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McInnis Cement can transport more cement by rail

25 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The number of rail wagons transported by McInnis Cement across the Cascapedia bridges in Richmond may be increased, according to Radio Gaspésie. A recent review of the ultrasonic structure has shown that the bearing capacity of the bridges is higher than was estimated. The Canadian Department of Transport will allow McInnis Cement to increase the number of wagons that can cross from 10 to 25 per week. Although CAD100m (US$78m) investment was announced to overhaul the railway system al...

Bid to block LafargeHolcim burning tyres is rejected

21 March 2018, Published under Cement News

The bid to block LafargeHolcim burning tyres at its plant in Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Canada, has been rejected by a Supreme Court judge, according to CBC News. Following the alternative fuel project receiving green-light approval from the Environment Minister, opponents of the plans went to court seeking a judicial review of the minister’s decision. "In taking a wide-angled perspective, it is apparent that there is no support for the applicants' primary ground on this judicial review...

McInnis Cement faces rail limit

22 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Canadian cement producer McInnis Cement faces a new challenge in distributing its cement. The Quebec Ministry of Transport is imposing a 10 rail cars/week limit on cement transportation between Matapédia and Caplan due to the dismal state of the rail line. While 90 per cent of its 2.3Mt cement output is shipped, McInnis Cement had planned to increase rail transport of its products to Canadian and US customers to 40 cars per week by next summer. In May 2015 the Quebec Ministry of Transp...

Lafarge Canada provides update on its two low-carbon fuel studies

18 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada’s kiln-fuel study in Alberta announced last week will not be the same as the tyre-burning pilot it has applied for at its Brookfield plant, reports The Chronicle Herald. The Alberta study will examine the environmental effects of introducing low-carbon fuels into its Exshaw plant and will not be completed until December 2019. "It's different processes, it won’t be the same type of process at all," said Rob Cumming, environmental director at Lafarge. Regarding the Brookf...

Hoang Phat Vissai exports 0.22Mt in January

15 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Hoang Phat Vissai Group (The Vissai) has exported 220,000t of cement and clinker from Nghi Thiet port in Vietnam’s Nghe An province since the start of January. The exported cement is destined for the Philippines, Canada and China, according to Nguyen Quoc Tai, director of Nghi Thiet port and the grinding unit of Song Lam Cement JSC, a The Vissai affiliate. The Nghi Thiet grinding facility entered service in June 2017.

Lafarge starts low-carbon fuel research project

12 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada Inc, in cooperation with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University and Pembina Institute, is carrying out a million-dollar study on the environmental benefits of introducing lower-carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement plant in Alberta, Canada. “Our estimates show each 20 per cent incremental replacement of natural gas at the Exshaw Cement Plant with lower carbon fuels could result in the elimination of nearly 75,000tpa of CO2. This is the equivalent of taking over 16,000 ca...

McInnis Cement could be up for sale

08 January 2018, Published under Cement News

A Canadian pension fund has hired advisers to explore the possible sale or partial sale of McInnis Cement, reports Bloomberg. Caisse de Depot et Placement du Québec and its partners have hired advisers to explore options to sell part or all of McInnis Cement. McInnis Cement project was the first new cement plant to serve eastern Canada and New England in more than 50 years when it opened last year. McInnis Cement has a deep-water marine terminal next to the 2.2Mta Port-Daniel-Gascons...

Cement Association of Canada welcomes Alberta’s output-based allocation system

07 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The Cement Association of Canada has welcomed the publication of the Alberta government’s overarching policy framework for the output-based allocation system (OBAS). The new system marks a step change from the current Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) in the state. The OBAS will set an industry-specific performance benchmark for emissions-intensive, trade-exposed industries (EITEs). This includes the province's two cement plants, the Lafarge Canada-run works in Exshaw and the Lehig...

Petcoke ban drives India's North American coal imports to new heights

21 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Fears that the Indian government may extend the current ban on petcoke use in the New Delhi Capital Region to the entire country has led to a surge in coal imports from North America, reports Reuters. In October India’s coal imports from North America quadrupled to 2.1Mt when compared with the year-ago period, hitting new heights since January 2015. Moreover, ship tracking data on Thomson Reuters Eikon showed that between 1-20 November such imports are already 70 per cent of last month’s ...

Lafarge seeks approval for tyre burning plans

17 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada has applied for industrial approval regarding its plans to burn tyres as an alternative fuel for its Brookfield cement plant. After the successful completion of an environmental examination in July, the project also requires an industrial study from the Department of Environment. The approval will only come once the plant’s environmental impact has been fully examined. Lafarge’s plans have previously encountered resistance in the form of petitions to the government to ba...