West China Cement announced that it has completed Phase 1of its first waste sludge treatment facility at its Lantian plant, as part of on-going energy conservation and environmental protection efforts.
The facility has been established under the auspices of the Shaanxi Provincial and Municipal Environmental Protection Administrative Department to co-treat industrial waste produced by the new manufacturing plant of Samsung (China) Semiconductor Corporation (Samsung) in Shaanxi Province.
It is the first cement kiln sludge treatment facility in Shaanxi Province and in the Northwest of China and, when Phase II is completed, will have a capacity to treat 210,000tpa of industrial and municipal waste sludge.
In addition to treating the waste sludge produced by Samsung, the Facility will treat other industrial and municipal waste sludge in Xian and the Xian-Xianyang New Area. This will help ease the increasing pressure for waste treatment in this area, as well as promote environmental protection solutions in the cement industry and in Shaanxi Province. The Group expects that at full utilization, the fully completed facility can generate approximately CNY100m of profit for the Group per annum.
Taking this waste treatment opportunity with Samsung as its first step, the Group plans to take advantage of the strategic location of its plants to install similar waste treatment facilities at its other cement production lines that have a capacity of 2500tpd and above within the next two to three years. This will result in the group's waste treatment capacity increasing to 2.8Mta.