Cement News tagged: Environmental

LafargeHolcim to co-process contaminated lime sludge at Theodore plant

29 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Some 30,000t of arsenic-contaminated lime sludge will be removed from Dunbar, West Virginia, USA, and taken to the LafargeHolcim cement plant in Theodore, Alabama, for co-processing into cement. The sludge had been dumped in the area in the 1960s and earlier plans to ship it to Citrus County first met with resistance from local officials.

Waste from Tirupur to fuel Coimbatore cement plant

28 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The non-biodegradable waste generated in Tirupur, India, will be delivered to a cement plant on the outskirts of Coimbatore, following the signing of a letter of intent by Tirupur’s city corporation with ACC. Around 30tpd of non-biodegradable waste will be supplied to ACC’s cement plant in Madukarai as an alternative to firewood. However, as waste segregation at micro-level has been poor, ...

China's carbon trading passes CNY6bn

28 November 2018, Published under Cement News

China's seven pilot carbon trading schemes reached CNY6bn (US$863.9m) at the end of October, rising from CNY4.7bn at the end of 2017, reported the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. China's pilot CO 2 trading schemes cover the cities of Beijing, Tianjan, Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen, and the provinces of Guangdong and Hebei. The schemes were introduced in 2013 and include the cement an...

Hoffmann Green Cement opens Bournezeau plant

22 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies (HGCT) inaugurates its new cement plant – dubbed the first green cement plant in France – in Bournezeau, Vendée. The production process relies on the chemical reaction between clay and limestone due to activators. As a result, a flash firing of metakaolin during five seconds at 750˚C is the sole temperature rise in the production process. "Our technology d...

Mixed court orders for Pakistan's cement industry

Mixed court orders for Pakistan's cement industry

20 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The cement industry has received mixed court orders from Supreme Court of Pakistan and Peshawar High Court on environmental/water scarcity and the gas tariff issue, respectively last week. Lucky Cement Ltd has received a stay order from the Peshawar High Court bench, which has temporarily directed the gas utility company Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) not to collect a higher tariff ...

Subcoal plant construction begins on Teeside

19 November 2018, Published under Cement News

N+P has achieved a financial closure for its Subcoal Energy Pellet Production plant in Teesside, UK. Construction work has commenced with pellet production due to start in July 2019. From start-up the plant will employee more than 30 full time personnel.  The Subcoal plant will consume 250,000tpa of C&I feedstock and will produce 187,500tpa of Subcoal.  The EPC contractor is Fairport Enginee...

Cemex invests US$320m in solar energy

Cemex invests US$320m in solar energy

19 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex will invest US$320m in a solar farm in Zacatecas, Mexico. The solar power plant will have a capacity of 378MW. “At cement we bring different projects and we do not rule out starting other solar farms,” said Beatriz Padilla García, business development consultant of Cemex’s energy arm.  The facility is expected to start operations next year. Electricity generated by the plant will be s...

Andusia starts SRF exports to Mediterranean

16 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Andusia exported their first consignment of solid recovered fuel (SRF) to a Mediterranean cement plant last month. This is Andusia's first SRF contract and the process has proven to be a success, especially during a period when other companies in the industry are seeing a decline in their export figures, according to a company statement. Mark Terrell, director at Andusia, said: "As Andusi...

The EPA closes Kiln Line A at Kohat Cement

13 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Kohat Cement has been made to close Line A at its cement factory in Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, having been found to be in violation of the permissible dust emissions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "The EPA has taken action against Kohat Cement Factory over public complaints about dust pollution," says Director-General Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) KP, Dr Muham...

Arkan Building Materials to co-process SPL

13 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) will supply Abu Dhabi-based Arkan Building Materials with waste from its smelting operations. Arkan will co-process EGA’s spent pot lining (SPL) material in its kilns. EGA is building facilities at its Al Taweelah site to process SPL into an alternative raw material or fuel that can be used in cement plants. HE Eng Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, chairman of Arkan, ...

Hpa-an plants come under public pressure for using coal

12 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Local residents of Hpa-an, Kiyan state, Myanmar, have called on the government to monitor local cement plants that have switched from using natural gas to coal-fired kilns. The two local cement plants in Hpa-an produce 4900tpd and are now 20 years old. Local residents met on 10 November 2018 to urge the authorities to stop the operations of the factories. Environmental impact assessments...

Cemex creates strategic partnership with Energy Vault

08 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex Research Group AG will is creating a strategic partnership with Energy Vault of Switzerland to launch the first gravity-based energy storage system. Energy vault uses a crane to lift 35t concrete blocks with excess electricity, then discharges electricity when demand requires by lowering the blocks to turn turbines. Cemex is working on material applications which include the optimisati...

ACC adopts solar power for Kudithini and Thondebhavi grinding mills

08 November 2018, Published under Cement News

ACC Ltd (LafargeHolcim group) has adopted the use of solar power in the cement manufacturing process at its grinding units in Kudithini and Thondebhavi in Karnataka. The intent is to use about 30MW of solar power at these plants, which will meet over half its annual power requirement – an estimated 45m units of solar power annually. Switching to solar power will reduce CO 2 emissions by 38,0...

LafargeHolcim Paulding harnesses wind power

08 November 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim's Paulding plant has become the group's first cement plant in North America to harness wind power. "Distributed wind energy is a first for LafargeHolcim in North America and something we're excited to leverage," said Jamie M Gentoso, CEO of US Cement operations. "The Paulding cement plant has been an anchor of this region for decades, producing high-quality cement and mineral co...

TPI Polene claims waste-fuelled power is unsustainable

07 November 2018, Published under Cement News

TPI Polene has complained about the quality of national waste sorting in Thailand. The company has invested about THB4bn (US$121.9m) in waste-fuelled power plants. But high operational costs, including sorting, make the waste-to-energy business unsustainable, says the Thai cement producer.  The lack of sorting means that Thailand's wet and damp waste can only generate about 1200kcal of ener...

Keflavík harbour blocked by grounded cement carrier

07 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The 4000dwt cement carrier Fjordvik has run aground at the entrance to Keflavík harbour in Iceland. The incident happened on Friday 2 November when 14 crew members and pilot were safely lifted off the stricken vessel. The Fjordvik remains lodged on the rocks with a breach in the hull and a small oil spill. The ship had apprximately 100t of oil on board and initial attempts to pump the oil int...