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UAE: Arkan Building Material Company has opened a US$354m cement plant outside Al Ain, with 4Mt/yr of clinker and 5.7Mt/yr of cement of production capacity. The company said that the cement plant will source its raw materials from its own queries in Al Ain and Oman. Arkan plans to sell 90% of its production on the domestic market and 10% will be exported to GCC countries.
Myanmar: The local Myint Investment Group has joined China's Anhui Conch Cement to upgrade the No 33 Kyaukse cement plant to 5000t/day of cement production capacity through a build-operate-transfer (BOT) system, according to the Ministry of Industry. The plant currently has a production capacity of 400t/day. The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration approved the joint venture, Myanmar Conch Cement Co Ltd, on 11 November 2014.
Canada: Efforts by Lafarge and Holcim to sell assets as part of their planned merger may be complicated by the new McInnis cement plant in Canada, which some claim will inject more capacity into an already saturated market and further depress prices.
McInnis Cement's plant in the northeastern Quebec region of Gaspé will have 2.2Mt/yr of installed cement production capacity and may start shipping to clients in two years, according to Jim Braselton, a senior vice president at the company. That represents about 66% of the local cement capacity that Lafarge and Holcim plan to sell. The assets for sale, including construction and aggregates units, have an estimated value of US$884m, excluding the impact of increased supply by the McInnis plant.
India: The Bihar state cabinet has approved a US$54m cement grinding plant planned by Shree Cement planned in the Aurangabad district of the state.
"The company had proposed to set up a cement plant with a production capacity of 2Mt/yr. It will also have a 12MW biomass-based captive power plant," said B Pradhan, Principal Secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat.
The state government agency Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) has provided 27 hectares of land on lease for the project. The project will provide employment to 300 skilled and unskilled persons.
Ukraine: HeidelbergCement has shut down one of its cement plants in eastern Ukraine because separatists in the region want to impose their own agenda on the production process, according to a HeidelbergCement spokesman.
The plant was not occupied, but the separatists reportedly have their own ideas of how to produce cement. The spokesman added that HeidelbergCement would not engage in talks with the separatists. The 500 employees at the site are currently busy cleaning the facility, but if no solution is arrived at, their jobs will be threatened.
The plant has 2Mt/yr of cement production capacity. HeidelbergCement generates a turnover of Euro150m from its three Ukrainian sites, or 1% of its total revenues. However, in 2014 its turnover has fallen by 30% due to the conflict. Earlier in 2014 CEO Bernd Scheifele voiced his concerns about the developments in the region. Due to the political escalation interest rates exploded and loans vanished, putting the company's local production in danger.
Tajikistan: All of the necessary equipment will be delivered to Tajikistan for a cement plant that is being built at the Chormaghzak Pass in Vahdat Township before the end of 2014, according to Abduhalim Qodirov, the director general of the Tajik-Chinese joint venture, TOJCHIN, which is building the plant.
Construction of the plant began on 1 October 2014. The first line, which has 600,000t/yr of cement production capacity, will be introduced into operation in April 2015.
"360 specialists, mainly citizens of Tajikistan, are involved in construction of the plant," said Qodirov, noting that the plant would have a cement production capacity of 1.2Mt/yr when completed. The plant is expected to provide 500 jobs. The total cost of the project is US$30m, including US$23m invested by Chinese business circles and US$7m contributed by Tajik private entrepreneurs.
Under the law passed by Tajikistan's lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament on 12 November 2014, TOJCHIN is exempted from paying value added tax (VAT) and customs duties (totalling US4.6m) on equipment shipments.
Canada: ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and McInnis Cement have announced a sales/purchase agreement valued at US$133m for the manufacture and supply by ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (USA) of a complete cement production line.
The new 6000t/day capacity plant is currently under construction on a greenfield site in the Port-Daniel-Gascons area of Quebec, Canada. The new plant will be complete with a POLCID proprietary process control system to monitor and control all aspects of the plant and a POLAB laboratory automation system to assure product quality. The plant is scheduled for commissioning in 2016 with full production starting later in that year.
"The McInnis Cement project represents the most technologically advanced and environmentally sound plant of its kind, designed to meet or beat the most stringent requirements of both the Canadian and American environmental agencies," said Mark S Terry, president of the resource technologies division of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (USA). "Combined with the extensive experience of both project teams, we have the complete recipe for success for the Port-Daniel-Gascons facility.''
The main components include: a 1800t/hr quarry crushing plant, a raw material reclaim system comprises a bridge reclaimer for limestone and four portal reclaimers for other additives or fuel, a QUADROPOL vertical roller mill for raw grinding and a blending silo for raw meal storage, with a capacity of 10000t. The Polysius kiln line will consist of a five-stage, two-string PREPOL AS-MSC preheater, a 5.2m x 75m POLRO rotary kiln and a POLYTRACK cooler with intermediate roll crusher. Cement grinding will take place in two QUADROPOL vertical roller mills with SEPOL high-efficiency separators. The plant will be rounded off with three cement silos (with a capacity of 120,000t) as well as cement truck and ship loading facilities.
Vietnam: Semen Gresik is reportedly preparing to double the annual production capacity of 2.3Mt/yr of the Thang Long Cement plant in Hoanh Bo District, Quang Ninh Province, through building the second production line. The Thang Long Cement 2 project is on the list of projects approved by the prime minister in 2011 for investment during the 2016 - 2020 period and features in the country's sectoral master plan. Semen Gresik acquired a 70% stake in Thang Long Cement for US$157m in 2012.
Venezuela: The governor of Yaracuy, Julio Leon, has revealed that the government is developing a 600t/day cement plant in Peña under an agreement between Venezuela and India. The plant is due to start operation in late 2014. The area contains high-quality limestone deposits with applications for other industries other than cement.
The new plant will employ 200 people directly. It is part of a proposal made by the governors of Yaracuy, Cojedes and Portuguesa states to build three mini plants, with each having been allocated US$15m. Each plant will produce 4.5 million bags of cement per year. A distribution network will be set up to allow communities to access the cement at affordable prices.
China/Russia: Eurocement plans to sign three contracts worth a combined US$280m at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing. The contracts cover the construction of dry-process cement lines at the Kavkazcement, Belgorodsky Cement and Oskolcement plants. Each line will have a clinkcer capacity of 6200t/yr or a cement capacity of 3Mt/yr. Each contract is for US$93.3m and the contractor is Sinoma International Engineering.
In May 2014 Eurocement signed six contracts to build new plants with Sinomach, CNBM and Sinoma for a total of US$580m. All of the projects are being carried out as part of a programme to switch to dry-process cement production. Overall investments in the programme will exceed US$2bn.
"We plan to switch our enterprises to the new technological platform in three years, between 2014 and 2017," said Eurocement president Mikhail Skorokhod. By 2018, Eurocement intends to produce 100% of its cement using the dry-process. This will boost capacities by 5Mt/yr to 45Mt/yr, according to Skorokhod.
Eurocement has calculated that the programme will pay for itself in 7 - 10 years. Cost of production is planned to fall by 35% - 40%. The debt/equity ratio of financing for the programme is 70%:30%. In May 2014, Eurocement signed a strategic agreement with Sberbank to finance its investment programme.