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Bacnotan forming consortium to take on geothermal projects

14 April 2005, Published under Cement News

Bacnotan Consolidated Industries, Inc. plans to venture into the geothermal power business as the firm diversifies its interests after selling its cement holdings.  Ramon del Rosario, Jr., president, said Bacnotan plans to form a consortium with foreign firms along with Phinma unit, Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., as the lead company, to develop any of these geothermal projects: Palinpinon, Makban, and Tiwi. "We are interested in geother-mal projects. We may participate in the bi...

HK plant clears technical hurdles to trial waste-burning

14 April 2005, Published under Cement News

The Green Island Cement company has cleared all technical obstacles to a controversial trial on waste incineration this month. After months of dry runs - burning without waste input - and technical fine-tuning of an incinerator built inside a cement factory at Tap Shek Kok in Tuen Mun, the company says it is ready any time to test the burner with waste. A three to four-day trial is being scheduled this month with no more than 30 tonnes of waste to be burnt each day. The resulting ash wil...

Sewage burn debate

12 April 2005, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement Co. is proposing to use as much as 100tpd of pelletized sludge - known as a "biosolid" - as an alternative or supplement to the coal it burns in kilns at its factory in Union Bridge, in Western Carroll.  Lehigh, which is based in Allentown, Pa., has asked Carroll County for zoning approval to build two 130ft silos, one of which would store as much as 400t of biosolids. The other would hold products for the company’s milling operation.  Lehigh proposes to haul dried sludge b...

Controversy surprises cement plant managers

12 April 2005, Published under Cement News

Managers of the Ash Grove Cement Co. plant say a controversy over use of industrial slag to make cement at the Holcim Inc. plant near Three Forks is surprising, because Ash Grove has used slag for 41 years. Slag from the Asarco Inc. smelter at East Helena has been in use since Ash Grove opened its plant less than 10 miles away in 1963, said Joe Scheeler, environmental health and safety manager. Slag from Asarco’s accumulation also went to Holcim. Last Monday, two environmental groups and ...

Cement Akmenes EU Assistance, Lithuania

11 April 2005, Published under Cement News

Akmenes Cementas, the only manufacturer of cement in Lithuania, plans to launch an environment protection project worth LTL10.5m (EUR 3.04m). The company expects to receive part of the sum, about LTL5m (EUR1.5m), from the Structural Funds of the European Union.  "If we receive the support, we could start the project in late autumn and complete it in 12 months," Arturas Zaremba, the CEO of Akmenes Cementas, told local press.  The manufacturer intends to modernise the filters in its furnaces ...

Holcim Romania receives environment protection award

08 April 2005, Published under Cement News

Holcim Romania, a subsidiary of Swiss cement company Holcim Ltd, has been awarded the Excellency in Environment Protection by InterCity magazine in recognition of the company’s involvement in environmental issues, it was reported on April 7, 2005.   Holcim Romania invested 20 mln euro ($25.78 mln) in environment protection from 1998 to 2004. It plans to invest another 40 mln euro ($51.56 mln) by 2006.  The company upgraded its plants in Campulung and Alesd to be able to process 100 types of w...

Is it waste or not?

06 April 2005, Published under Cement News

In Montana, Asarco’s extensive slag pile is regarded as a "toxic substance" while it’s on the property of the East Helena smelter, but the exact same material is transformed into a "feed product" with little or no state or federal oversight when used to make cement at the Ash Grove or Holcim plants. The transition from toxic substance to valuable product basically comes about because Asarco is being paid for the slag, according to state officials, and federal laws promote this type of recycl...

CO2 rise forces energy UK rethink

05 April 2005, Published under Cement News

Carbon dioxide emissions are rising rapidly in the UK, forcing the government to consider a range of new measures to keep its pledge to combat climate change. Figures from the Department of Trade and Industry yesterday show that rather than falling as planned, carbon dioxide emissions have risen rapidly - by 2.2 per cent in 2003 and 1.5 per cent in 2004. With the last Labour manifesto promising to cut emissions on 1990 levels by 20 per cent by 2010, the government has realised that drastic a...

Japan drafts emissions plan

05 April 2005, Published under Cement News

A governmental panel in Japan has approved a plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that will rely heavily on sinks, renewable energy and energy-efficiency. The plan will now go to consultation before the government votes on it in a month’s time. The plan aims to lower emissions from cars, buildings and factories over the next five years through increased energy efficiency and more use of renewables, reported Associated Press. It also focuses on forests and tree-planting projects for e...

CEMEX’s facilities recognized for environmental excellence

04 April 2005, Published under Cement News

The National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) recently recognized Cemex’s Ready-Mix facilities in Houston and Katy, Texas, with its annual Commitment to Excellence Award. The facilities not only met, but also surpassed governmental compliance measures and demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through plant and employee investment.  "Cemex has shown that the protection of the environment and cultivating good community relations is the responsibility of every employ...