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US: Arcadis, a natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, has announced that it will oversee the construction on a multi-million dollar modernisation project set to transform Lafarge North America's Ravena cement plant in New York State into one of the most advanced dry-kiln facilities in the country.
Arcadis will oversee the replacement of the existing 50-year old kiln, supporting Lafarge's commitment to quickly implement industry-leading mercury emissions caps. The improvements will further reduce SO2 and mercury emissions by an additional 20% over the next three years.
Slated for completion in 2016, the construction will create hundreds of jobs and retain over 100 current positions. Arcadis will coordinate all aspects of construction, including locating and purchasing materials, oversight of up to eight contracting companies, overall schedule coordination, management of materials and security of the site.
Vietnam: Prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung has agreed to eliminate five more cement projects from the Zoning plan for the 2011 - 2020 period due to lower domestic cement consumption. The projects removed from the master plan have a combined capacity of 910,000t/yr. Earlier the prime minister had also approved the Ministry of Construction's proposal for removing nine clinker projects with a capacity of less than 2500t/day.
In 2013 the Vietnamese government decided to postpone the construction of nine other cement plants in Thanh Son, Tan Phu Xuan, Tan Tao, Yen Mao, Sai Gon Tan Ky, Phu Son, My Duc, Nam Dong and Minh Tam. While these cement plants face the axe, the government approved a project to develop Long Son Cement Plant, which will have a production capacity of 2.3Mt/yr in the northern province of Thanh Hoa. Construction commenced in early 2014 and will be put into operation in 2018.
Despite admitting the current cement glut on the local market, a number of projects are still underway as such schemes are enlisted in the nation's Zoning plan and project owners have invested huge sums in such plants, according Nguyen Van Thien, chairman of the Vietnam Cement Association. Project owners have no other choice but to continue the projects after injecting big funds, otherwise they cannot recover capital to service bank loans.
According to the Vietnam Cement Association, the combined capacity of all the country's cement plants is expected to reach more than 90Mt/yr by 2015, in line with the Zoning plan. Meanwhile, cement demand is forecast at 75 – 76Mt/yr by 2015. Vietnamese cement consumption was only 48Mt in 2012. Should demand rise by 5 - 10%/yr in 2014 and 2015, sales volumes would reach 60Mt, much lower than the expected figure.
Nigeria: The Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken at the ground breaking ceremony of a new line at the 2.5Mt/yr Akamkpa cement plant, owned by United Cement Company of Nigeria (UniCem) in Cross River State. The company, which already operates a 2.5Mt/yr line on the same site, is the third largest producer of cement in Nigeria and aims to further secure this position when the new line comes online in 2016.
President Jonathan used the event to highlight the rapid development of the Nigerian cement industry. "In 2002 the Federal Government of Nigeria formulated the Backward Integration Policy (BIP) in the cement industry with a view to making Nigeria a self-sufficient cement producer," he said. "Within a decade, we have witnessed phenomenal growth in the industry from 2Mt/yr of cement produced locally in Nigeria to 28Mt/yr of installed capacity in 2013."
"Today's event by UniCem is yet another milestone for the company, the industry and the nation at large as this event brings additional 2.5Mt/yr to the nation's existing capacity," he continued. "I am particularly impressed that after five years of inauguration of the first line, we are gathered here today to break ground for the additional 2.5Mt/yr cement line."
Egypt: An official source in Egypt's Ministry of Electricity revealed that ItalGen, one of Italcementi Group affiliates, plans to build a 200MW wind power plant to increase its production capacity to 320MW. The plant will cost around US$220m. The project will be the first privately-built wind power plant to supply energy to plants of Suez Cement, an Italcementi subsidiary. Production capacity for the first phase would be 120MW, which would increase to 400MW in the future.
Colombia: The president of Cemex Colombia, Carlos Jacks, has provided details of the US$340m plant the company plans to build in Maceo, Antioquia Department. The plant will be the first that Cemex constructs entirely from scratch outside of Mexico; in the past it has simply expanded existing plants abroad. The plant will increase Cemex's Colombian production capacity from 4.50Mt/yr to 5.50Mt/yr.
The plant will be able to use 50% of alternative fuels, either biomass or tyre residue, although initially the plant will use coal. Maceo has been chosen due to its central location in reference to the Prosperidad roads, which will connect it well with the rest of the country.
The plant has great potential due to the 4G road projects, which require US$26bn of investments from 2016. As cement makes up 10% of the investment costs, this means US$520m will be spent on 2Mt of cement each year. When combined with Colombia's established cement market, demand in the country will reach around 14Mt/yr.
Kyrgyzstan: A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 29 August 2014 at the site of a new cement plant in Kemin, Chui Province, about 13km east of the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. The plant, which is being constructed by Chinese investment, will cost around US$70m, according to Sun He, business counsellor with the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyz first vice prime minister Tayirbek Sarpashev said that he was confident that the cement plant would bring more jobs to Kemin and bring about tax revenues of between US$10m and US$15m each year upon completion.
Zhu Rongjun, general manager of ZETH-Cement, the Chinese investment subsidiary that is registered in Kyrgyzstan and the investor of the new cement plant, said that it would use advanced technology for production at the plant. Zhu added that the plant would start formal construction in 2014 and be completed and put into production within 15 months.
India: Ramco Cement has announced that it intends to construct a cement factory at Kilimigundla in Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh at a cost of US$250m. The total investment in the cement plant and related infrastructure could go up to US$500m, as the development will require a 20km rail line to facilitate transport.
Ramco has requested that the State Chief Minister provide necessary land to develop the plant and also facilitate necessary clearances to develop the rail line, which Ramco claims would also be useful for other projects in the area.
Meanwhile, Ramco has indicated that its new plant near Visakhapatnam will also be ready for commissioning by 15 October 2014.
Brazil: Apodi, owned by entrepreneurs Ivens Dias Branco (68%) and Juscelino Sarkis (32%), is to invest US$444m to set up a cement plant in the Brazilian state of Sergipe. It reportedly anticipates that the move will reinforce its stronghold in the north east of the country.
The new unit will have capacity for 5000t/day, adding to Apodi's two plants in Pecem and Quixada, Ceara state and expanding the company capacity to 10,000t/day in total.
Azerbaijan: Corporation Accord has reported that LLC Gazakh Cement Plant has started clinker production. It reports that the company will increase its rate of production to 70% by mid-September 2014 before ramping up to 100% of its 2500t/day (~0.8Mt/yr) clinker capacity in October 2014.
There are plans for the Sinoma-built plant to undergo capacity expansion in the coming years, with an increase to a capacity of 3Mt/yr of cement in 2017.
Democratic Republic of Congo: The Danish cement plant manufacturer FLSmidth & Co has announced that it has secured a contract to supply Nyumba Ya Akiba SARL in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a 'complete package of equipment and engineering for a greenfield cement plant.' The deal is worth US$90.3m.