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US: A series of scattered fires that erupted on 11 April 2015 at Essroc Cement in Nazareth, Pennsylvania have been deemed accidental by the Vigilance Hose Co.
The initial fire began shortly after 16:00 on an underground conveyor belt that transports stone from Essroc's plant II to plant I in Nazareth, said fire chief Danny Keenhold. He said an unidentified malfunction on the belt caused the fire, which began underground. The fire then ignited a separate above-ground portion of the conveyor belt. It took firefighters from seven different agencies about two hours to extinguish the fire from both ends.
There were no reported injuries to Essroc crews or firefighters. The conveyor belt will now need to be repaired. Keenhold said that in the interim trucks will transport stone between the plants.
Nicaragua: Cement companies Holcim and Cemex are increasing their investments in Nicaragua in preparation to supply the volumes required by the country over the coming years.
Holcim Nicaragua has inaugurated a US$10m project that will increase production by 30% and exceed 400,000t/yr. The business now has a new dynamic separator at its plant in Nagarote that will increase production through a more efficient use of raw materials and energy resources. It has also announced a second expansion phase, involving a US$6m investment to increase production by another 30%. The company, which has a 47% stake in the national cement market has ensured that it has sufficient reserves to produce the same volume of cement for 50 years.
Similarly, Cemex Nicaragua is building a US$55m plant in Ciudad Sandino in order to increase its annual production from 440,000t/yr to 800,000t/yr from 2017.
India/China: China's Sinoma International Engineering Co Ltd is keen to invest in cement and wind energy projects in Andhra Pradesh. Song Shoushan, Sinoma's chairman, told the delegation that it sees India as a potential market for the cement industry and that Sinoma sees Andhra Pradesh as a potential state for their biggest manufacturing facility in India.
Zambia: Following the resumption of management at Zambezi Portland Cement (ZPC) by the original company founders, Antonio Ventriglia and Manuela Sebastiani on 8 April 2015, the cement plant was discovered to be in extraordinary disrepair, having suffered much costly damage under the previous management.
According to sources at ZPC, numerous pieces of large machinery and vehicles have been damaged beyond repair under the stewardship of former managing director Andrew Kamanga, who was later succeeded by Peter Kanaganayagam.
Both Kamanga and Kanaganayagam were appointed to run ZPC in late 2012 following a disputed board meeting that took place after other company directors had been deported from the country under suspicious circumstances that were recently reversed by the courts. Both directors' lack of qualifications and experience in operating a cement plant was criticised by a number of employees at the plant.
"Just a few years ago this was a world-class cement company, the best in Zambia, but now Rajan Mahtani, Kamanga and Kanaganyagam have almost run it into the ground," said one of the plant's engineers. "Not only have they neglected and destroyed valuable equipment worth millions of dollars, they have also issued a series of fake invoices for replacement parts as part of a ongoing scam. There is no way that any responsible manager would let so much valuable equipment go to waste."
According to sources at ZPC, such a level of destruction was made possible because of alleged unscrupulous purchase contracts for spare parts from suppliers that had no capacity to fulfil the orders. "We saw Kanaganayagam take millions of dollars worth of kickbacks by awarding these bogus contracts for spare parts that never arrived, one of these companies being Zamrock Zambia Limited," alleged one employee who worked closely with management in the sales office.
Kanaganayagam has since fled Zambia shortly following the court decision to reverse the deportation orders against the company's true owners. Mahtani, who was found to owe a large amount of unpaid taxes to the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), is currently believed to be in hiding in Canada, according to local media.
Russia: The government of Chelyabinsk and China's Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited are negotiating the construction of a cement plant. Anhui Conch has been provided several plots for assessment. According to general manager Wang Jianchao, a project scheme will be determined in the near future and will either consist of the modernisation of existing facilities or the construction of a new cement plant at undeveloped limestone deposits.
Venezuela: AVIC International Beijing Co Ltd and its customer Industria Venezolana del Cemento (INVECEM) have ordered two vertical roller mills for INVECEM's new cement plant in Monay, Trujillo, Venezuela. The order comprises a LM 53.3+3C for grinding clinker and an LM 48.4 raw meal mill.
