Hunter’s new horizon
Spanning the Balcones Fault line and separating two thriving metropolises, Austin and San Antonio, the TXI Hunter plant is effectively positioned and well supplied by raw materials to serve one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. Additional capacity being brought online by the company’s new Kiln No 2 at the Hunter plant, will increase production to a total of 2.3Mst of cement, placing TXI in a solid position for this region over the coming decades. Andrew Pinkerton, David Perkins and Clifton Stapleton, of TXI Hunter Cement takes us on a tour.
TXI is the largest cement producer in Texas, and also operates a cement plant in the northern part of the state near Midlothian (near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex). Working from a rich history of 60 years of growth and improvement, it continues to strive for innovative excellence. Looking at the long-term potential of the Central Texas region and supplementing the expansion project at the Hunter Plant, TXI has also increased its presence in this market with expanded aggregates operations and ready-mix concrete facilities. These efforts will build a strong foundation for efficient and sustainable success in a region of the US that holds tremendous promise.
The current capacity of the Hunter plant is 900,000sta of cement. The original kiln line, a Polysius four-stage, single-strand preheater precalciner line, was commissioned in 1980. The new kiln line, which is projected to begin commissioning in the autumn of 2012, will add another 1.4Msta of cement capacity to the operation. With the existing facility, much of the current equipment will be used to feed the new plant from the quarry. However, many new additions have been made to accommodate the additional production.