Cemex announced that it plans to expand the production capacity at its Odessa, Texas cement plant by 345,000t to nearly 900,000tpa to keep pace with rapidly growing demand in its West Texas market led mainly by the oil and gas industry.
“This expansion reinforces our longstanding history of serving West Texas and the oil and gas industry by providing superior products,” said Karl Watson, Jr, President of Cemex USA. “We look forward to remaining a top cement provider to the oil and gas industry as well as supporting the region’s growth in infrastructure and residential construction,” he added.
The demand for specialty cement products used in well construction is growing as a result of the use of more efficient extraction technologies, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Oil wells using this technology typically reach depths of thousands of feet. Specialty well cement is required for the complex application and extreme conditions to which these wells are exposed.
The expansion will include an improved higher capacity load out system, allowing for a more efficient truck loading process to accommodate the region’s growing demand for cement.