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Bhutan considers coal alternatives

03 December 2019, Published under Cement News

Bhutan is looking at options to reduce its carbon emissions. Given that the country generates 215t of municipal waste (MW) every day, about 50t of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) could be produced from sorted waste. In Bhutan, the three integrated cement plants, Dungsam Cement, Penden Cement, and Lhaki Cement produce clinker using rotary kilns with dry-process and consume an average of 500tpd of coal. Generally, energy costs of fuel and electricity represent 40 per cent of cement manufacturing...

Dungsam Cement reduces losses in 2018

24 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Bhutan’s Dungsam Cement Corp Ltd (DCCL) has reported the narrowing of its losses to BTN30m (US$430,624) in 2018 from BTN720m in the previous year. The company has attributed the improved results to an uptick in cement production from 200,000t when its plant was commissioned in 2014 to 633,000t last year. The company now aims to make its maximum profit in 2019 and eradicate its losses, according to BBS News. The company mainly supplies to the country’s hydropower projects, delivering 291,79...

Penden Cement gear box failure sees output falter

07 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement production at Penden Cement Authority Ltd (PCAL) in Gomtu, Samtse, Bhutan, was affected last month as a gearbox in one of the two coal mills broke down. The gearbox failed on 21 April. While in-house repairs were carried out, enabling the plant to resume operations after four days, further issues occurred on 16 May and to date PCAL has been unable to repair the gearbox. The plant’s management is currently looking for a second-hand gear box as a new gearbox takes a minimum of six mo...

Bhutan reportedly experiencing delivery delays

12 April 2017, Published under Cement News

With demand for cement rising in Bhutan, two of the countries leading cement manufacturers have been unable to deliver product to their customers on time, according to local press reports. In Phuentsholing, cement agents have been complaining about delivery delays from Penden Cement Authority Ltd (PCAL). Cement agents told national newspaper Kuensel that: “It has been difficult to get enough supply in recent times.” The cement agent, who is also an agent for Dungsam Cement Corporation Limi...

Bhutan: Dungsam Cement resumes cement supplies to dam projects

03 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Dungsam Cement Corporation (DCCL) has resumed the supply of cement to two major hydropower projects in Bhutan after deliveries were halted for 10 days, Kuensel Online reports. Contractors working on the Mangdechhu and Punatsangchhu hydropower projects had complained about the quality of cement being supplied by Dungsam and rejected deliveries totalling around 300-450t. Another customer in India also returned 15 truckloads of cement. DCCL’s Deputy Managing Director, Karma Gayleg, explai...

A new dragon rises

08 June 2016, Published under Cement News

It has been a protracted project to finally establish a commercially-viable 1.36Mta capacity cement plant in Bhutan. The development of Dungsam Cement was hit by several setbacks, but today it is starting to see production reach higher levels, and with the help of Humboldt Wedag engineers, it is on the path to a better future. By Dungsam Cement, Bhutan. Dungsam Cement is a greenfield plant situated on the river Kerung ri, southern Bhutan Dungsam Cement Corp Ltd (DCCL) is a Royal...

Bhutan: feasibility study completed for new plant

26 August 2014, Published under Cement News

The feasibility study for a new cement plant in Bhutan has been completed, marking the first such proposal to receive the go-ahead in the Zhemgang district. The proposed cement works must now obtain clearances from the Department of Geology and Mines and National Environment Commission. Should the project proceed as planned, the cement plant will be located at in an area called Nyge-zer in Digala Chiwog under the Bardo Gewog region. The plant has been approved because of the socio-econ...

Dungsam Cement eyes northeast Indian markets

11 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Bhutan-based cement producer Dungsam Cement is looking to market its cement in northeastern India. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the government’s Druk Holdings & Investments, Dungsam Cement operates a 1.36Mta cement works in Nganglam, southeast Bhutan, and close to India. Dorji Norbu, managing director of Dungsam Cement, told the Economic Times that given the relatively small size of the Bhutanese market, the company plans to export 70-80 per of its cement to India. The necessary licens...