The NEXE Group has successfully completed a EUR1.6m annual routine maintenance of its kiln at its Nasicecement works and clinker production resumed on Friday.
Maintenance was also carried out on the company’s grinding plant, packing and loading installation and on its bulk loading unit, all of which will allow the optimisation of milling operations and more efficient use of electricity, NEXE said in a statement.
With a 1.1Mta capacity, Nasicecement is the country’s second-largest plant in terms of capacity and market share. Starting out in 1980 with 0.45Mta capacity, reconstruction projects in 1993 and 2003 saw the works more than double its output potential and significantly reduce its energy use as well as convert from gas to coal as primary fuels. Moreover, alternative fuels such as waste oil and old tyres became part of the works’ energy mix and at present, the plant is considering the addition of biomass as an energy source for its raw material drying.