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Tanzania: The Ministry of Energy and Minerals has given Dangote Cement a 10km2 plot of land in Ngaka, Ruvuma to mine coal. The decision follows the acknowledgment by President John Magufuli that Tancoal, the local coal producer, is unable to meet domestic demand, according to the Citizen newspaper. At present manufacturers are unable to import coal from South Africa due to a government ban. In late 2016 Dangote Cement made a deal with the government to supply natural gas to its cement plant at Mtwara following a temporary shutdown at the site.
UK: Hanson is considering spending around Euro23m on building a new clinker mill and other improvements at its Padeswood Cement plant. At present the site use four mills that are only able to grind about 40% of the kiln’s output, according to the Daily Post. A second phase of the upgrade project, dependent on production levels being increased, is planned to rebuild a railway link to the plant.
Mexico: Fives has supplied a Fives FCB Horomill for the new production line at Cementos Moctezuma’s Apazapan plant in Veracruz. The cement producer signed the acceptance certificate in mid-February 2017. The FCB Horomill 3800, supplied to fit the raw meal-grinding workshop, is part of the new plant that was inaugurated by Cementos Moctezuma in January 2017.
Germany: Schwenk Zement has been confirmed as the buyer of Opterra Zement’s Karsdorf cement plant. The transaction remains subject to the Germany competition body and this is expected to take up to six months, according to the Naumburger Tageblatt newspaper. Employees are reportedly ‘concerned’ about the acquisition because Schwenk Zement operates its Bernburg plant in the same state, Saxony-Anhalt. The deal also includes a cement grinding plant.
South Korea: Voith has reported on a contract to engineer and install a belt conveyor drive and controller system for SsangYong Cement’s Donghae plant. Changes made by the engineering firm to two belt conveyors from the main limestone quarry to the plant managed to double the production of the quarry.
The engineering company installed new drive trains on the longer 12.8km SB500 belt conveyor, one of the longest single conveyors in the world. The installed power is now 2 x 1.2MW at the head and 1 x 1.2MW at the tail of the conveyor. The existing drives from the longer conveyor were used to double the number of drive trains on the shorter 2km SB200 conveyor. The new configuration of the SB200 drive system consists of 4 x 600kW installed power at the head equipped with new gearboxes. A Voith TurboBelt DriveControl system was also installed to reduce the start-up time of the longer conveyor by half, from originally over 10 minutes. The system includes active-load sharing, belt conveyor control, slip detection and remote service capability. It is also expected to extend the belt lifetime by reducing the mechanical stress as well as the dynamic impacts.
“Due to this retrofit project, we were able to reduce the working hours of plant workers, achieved cost savings, and a flexible operation is now possible. Thanks to Voith’s technical support and efforts, the plant will enjoy sustainable operations providing value to its community, its owner, and the employees,” said Dukgi Lee, General Manager of the plant.
Philippines: Eagle Cement is planned an initial public offering (IPO) of US$183m to partly pay for a US$249m cement plant it wants to build in Cebu. The plant will have a cement production capacity of 2Mt/yr when complete, according to the Philippines Star newspaper. The project will also include building a distribution centre and marine terminals in Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions. Additional financing will be sourced though debt funding and internal sources. Construction is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the project is anticipated to be finished in the first quarter of 2010.
Egypt: FLSmidth has been awarded an order from El Sewedy Cement Company to build a cement production line at Ain Soukhna in Suez Governorate. The order is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The full scope of the order includes an OK 39-4 vertical mill for raw grinding, EV 250x300 Hammer Impact Crusher, stacker and reclaimer systems for storage, QCX quality control system, ECS/ControlCenter control system, Rotax-2 rotary kiln with low NOx ILC calciner, Jetflex burner and a FLSmidth Cross-Bar cooler. The OK mill and Rotax-2 kiln will be the first of these models to be installed in Egypt. Additional equipment in the order includes planetary gear units from FLSmidth MAAG Gear, electrostatic precipitators and fabric filters from FLSmidth Airtech, a control system and plant automation from FLSmidth Automation and weighing and metering systems from FLSmidth Pfister.
"This order reflects the strong relations we have had with one of the biggest industry groups in Egypt for almost a decade. Working closely with El Sewedy Cement Company, we assist them in improving productivity and operational excellence," said Group Executive Vice President, Cement Division, Per Mejnert Kristensen.
India: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has decided to form a multi-disciplinary committee to examine the possibility of building cement plants near to power plants to use fly ash. The decision was taken at the ministry's Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for thermal power projects in mid-February 2017 following a directive by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in January 2017, according to the Mint newspaper.
"Only 20 - 30% of fly ash is being currently used in making Pozzolana Portland Cement (PPC). Though there are technologies available worldwide for using 80% of fly ash in cement manufacturing, it is not practised in India for various reasons," said an expert committee convened by the ministry.
A sub-committee may be formed with the representative Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Power, CEA (Central Electricity Authority), Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and Ministry of Coal to examine the issue. In 2015, about 180Mt of fly ash was produced across India and by 2025 it is estimated to reach 300Mt/yr. Unused fly ash is typically dumped into ash ponds.
Pakistan: Bestway Cement plans to set-up a 6000t/day integrated cement plant at its Farroqia site in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. It has signed an agreement with China’s Sinoma International Engineering Company to build the plant. No cost for the project or a scheduled timescale has been released.
Myanmar: Mawlamyine Cement has been ordered to conduct an additional environmental impact assessment at its Kyaikmayaw cement plant in Mon State. The government has requested that a third party conduct the study at the site, according to the Daily Eleven newspaper. Issues with coal use, transportation of finished products via river and emissions have been raised by the Environmental Conservation Department. The cement producer has also been asked to include residents in the assessment to ensure transparency of the process.
Mawlamyine Cement is a joint venture between Thailand’s Siam Cement Group and Pacific Link Cement Industries. The 1.8Mt/yr plant was built for US$400m and was scheduled to start production in late 2016.