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Saudi Arabia: Germany's thyssenkrupp has won a contract from Yamama Saudi Cement Company, one of Saudi Arabia's biggest cement producers, to build two turnkey cement clinker production lines. The two lines with an overall cement capacity of 20,000t/day will be built at a new site around 80km east of the capital Riyadh. The value of the contract is in the high three-digit million Euro range. It is the largest cement contract ever secured by thyssenkrupp.
Jens Michael Wegmann, CEO of the Industrial Solutions business area of thyssenkrupp said, "Our partnership with Yamama is built on a longstanding tradition and dates back many decades. We are delighted that Yamama is once again putting its faith in our comprehensive experience in the turnkey construction of complete cement plants worldwide."
The main components include two mobile primary crushers for limestone (each 1800t/hr throughput), three crushers for additives (each 500t/hr), two crushers for correctives (each 100t/hr) as well as two circular blending beds for limestone, each with a capacity of 80,000t and various additive storage facilities. Four QUADROPOL QMR2 roller mills with a throughput of 425t/hr and two 35,000t capacity homogenizing silos will be used to grind and store the raw material.
The kiln lines comprise six-stage and two-string preheaters with PREPOL AS-MSC calciner, rotary kilns with POLFLAME-VN clinkering zone burners, and POLYTRACK clinker coolers. The clinker will be stored in three 10,000t capacity clinker silos and two 100,000t capacity clinker storage facilities. Four combi grinding units consisting of POLYCOM high-pressure grinding rolls, ball mills and SEPOL separators as well as downstream cement coolers will each produce 300t/hr of cement.
The cement will be stored in six cement silos each with a capacity of up to 25,000t. The line will also feature six cement packing and loading stations. Quality control and monitoring will be handled by a POLCID process control system and POLAB laboratory automation system.
Yamama Saudi Cement and thyssenkrupp have been working together since the 1960s when the company placed an order for an initial 300t/day rotary kiln. Six larger cement production lines have since been added.
Saudi Arabia: A new on-site power plant at United Cement Industrial Company's (UCIC) cement plant in Saudi Arabia will be operated and maintained by MAN Diesel & Turbo. MAN Diesel & Turbo was also responsible for building the 54MW power plant, near Jeddah, where five MAN 20V32/44 CR diesel engines provide electrical power for the new cement plant. A five-year contract with UCIC for operation and maintenance includes the option of an extension for another five years.
Saudi Arabia: Arabian Cement Company (ACC) is planning to build a new 10,000t/day brownfield cement line in Rabigh.
In order to increase the cement grinding capacities in phase 1, prior to the completion of the new line in Phase 2, ACC placed an order with China National Building Materials Group Corporation (CNBM) for a grinding plant, including two Loesche vertical roller mills.
The project execution will be done on a fast-track concept, which ensures a project schedule of only 13 months. Loesche will supply two large vertical roller mills of Type LM 63.3+3 with a table diameter of 6.3m and a main drive size of 7400kW. Under the fast-track concept, Loesche will not only supply the mills, but also all process related equipment like process filters, process fans, hot gas generators, as well as the complete basic engineering of the grinding plant to ensure a state-of-the-art plant design.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Cement Company has launched a new brand identity that embodies the company's future vision for growth.
A ceremony was held at the Sheraton Damman Hotel to mark the occasion in the presence of senior government officials, businessmen, suppliers and clients. The event also marked the company's diamond jubilee.
According to a statement, Saudi Cement chose to evolve its brand and motto in order to reflect a new identity and pledge solid commitment to clients in line with its vision and determination to continue in the path of fundamental evolution embarked on in 2008.
Chairman Khalid bin Abdul-rahman Al Rajhi said that the new identity confirms that Saudi Cement is looking forward to a brighter future. "In light of the changing conditions in the markets of the cement industry, the company reveals a new brand identity that reflects its historical legacy and our present day status, as well as our relentless efforts to be innovative and have a positive impact on the future," said the Chairman. "All of the shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers and the community we serve have played a part in our successful achievements and we cherish our excellent relations with them."