The new cement plant is a joint venture project of the governments of Venezuela and China, which have agreed to build three new cement plants in Venezuela, each with 2500t/day of cement production capacity.
The LM 48.4 LOESCHE vertical roller mill will grind cement raw material with a capacity of 280t/hr at 12% R0.09mm. The LM 53.3+3C cement mill will produce 200t/hr of Ordinary Portland cement with a fineness of 3200 Blaine. LDC classifiers are also included. Delivery of the key parts is planned for November 2015.
Zambia: Lafarge Zambia will begin work on the US$217m expansion of its cement plant in Lusaka in 2015 despite the recent opening of Dangote's cement plant in the country and slow regional economic growth.
Construction will start in the second half of 2015 and be completed in 2018, according to Emmanuel Rigaux, chief executive of the plant. The work will double Lafarge's cement production capacity to 2Mt/yr.
Lafarge's expansion and Dangote's new plant are not expected to cause a cement glut in Zambia, mainly because of demand from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. "The growth there is massive, in fact it's even higher than in Zambia," said Rigaux.
Chinese and Zambian officials also appear to be planning the construction of a cement plant in Zambia: Find story here.
Brazil: Votorantim Cimentos has announced a new investment package for 2015 – 2018. US$1.6bn will be invested in five new plants in Brazil, one in Turkey and one in Bolivia, as well as in the expansion and modernisation of existing plants. The announcement comes after an investment plan of US$3.2bn, completed in the period between 2007 - 2014, when the company expanded its global production capacity by 51%.
In Brazil, Votorantim's priority is to increase production in the central-north and northeast regions. It has identified growth potential in the construction sector and in cement consumption in those regions. Two of the new cement plants will begin operating in 2015, one in Edealina, Goiás and another in Primavera, Pará. In the second phase, the construction of two plants in Sobral and Pecém in Ceará is planned and one in Caaporã, Paraíba. The plants are expected to come on stream in the second half of 2017.
With its new plants, Votorantim will increase its cement production capacity in Brazil by 18%, adding about 6Mt/yr to the current capacity of 32Mt/yr of cement. The investments are in line with the company's preparation for a new cycle of growth in the country. "We are concentrating investments in attractive and profitable markets, always with long-term vision and thinking of the future market demand," said Walter Dissinger, Votorantim Cimentos' CEO.
In the Americas and Europe, investments include one cement plant in Yacuses, Bolivia in partnership with two other companies and one new plant in Turkey. The company is also considering the construction of a new plant in Morocco. In the US there is a project for the expansion of the Charlevoix plant in Michigan. "The American market is recovering and is also attractive," said Dissinger. The new projects outside of Brazil will add 2.5Mt/yr to the company's installed capacity. "We prepared ourselves to confront a challenging scenario in Brazil and follow our policy of thinking in the long term. Our discipline and financial solidity allows us to keep investing to be ready for the recovery of the markets," said Dissinger.
Colombia: The corporate affairs vice president of Cemex in Colombia, Daniel Suarez, has said that the company is bringing forward the expansion of its Caracolito plant, which is responsible for 30% of Colombia's cement supply.
The project includes the expansion of the existing quarry with an additional 110,000m2 of land, a complete reconstruction of the kilns and the replacement of the air treatment filters. Cemex will also open a new plant in the northeast of Antioquia.
Cemex's Colombian sales have exceeded 1Mt/month in recent months, driven by projects like '4G motorways' and housing schemes. Cemex does not export any cement from Colombia. 65% of its revenues in the country come from individuals who buy cement to either build new rooms for their homes or build a home by themselves. 35% is sold to construction firms.
Russia: Ulyanovskcement, a subsidiary of Eurocement, is setting up a new cement shipping and packaging department. The project includes a new 6200t/day dry-process production line. Equipment produced by Ibau Hamburg Ingenieurgesellschaft Industriebau GmbH will be installed.