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What is driving biomass use in the cement industry?

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

This week Ethiopia's Minister of Trade and Industry, Fetlework Gebre-Egziabher, spoke out on how the cement sector in his country could benefit from a move from coal-based energy to biomass with government backing. While the move would face challenges, such as securing investment and land required to grow biomass crops, the benefits of lowering demand on foreign currency reserves for coal imports and reducing CO2 emissions are clearly greater for Ethiopia. The country is but one of several...

Dalmia Cement to take non-hazardous waste

17 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Dalmia Cement's Ariyalur plant has agreed for the safe disposal of non-hazardous waste from the Golden Rock Railway Workshop (GRRW) in Turuchi, India. Dalmia's cement plant the second cement factory to accept waste from the GRR after UltraTech Cement's Ariyalur plant disposed of nearly 5000t of this zero-value waste in 2017. The zero-value waste is being used as an alternative fuel by Damlia Cement. The waste is to be dispatched to the plant in the form of rubber, belts, cushions, berth...


27 June 2019, Published under Cement News

UltraTech’s new INR25bn (US$360m) cement plant in Andhra Pradesh has received environmental approval. The works will reportedly have a cement and clinker capacity of 6Mta and 4Mta, respectively. Just over 430ha of land in Petnikota village has already been acquired for the plant, but the project is still waiting on “consent to establish and operate” from the state’s pollution control board, according to the Business Standard.  Alongside the factory, UltraTech also intends to install a 60M...

Kuwait Cement Co proposes AF initiative

25 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Kuwait Cement Co has proposed an initiative for the government to co-process municipal solid waste (MSW) at its plant in eastern Shuaiba to ease the issue of growing waste in the country. Meshal Al-Rashed, executive vice-chairman of Kuwait Cement Co, has requested the chairman of the municipal council to present the company’s solution to the Environment Committee, according to Al-Qabas. Mr Al-Rashed noted that the company is the only one in the country with the facilities to burn MSW in a ...

Asia's need to embrace co-processing

17 June 2019, Published under Cement News

As the Cemtech Asia 2019 Conference and Exhibition prepares to open in Bangkok next week, our weekly newsletter focusses on the opportunity for co-processing in Asia's cement sector, where general, post-consumer, plastic waste is being imported on an unprecedented scale, since China banned these foreign imports in 2017. Malaysia alone, for example, imported more than 754,000t of plastic waste from January to June 2018, according to Greenpeace. While public campaigns against imported waste ...

Holcim invests US$1m in solid waste processing in El Salvador

14 June 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim and its Geocycle brand have plans to invest more than US$1m in new waste processing equipment in El Salvador. The new equipment will be used to treat solid waste to supply alternative fuel for its cement production in the country. Geocycle processes around 0.7m used tyres in 2018, bringing the company’s waste tyre use to 6m tyres since 2001, according to Jaime Recinos, director for corporate affairs and sustainable development at Holcim. It also processed 20,000t of waste...

Plugging the plastic leakage

11 June 2019, Published under Cement News

The issue of post-consumer plastic leaking into the ocean with devastating consequences on marine life has existed for some time but only recently the rallying call to solve this issue appears to have been firmly heard. As it mines this waste to produce a suitable alternative fuel to fire its kilns, the cement industry could prove to be a key ally. By Dr Vincent Aloysius, INSEE Ecocycle Co Ltd, Thailand. There are up to 12.8Mt of post-consumer plastics polluting the world's oceans ...

Processing depth for AFs

06 June 2019, Published under Cement News

In his paper ‘A new approach to burning alternative fuels’, delivered at the Cemtech Europe 2018 conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Oral Turesay of KHD Humboldt Wedag introduced the concept of ‘processing depth’. His thesis was that the greater the proportion of the thermal energy requirements to be provided by alternative fuels (AFs), the greater the investments for kiln modification are likely to be. That is certainly the case and has been borne out by many examples from the international cem...

Shanshui Cement to work with Conch Venture on waste utilisation projects

03 June 2019, Published under Cement News

China Shanshui Cement Group Ltd has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with China Conch Venture Holdings Ltd to collaboratively develop projects for the treatment of industrial solid and hazardous waste by cement kilns. According to an announcement, the projects would look to use China Shanshui Cement’s production lines in Shandong and northeast China. Conch Venture is expected to supply technology and management, with both companies integrating resources to form a complete ind...

UltraTech Cement disposes of 5000t of waste from railway workshop

29 May 2019, Published under Cement News

India’s UltraTech Cement has safely disposed of 5000t of non-hazardous waste from Golden Rock railway workshop in Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu. Phase I of the project, which began in January 2017, has now been completed, with the material used as alternative fuel at UltraTech’s Ariyalur facility. Phase II will see the railway workshop dispose of another 5000t to other cement producers in Ariyalur. The waste materials include cushions, rubber belts and berth covers.