Managing Director Walid bin Ahmed Al Juffali highlighted the importance of planning and development in the outstanding performance of the company. He said that there were a number of key factors to the success of the company, including the concerted efforts of co-operation between the staff of the company, customers' trust and the favourable climate created by the government to support national companies.
"We were able to attain the objectives that we set during the past decade," said Al Juffali. "Armed with a clear vision we set our goals, outlined our values and managed to develop the organisational structure of the company and motivate the human resources to materialise our objectives. Thus Saudi Cement was able to attain its well-deserved leading position and looks forward to a promising future. The leading position assumed by Saudi Cement is the outcome of a solid foundation and historical heritage spanning half-a-century during which the company was able to weave close relations with stakeholders, clients, suppliers and the community it is serving to the benefit of all parties." He stressed that the new brand identity is an accolade deserved by merit of outstanding performance in the region, driving the company to become one of the major and most trusted companies in the Saudi and Middle East markets.
Saudi Cement benefits from its presence in Al Ahsa, in close proximity to the energy needed to run the cement plant and raw materials essential for the cement manufacturing process, as well as the availability of skilled labour and craftsmen. The proximity of the cement plant, linked by rail to King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam also helps to facilitate cement exports.
At today's official launch of LafargeHolcim, CEO Eric Olsen was asked to comment on the group's position in Iran. It doesn't have one, but that won't necessarily always be the case given events in Austria this week.
On Tuesday 14 July 2015, Iran and the P5+1 countries (US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) agreed an historic deal to limit Iranian nuclear activity in return for a significant lifting of existing trade sanctions at a meeting in Vienna. The country's cement industry will be delighted by this agreement. The talks, in progress since 2006, could mark what has been termed a 'new chapter' in relations between Iran and the rest of the world by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. For his part, US President Barack Obama stated that the deal would ensure that 'every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off' for Iran, but critics from the US, Iran, Israel and elsewhere, suggest that cutting all routes will not be possible. They are alarmed and have warned that the deal could lead to an arms race between Iran and Saudi Arabia, amid increasing animosity in the Middle East.
While the geopolitical implications of the deal are huge, the lifting of trade restrictions will greatly improve Iran's ability to deal internationally. This includes allowing increased oil exports. An article by Reuters anticipates that Iranian oil production could increase drastically from around 1 million barrels per day (mbpd) at present, possibly to its former peak of 3mbpd. (What this might do to the global oil price could be the subject of an entirely separate column). The easing of banking restrictions will make Iranian products more competitive and increase trade in many sectors.
Against this backdrop sits the Iranian cement industry, the world's third or fourth largest by production in 2014, depending on your source. It has an incredible 84.4Mt/yr of cement production capacity in a country of 77.5 million people. Assuming that it could produce and consume all of that cement at home, this would represent consumption of around 1100kg/capita/yr, far above the 600-800kg/capita/yr rate that is typical of a rapidly-developing economy.
Of course, Iran has not been consuming anything like this level of cement recently. According to figures released by its Employers Guild Association this week, Iran made 66.4Mt of cement in its 1393 calendar year, which ended on 21 March 2015. Assuming the above capacity, this gives Iran a cement utilisation capacity of around 78%.
Much of the cement made in Iran was exported in 2014 and so far in 2015. The country exported an incredible 18.4Mt/yr of cement and clinker in the year to 21 March 2015, up from 18.8Mt a year earlier. A large amount of this cement was available at low cost, to the extent that Iran has been accused (along with Pakistan) of dumping cement in the Middle East and East Africa. (Pakistani producers have even pointed out that Iranian cement is making inroads into the Afghan market, more traditionally a target for exports from Pakistan).
So what might happen to the cement trade dynamic in the region? Some suggest that the easing of sanctions can only increase the potential for Iranian cement imports in the region. Trade should become easier, facilitating exports.
Indeed, this is a factor, but it is only part of the equation. Instead, it is likely that, having earned foreign exchange via increased oil sales, Iran will be able to spend more at home. Reuters anticipates that demand for steel and cement will skyrocket as the country undertakes much-needed construction and infrastructure works. This situation would be similar to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. How Saudi Arabia reacts to this, both politically and in terms of cement trade, will be of high interest in the region and around the world.
Instead of increasing cement exports, the effect of the lifting of sanctions may decrease them. This will surely be welcome news to local producers currently being undercut in East Africa, as well as exporters in Pakistan, India and elsewhere. Could Pakistan even find itself exporting to Iran? If a US-Iran nuclear deal is possible, anything can happen...
Saudi Arabia: The Chinese General Contractor Chengdu Design & Research Institute of Bldg Materials Industry Co Ltd in Chengdu has placed an order with Gebr. Pfeiffer SE for the supply of an MPS 3070 BC cement mill for Readymix in Saudi Arabia. The 1100kW drive power mill will grind 30t/hr of granulated blast-furnace slag and 46t/hr of Ordinary Portland Cement to a fineness of 4000cm²/g and 3600cm²/g, respectively. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for 2015.
Saudi Arabia: Arabian Cement Company (ACC) has signed a US$96.5m contract with China's state-run CNBM, under which the Chinese firm will supply and install two cement mills at ACC's plant in Rabigh. The contract includes all engineering, construction and electrical and mechanical works. It will take 13 months to complete.
Saudi Arabia: Southern Province Cement (SPC) has launched trial operations of a third production line at its plant in Tuhama. The new line has 5000t/day of production capacity. The trial period will last about four months.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia's cement producers have again asked the government to lift a three-year-old ban on their exports so they can supply Egypt with 6Mt of cement, according to the chairman of Saudi Arabia's Cement Association.
"We are ready to export 6Mt of our cement surplus to Egypt following the signing of large contracts between that country and global companies this week," said Jihad Al-Rasheed, chairman of the national cement committee in the council of Saudi chambers of commerce and industry. Al-Rasheed said that it was time for Saudi authorities to lift the export ban after the emergence of 'golden' opportunities for the country's cement manufacturers to export their products to nearby Qatar, which needs large quantities of building materials for the planned stadia and other facilities for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. He added that other key markets that need Saudi cement include Kuwait, Bahrain, Sudan, Yemen and Ethiopia.
"Some Saudi cement plants were constructed in border areas with the aim of exporting their products to neighbouring countries, but the export ban has inflicted heavy losses on them and could force them to lay off workers," said Al-Rasheed. He added that cement companies in Saudi Arabia are trying to reduce a surplus of >20Mt by supplying domestic projects. "Most of the local government and private sector projects now have sufficient cement supplies. We want the Saudi government to lift the ban on cement exports in line with international trade rules," said Al-Rasheed.
Saudi Arabia partially lifted the cement export ban in 2009 before enforcing it again in 2012 to ensure enough supplies for domestic projects. According to Al-Rasheed, cement demand in Saudi Arabia stood at around 57.2Mt in 2014 and is projected to grow to nearly 59.5Mt in 2015.
Saudi Arabia: Yanbu Cement Company (YCC) has signed a contract to set up a 34MW waste heat recovery (WHR) system at its 8.5Mt/yr capacity cement plant near Yanbu with China's Sinoma Energy Conservation Ltd for US$61.8m.
The WHR system will be on stream by the end of 2016 and will be one of the largest of its kind at a cement plant in the world. It will be the largest in Saudi Arabia. Once operational, this WHR system will result in substantial savings in terms of fuel dependence for power generation from the diesel power station. Carbon emissions at the plant will be reduced by more than 100,000t/yr. About 25% of YCC's energy requirement will be met from the WHR system.