Union Cement Co said on Wednesday it is considering using coal to fire one of its kilns instead of natural gas or heavy fuel.
Cement makers in the United Arab Emirates are turning to imported coal as gas is scarce and a petrodollar-fuelled building boom shows no signs of letting up.
Ras al-Khaimah-based Union Cement said in a statement on the bourse website its board had approved presenting a feasibility study on switching its kiln 3 to coal from heavy fuel and natural gas.
Home to the world’s fifth biggest gas reserves, the United Arab Emirates has failed to tap fields quickly enough to meet spiralling demand.
The construction sector has a double hunger for coal, used as both a kiln fuel for cement making and a raw material in the process.