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Holcim to employ more co-processing in China

23 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim will focus on co-processing technology to get ahead in China’s competitive market. The Swiss major views China as a valuable market where its profits improve in future years. "The current market is flat. As the market continues to flatten, the nature of competition will change. The values of sustainability and environmental performance will play a much bigger role for a company's further development," said Ian Thackwray, Holcim's president for Asia-Pacific and South Africa. Holc...

Cemex Kosmos seeks to increase alternative fuels usage

17 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex’s Kosmos plant in Louisville, USA, is seeking permission to blend scrap plastic and wood to fuel its kiln, according to public officials. The company already has approval to burn scrap tyres for its cement production process. Cemex representatives said in a brief written statement that it was proposing to “safely replace up to 30 per cent of its kiln’s energy (and) heat demand” with waste-derived fuels as an alternative to fossil fuels including coal.” The statement said the process...

Holcim Philippines to construct waste heat facility

06 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim Philippines will construct a waste-to-energy  facility to reduce the demand for coal as a cement plant fuel in Davao City. Roland Van Wijnen, chief operations officer of Holcim Philippines, said that the facility will include structures and buildings which are aimed at storing more rice husks, identified as a viable fuel alternative for the cement plant. The plant consumes about 600t of coal to power its cement plant, and only about five per cent are alternative fuel. “Coal eats up...

Fitch affirms Siam City Cement's rating, Thailand

19 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings (Thailand) Limited has affirmed Siam City Cement Public Company Limited's (SCCC) National Ratings at Long-Term 'A(tha)' and Short-Term 'F1(tha)'. The Outlook is Stable. At the same time, Fitch has affirmed SCCC's senior unsecured debentures at 'A(tha)'. SCCC's ratings reflect its leading position as the second-largest cement producer in Thailand, with strong brands in cement, ready-mix concrete and wood replacement products. This has helped the company to maintain its domesti...

Cemex: June '12

06 July 2012, Published under Cement News

As a result of investing in excess of US$175m since 2005 in boosting the use of alternative kiln fuels, Cemex has currently achieved a 25 per cent substitution rate. The target is to increase this substitution rate to 35 per cent by 2015, when it comes to cement production.

Industry welcomes government investment in biofuels technology

29 June 2012, Published under Cement News

The Cement Association of Canada has applauded the  Government of Canada's announcement that it will invest almost $1million in Ontario-based Pond Biofuels towards the advancement of Canadian biofuel technology and expertise. This investment will be made under the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario's Investing in Business Innovation initiative. The contribution will help Pond Biofuels complete a pilot demonstration of a technology developed jointly with St Marys Cemen...

Cemex targets 35% alternative fuels substitution by 2015

14 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex has set a target of a 35% alternative fuel substitution rate in cement production by 2015, and is on track to make it happen. Cemex recently announced that it has invested more than US$175m, adjusting its production process and installing equipment to prepare, handle and feed alternative fuels into its cement kilns. In 2011, Cemex achieved approximately a 25% alternative fuel substitution rate in its cement production, the highest rate among its global peers. The alternative fu...

Balancing volatile behaviour

28 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Following on from last month’s Technical Forum about the impacts of alternative fuels and raw materials, Dr Michael Clark examines the effect on kiln emissions, using the mass balance of the cement kiln as a starting point. Metallic mercury and mercury compounds are too volatile to pass down the preheater into the rotary section of a kiln What goes into the cement kiln must either come out in the clinker product or the emissions from the kiln, or it must be retained and built...

USA: Lafarge Bath plant applies to burn railroad ties and shingles

04 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Three years after backing off on a plan to burn tyres at its cement plant in Bath, Lafarge is applying to introduce railway ties and asphalt shingles into its kiln. The “low-carbon fuel demonstration project” would run for three years and incinerate up to 75t of construction and demolition debris each day. The application for compliance approval, written by the consulting firm Golder Associates, says that “the emissions from the Bath plant cement kiln are not expected to be significantly c...

Hima Cement’s alternative fuels initiative, Uganda

30 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Uganda-based producer Hima Cement is looking to increase its use of coffee husks as an energy source for cement production. The East African reports that the company is to spend Ush2bn ($783,570) on a project to increase production of coffee in the Rwenzori region, western Uganda, by providing seedlings. Hima Cement, part of the Lafarge Group, in turn will get coffee husks to use as an alternative energy source, thus reducing its reliance on fossil fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas or ...