts operation in 2015. The Regency of Lebak is included in the Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development, an initiative of the Indonesian government.
Spain/Mexico/Argentina: Cementos Molins plans to build its international presence outside of Spain with expansions planned for Mexico and Argentina. The company hopes to generate just 20% of revenues in Spain in 2017. The company reported a profit of Euro6.5m for the first quarter of 2014.
The Spain-based cement producer intends to invest in a Euro147m cement plant project in Veracruz, Mexico in 2015 – 2016 shared with Buzzi Unicem and Mexican company Carso. Cementos Molins also plans to upgrade its existing cement plant in San Luis, Argentina. Other projects include two cement plants at unspecified locations.
India: The Karnataka State government has granted an extension of two years to Shree Cement to establish its mega-cement plant at Kodla-Benakanalli village, Karnataka State.
Shree Cement was given permission to establish a 3Mt/yr cement plant at an investment of US$241m in January 2010, apart from establishing a captive 150MW power plant. It purchased 5.26km2 of land directly from farmers to set up the plant and mine limestone.
While Shree Cement was able to get environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests in September 2012, its application with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board was pending. The company had also applied for permission from the Water Resources Department to draw 1500kL/day of water from the Kagina River.
Australia: Boral will cease clinker production at its Maldon cement plant in New South Wales on 31 December 2014, axing up to 28 jobs in the process. Boral Cement's executive general manager, Ross Harper, said that a decline in demand for off-white clinker, which forms the basis of a range of specialty cement products, was behind the decision.
"Unfortunately, demand has declined sharply as consumers switch to products made from imported white clinker," said Harper. "This decline has coincided with a downturn in demand, rising costs of production, the availability of cheap imported clinker and the slow recovery of the building and construction industry." He said that the combination of these factors, plus the Maldon kiln's high cost and sub-scale output, rendered off-white clinker production unsustainable at Maldon. Harper added that Boral would maintain its Maldon grinding mill, packaging and associated logistics on site.
Vietnam: Semen Indonesia plans to invest up to US$300m towards building a cement plant in Vietnam in the next five years as part of its business expansion in Southeast Asia. The Indonesian state-run cement producer intends for its subsidiary Thang Long Cement to build a 1.5Mt/yr cement plant, according to General Director Dwi Soetjipto. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2015 with a operation due to start in 2018.
Thang Long Cement currently holds a cement production capacity of 2.5Mt/yr and the new plant is intended to meet the increasing demand for cement in Vietnam and other Asian countries, including Singapore, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Semen Indonesia holds a 70% stake in Thang Long Cement. It has set a target of becoming one of the leading cement producers in Southeast Asia.
Vietnam will not face a shortage of cement in either the short or long term as the supply is estimated at 75 - 76Mt/yr in 2015 while demand in 2014 is estimated at 65 – 67Mt/yr, according to the Ministry of Construction. The local cement industry had around 2.59Mt of unsold products, mainly clinker, at the end of April 2014.
Sri Lanka: Holcim Lanka is spending US$22m towards upgrading its cement grinding plant in Ruhunu, Galle. The investment will increase the plant's cement grinding capacity from 0.6Mt/yr to 1Mt/yr. The upgrade will also increase capacity on a Geocycle waste shredding line, building up the clinker warehouse and process efficiency improvement to a sludge drying facility.
"We also intend to make considerable improvements to our distribution by enhancing our logistics," said Holcim Group CEO Bernard Fontana during his first visit to Sri Lanka. Holcim will be concentrating on increasing their production from both their facilities in Puttalam and Ruhunu in the future.
"In our 18 years of existence in Sri Lanka, we have tripled our cement manufacturing capacity to reach 2.3Mt/yr," said Philippe Richart, CEO, Holcim Lanka. Holcim Lanka sold approximately 1.5Mt of cement in 2013 and generated annual revenues of US$154m in 2013.
UK: Repairs to the flood-damaged Cemex UK cement plant at South Ferriby are said to be making 'good' progress according to Cemex UK. The 0.8Mt/yr plant was flooded by a tidal surge from the River Humber in early December 2013.
Partial production started in April 2014 and a Cemex UK spokesman has reported to the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph that they plan on resuming full production later in 2014. Repair efforts are now focusing on the kiln systems and the two raw mills and coal mills. Cemex UK has declined to comment on how much the repairs have cost although it is rumoured to have cost as much as Euro14m. The plant employs 150 people and contributes Euro 12.5m/yr to the economy of North Lincolnshire.
Chad/Morocco: Moroccan company Ciment de l'Afrique intends to build a US$40m cement unit in Chad. The announcement was made by Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno at a launch event in N'Djamena for two large investment projects made in conjunction with Morocco.
Iraq: BASF has entered into a joint venture with Lafarge to set up a new plant for the production and marketing of construction chemicals in the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan. BASF said that the new production site would mainly produce concrete admixtures and cement additives and that the products would be offered to the local market.
For BASF, the joint venture offers the opportunity to further tap into Iraq's growth market with a partner that is already well-established in the region. "This initiative clearly represents BASF's interest and commitment to the Middle East," said Dick Purchase, the head of BASF Construction Chemicals division in the Middle East, West Asia, CIS and Africa. "With this joint venture we are fulfilling our Master Builders Solutions promise of connectedness by being closer to our clients, providing our innovative and sustainable solutions and creating new job opportunities in the region," he added. Under the Master Builders Solutions brand, BASF bundles its advanced chemical solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures.