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Cementos Alfa plans doubling biomass use

04 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Cementos Alfa, part of the Portland Valderrivas Group, has avoided the emission of 31,000t of CO 2 at its Mataporquera plant, Cantabria, in 2018 as a result of the use of 150tpd biomass as alternative fuel. Moreover, the use of the fuel, through improved energy efficiency, is enabling the company to remain competitive. In 2019 it plans to double the amount of biomass and therefore, has applied to the Spain’s General Directorate for the Environment to extend the authorisation. Output at t...

Gotland could eventially see wind powered cement production

31 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Cementa (HeidelbergCement group) and utility group Vattenfall are proposing a pilot cement plant on the Swedish island of Gotland to be run on wind power instead of fossil fuels. Vattenfall and Cementa will conduct an in-depth study this year into how the pilot plant can be built.  Simulations indicate that the electrification of Cementa's Gotland factory would work well together with the planned expansion of wind energy on the island. The pilot plant project came as a result of Vattenfall...

Taiwan Cement reassures customers on its raw material quality

31 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Taiwan Cement came under pressure to reassure customers that the company's products meet quality safety standards after former Hualien County Council speaker Lai Chin-kun was charged with fraud for supplying raw materials mixed with industrial waste between 2010-15. Lai's family operates Wen Hao Co, Jian Dong Mining Co and several other companies in Hualien County that are mainly involved in mining and quarrying raw materials. The company, which also operates a soil and earth materials dump...

Cement companies show positive performance in CDP ranking

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

International organisation CDP has released its annual ‘A List’ which names the world’s leading businesses and scores them on their approach to climate change, water security and deforestation. The ranking is from A to D-, with F indicating a failure to provide sufficient information to be evaluated. The score assesses the level of detail and comprehensiveness of the response to CDP’s questionnaire, as well as the company's awareness of climate change issues, management methods and progres...

Geocycle Albox plant processes waste to 53,000t of AF

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Geocycle, part of the LafargeHolcim group, produced 53,000t of alternative fuels, the highest in 10 years, at its Albox plant in Spain as it processed 49,000t of waste, up 20 per cent when compared with volumes in 2017. The company has invested a total of EUR860,000, including a new waste treatment line in Spain. It allows the company to pre-treat a range of wastes, such as plastics, rags and biomass, from the country’s Almanzora region. "With this new equipment it will be possible to avoi...

Cyprus sets 24% reduction goal in greenhouse emissions by 2030

25 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The government of Cyprus has approved a draft National Plan for Energy and Climate to see a reduction of 24 per cent of greenhouse gases in the country by 2030, compared to levels emitted in 2005. However, this total excludes emissions from cement, electricity and pottery sectors. This compares to the EU's greenhouse emissions target of 40 per cent reduction by 2030. Currently the industrial sector only accounts for eight per cent of Cyprus' emissions. Vassiliko Cement is the only cement pl...

First 50kW solar cement kiln will be tested throughout 2019

11 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The launch of the first solar reactor operating at 800-1000˚C, using rotary kiln and a horizontal bubbling fluidised bed, to manufacture cement is a step nearer. The Solar Thermal Treatment of Non-Metallic Minerals (SOLPART) is preparing to move from the lab to an industrial-sized test plant. "We have tested a fluidised bed system at the level of between 10kW and 20kW and now we are commissioning a pilot scale reactor with power of between 30kW and 50kW, able to treat 50kg/h calcium carbona...

JSW Cement turns water provider

10 January 2019, Published under Cement News

JSW Cement will provide piped and solar-powered water to 11 villages near to its planned grinding plant in Jajpur district, India. As part of  the company's US$13bn 'Enterprise and Social Commitment' programme the villages will be provided with water through a 7500m pipeline later this year. JSW Cement is currently building a 1.2Mta grinding plant in Jajpur district and plans to raise it to 2.4Mta in the future.

JSW Cement turns water provider

10 January 2019, Published under Cement News

JSW Cement will provide piped and solar-powered water to 11 villages near to its planned grinding plant in Jajpur district, India. As part of  the company's US$13bn 'Enterprise and Social Commitment' programme the villages will be provided with water through a 7500m pipeline later this year. JSW Cement is currently building a 1.2Mta grinding plant in Jajpur district and plans to raise it to 2.4Mta in the future.

Cemex UK will use 100% renewable electricity in 2019

08 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Cemex is partnering with ENGIE a services and regeneration group that uses 100 per cent renewable electricity to supplied sites. ENGIE has been providing electricity to over 150 CEMEX UK sites for over 10 years but has also supplying gas to 33 of these sites. Going forward all of the electricity supplied to the sites will be from 100 per cent renewable energy sources, including wind energy. Cemex is also taking advantage of ENGIE's demand-side services, such as load management, to avoid pe...