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United States: Drake Cement’s Paulden plant seeking to expand clinker production

03 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Drake Cement has submitted an application to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to increase clinker production at its Paulden plant from 660,000tpa to 726,000tpa. The plant’s current permit runs until September 2017. A public hearing will be held on the decision to grant Drake’s application on 19 January 2017. Local newspaper the Daily Courier reports that the Paulden plant has been running co-firing trials in a bid to reduce its dependence on coal. These trials are examin...

Slovenia: Salonit receives EUR15m EBRD loan

14 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 for burning clinker. The EBRD loan, which will enable the installation of state-of-the-art equipmen...

Going alternative in Japan

12 December 2016, Published under Cement News

With Japanese cement demand falling over the past 20 years, Sumitomo Osaka Cement has constantly evolved its cement manufacturing processes. As a result, the company’s Ako integrated cement plant stepped up its use of alternative fuels and raw materials as part of its efforts to reduce costs and the impact of plant emissions. By Tetsuo Yokobori, Sumitomo Osaka Cement, Japan. Sumitomo Osaka Cement has carried out many improvements at its Ako plant, Japan Sumitomo Osaka Cement (SO...

A TEC commissions its Rocket Mill at Wiener Neustadt

30 November 2016, Published under Cement News

To optimise the production of highly-caloric residue-derived fuels for the cement industry the Austrian company ASA has installed an A TEC’s Rocket Mill ® RM 2.50 double at its treatment plant in Wiener Neustadt. Folowing seven months of engineering, construction works and installation on-site A TEC’s Rocket Mill ® was commissioned on 7 November 2016. Pre-sorted and shredded household and commercial waste with a bulk density ranging from 100-300kg/m³ can be ground down to a size of 15mm...

Kenya: Bamburi Cement and Geocycle form partnership

16 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Bamburi Cement (LafargeHolcim Group) and a global waste management firm have signed an agreement for alternative fuels. Geocycle will help Bamburi Cement that will see the firm's Kenyan subsidiary Geocycle Kenya incinerate waste in Bamburi's kilns. Bamburi Chief Executive Officer, Bruno Pescheux, described the partnership as timely considering that Geocycle's waste management solution leaves no residue after disposal. This also makes Geocycle Kenya the only waste managing firm in the co...

Irish Cement AF proposal receives backlash

10 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Willie O’Dea, technical director or Fianna Fáil (Irish political party) has accused Irish Cement of “an illegitimate and wrongful attempt” to influence a planning decision after company bosses insinuated that it may not have a future in the region should its plans to switch to alternative fuels be blocked. Irish Cement’s EUR10m proposal will apparently secure the future of 80 jobs and see fossil fuels gradually phased out over ten years, to be replaced with the burning of tyres and waste ...

Egypt: cement plants to use 15% of waste by 2030

02 November 2016, Published under Cement News

The Ministry of Environment's submitted plan that seeks to encourage the increase in waste used as alternative fuel in cement plants to 15 per cent by 2030 has been approved by Egypt’s cabinet, according to the Minister of Environment, Khaled Fahmy. Mr Fahmy told Daily News Egypt that the cabinet had agreed to the plan, adding that discussions are underway with heads of plants to discuss issues they face in using waste as fuel. "The real problems facing investors in the waste recycling bus...

Canada: Research shows burning tyres at LafargeHolcim plant promotes sustainability

21 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Research by Dr Mark Gibson of Dalhousie University has demonstrated that LafargeHolcim’s burning of used tyres at its Brookfield plant is more environmentally sustainable than using fossil fuels, the Truro Daily reports. “The idea is that pound for pound, you get more energy from a tyre and you get less CO 2 and some other gases that end up being greenhouse gases and which are toxic”, Dr Gibson said. The plant previously applied for permission to burn tyres in 2007, but its applicatio...

Indonesia: PT Semen Indonesia looks to alternative fuels to save jobs

17 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Cost-saving measures other than staff layoffs are considered more efficient in improving company margins as they are challenged by weak demand, according to corporations and consulting firms quoted in The Jakarta Post. "Our energy-related costs hovered around 60 per cent of overall costs so we prioritised making them more efficient," said Agung Wiharto, corporate secretary of state-owned Semen Indonesia, highlighting energy as the focus of the company’s cost-saving measures. Semen ...

Egypt: manufacturers encouraged to increase AF use

14 October 2016, Published under Cement News

The Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, Tarek Qabil, announced that the industry has completed a study on the use on alternative fuel sources to fossil fuels in Egyptian cement plants. Mr Qabil said that the ministry plans to boost cement factories’ reliance on alternative fuel sources such as coal by 6.4-30 per cent within the next 5-10 years. He went on to say that the total coal needs of the country’s cement plants are expected to reach 9.7Mta by 2025. Increasing the use of alterna...