Cement News tagged: Environmental

Vietnam: Ha Tien 1 ordered to relocate

23 December 2016, Published under Cement News

The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) People’s Committee has demanded Ha Tien 1 Cement cease operation of its Thu Duc cement grinding station and relocate the plant. The company earlier proposed relocating its Thu Duc cement grinding station to District 9 and scaling up the capacity of its Phu Huu grinding station. However, the city government has turned down the proposal as they had concerns regardi...

Ireland: EPA to weigh in on Limerick plans

23 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Limerick Council has engaged consultants with a view to making an unprecedented submission over Irish Cement’s EUR10m Mungret plans, which will see fossil fuels replaced by the burning of tyres. At this week’s metropolitan meeting, metropolitan district boss, Kieran Lehane, confirmed consultants had been appointed to “carry out an appraisal of the air quality, health and climate change elem...

Dominican Republic: Cemex starts solar tender process for San Pedro de Macorís

20 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemex has opened tendering process for its new photovoltaic solar plant at San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic. The cement producer is looking for a company that can build and operate its new 13MW solar power plant and sell the output to Cemex. In 2014 Cemex opened its first solar farm with a capacity of 1.5MW. This was followed by an electricity supply agreement to provide ...

Pakistan: Pioneer Cement starts its WHR plant in Punjab province

19 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Pioneer Cement Ltd has informed Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) that its 12MW Waste Heat Recovery power plant (WHRPP) has started operations on from 15 December at Jouharabad, Khushab district, in central Punjab province. It will impact positively on the financial results of the company in the years to come. The company is also in the final stages of selecting a of supplier for installation ...

New EU carbon allowance mechanism proposed

New EU carbon allowance mechanism proposed

15 December 2016, Published under Cement News

MEPs have proposed that a system should be established for the cement and clinker sectors, among others, whereby importers will be required to surrender allowances to cover for the carbon content of imported goods. The Border Adjustment Measurement (BAM) scheme should be fully compatible with WTO rules and "focus on sectors with a low trade intensity and high emissions intensity such as...

Slovenia: Salonit receives EUR15m EBRD loan

16 December 2016, Published under Cement News

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced it is to provide a EUR15m loan to Salonit Anhovo to help it improve its operations. The funds will be used for energy and resource efficiency improvements and to restructure the company’s balance sheet. Salonit operates the largest cement works in Slovenia and alternative fuels account for 64 per cent of all fuel used...

HeidelbergCement announces Quarry Life Award winners of 2016

HeidelbergCement announces Quarry Life Award winners of 2016

12 December 2016, Published under Cement News

On 8 December 2016, the winners of the International Quarry Life Award were presented in Brussels, Belgium. This was the third edition of this bi-annual competition established by HeidelbergCement to explore innovative ideas to promote biodiversity at quarry sites. More than 450 proposals from 21 countries were submitted in 2016, of which 94 were selected for the competition in different cat...

Semen Indonesia plant receives environmental permit

12 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Despite protests, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has issued a new environmental permit to Semen Indonesia for its plant in Rembang. The new plant is almost complete and although some local residents have fought its opening, many are highlighting the benefits it will provide such as 1200 jobs. Semen Indonesia has denied that the new works will damage the environment.

USA: scientists develop programmable cement

08 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Scientists at Rice University, Texas, USA, have decoded the kinetic properties of cement and developed a way to "program" the microscopic, semi-crystalline particles within. The process turns particles from disordered clumps to organised cubes, spheres and other forms, making the material stronger, less porous and more durable. The Rice lab created cubes and rectangles by adding small am...

India: proposed Karnataka plants denied environmental clearance

08 December 2016, Published under Cement News

The federal Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has put a hold on proposals to build two cement plants and associated limestone mines in Kalaburgi, Karnataka, according to the Times of India. The two projects affected were put forward by India Cements and JSW Cements. The India Cements project was blocked by the MoEF due to concerns it would decrease agricultural productivity, while ...

Costa Rica: residents seek relief from dust

08 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Residents of Lourdes de Agua Caliente, Cartago, Costa Rica, have spoken out about dust emissions from a nearby Holcim Costa Rica plant. The Ministry of Health visited the plant in question this week, ordering it to control its dust emissions. Reports of dust clouds date back three years and have reportedly been a regular occurrence ever since. A company official from Holcim Costa Rica said ...

Australia: Adelaide Brighton Cement agrees gas deal

06 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adelaide Brighton Ltd, has signed a gas purchase agreement with Beach Energy Ltd for the delivery of exMoomba of processed sales gas from Beach's 100 per cent owned Western Flank acreage. Supply of gas over a 12-month term is expected to commence on 1 January 2017, with the agreement replacing Beach's existing ex PEL 106 raw gas sale...

Shree Cement awaits environmental clearance for West Bengal grinding unit

06 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Shree Cement is awaiting environmental clearance for its cement grinding unit in West Bengal, India. The company plans to build a 5Mta grinding plant at Prabatpur and Digha villages, Raghunathpur, Puralia district. The estimated INR6bn (US$88m) project also includes a 20MW coal- and petcoke-based captive power unit. A public hearing is scheduled for 9 December 2016. Shree Cement is y...

Protests again Semen Indonesia plant

06 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Approximately 300 people from Rembang, Central Java, have marched 150km in protest of the construction of a cement plant in the area by state-owned Semen Indonesia. The march was undertaken in a bid to force Central Java Governor, Ganjar Pranowo, to revoke the environmental permit issued to Semen Indonesia for the project in 2012.

Vietnam: Ha Long Cement dust complaints

05 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Residents of the northern Quang Ninh Province's Hoanh Bo District have complained about dust emissions, noise and smoke from the Ha Long Cement plant. Nguyen Van Ty head of Dat Do Village’s residential area said dust had been continuously discharged for 20 days. A representative from the cement plant responded to this claim, saying the plant had suffered technical errors and that the issue ...

USA: Orcem receives backlash over new plant

01 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Orcem America has said it wants to set up operations in Vallejo, California, opposite the Mare Island peninsula. Under Orcem’s proposal, slag would be brought in from Asia via the Mare Island Strait. Despite the project providing a guaranteed 30 well-paid jobs to an area of economic plight, the plans have not been met positively by locals, who have raised concerns over the pollution and dis...