The new production line at Buzzi Unicem’s Suchoi Log in the Urals, Russia, was inaugurated on 6 August 2010, the same day on which, for this particular occasion, the citizens also celebrated builders day and the 400-year anniversary of the city’s founding. The event was well-covered by the regional and national press, with nearly all the newspapers featuring articles about how such a technologically advanced production line with a production capacity of 1.1Mta of cement came into being at Suchoi Log.
The official ceremony was held on a stage erected in front of the engineering building, with the proceedings starting at 2 p.m. under a boiling hot sun the likes of which had not been seen in Russia for years. The event was attended by representatives from Buzzi Unicem and Dyckerhoff, the mayor, the president and general manager of Sukholozhskcement, and the guest of honor, Aleksandr Misharin, the governor of the Sverdlovsk region, who was very impressed by the size of the plant and requested a tour of the main areas.
Misharin offered his compliments on the project and lauded the advanced technology of the new plant. The governor also pointed out how this latest investment is a shining example of international collaboration between Russia, Italy and Germany.
After a few short introductory speeches, the focal point of the entire event arrived at 15.19 hours, when the governor and Ing. Sandro Buzzi pressed a symbolic, red ON button together on the stage, and a little further away near the kiln a young member of the team of employees that will manage the new plant started up the main burner.
The day of celebration concluded at the Cristall Theater in the city center with a concert dedicated to the Sukholozhskcement workers and their families during which they saw several performers, including the great accordionist, Piotr Draga.
The new line 5 at Suchoi Log has a capacity of 1.1Mta of cement and was constructed partly with new equipment and partly with equipment recycled from plants that had closed down during the last 10 years.
The raw materials equipment and cooler came from Amoeneburg, while the raw mill came from Neubeckum. Some of the other important equipment includes the cement mills from Neubeckum and the kiln, together with all the support units and control unit, from Guidonia.
The clinker burning facility consists of a five-stage preheater tower with precalciner. To adequately meet the seasonally variable demand for cement in Russia, the clinker storage area has a capacity of 150,000t, which is much bigger than those at similar plants in Europe and the United States.