ABB completes test runs at Attock Cement, Pakistan

ABB completes test runs at Attock Cement, Pakistan
Published: 12 July 2012


ABB has successfully completed test runs of its SpectraFlow online analysers at Fauji Cement plant in Attock, Pakistan.

Fauji Cement Company (FCC), headquartered in Rawalpindi, operates a 1.165Mta cement plant, located in the province of Punjab. In 2009, Fauji Cement built a second kiln line to expand its production capacity and invested in a raw material proportioning (RMP) solution in combination with a SpectraFlow online analyser to optimise its stockpile blending. The expanded operation increases the turnover at the stockpile from which both kiln lines are fed with raw material. The combination of pre-blending and raw mix proportioning software together with the SpectraFlow online analyser resulted in a significant reduction of additives by providing raw meal with the correct kiln feed quality. Up to 98 per cent of the raw meal now comes directly from the stockpile.

ABB’s SpectraFlow analyser uses the SOLBASTM technology, which is an innovative application of the well-known and environmentally friendly Near Infrared (NIR). The NIR ranges from 700 to 2500 nanometers allow the use of standard lights as the analyser’s source. ABB employs its long used Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectrometer concept to obtain the final spectra. This ensures a high stability and repeatability of the analysis and enables the exchange of calibrations between spectrometers.

Previously, ABB also revamped Fauji Cement’s existing line, which feeds 3700tpd, by delivering a 132kV grid, an MV distribution system, a motor control centre (MCC) including panels, motors and drives. In addition, ABB supplied a plant control system, a pre-mix and raw mill quality control system as well as an expert control system for the kiln, cooler, raw mill and the cement mill.

This is ABB’s first order for the complete electrification of a cement plant in Pakistan. Many large infrastructure projects are helping to improve the socio-economic situation in Pakistan and turning the region into a growing market for cement.