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Efficient grinding meets reduced CO2 emissions

12 August 2019, Published under Cement News

While cement plants have made sound progress in terms of reducing CO 2 emissions from fuel consumption, progress relating to such emissions from electricity consumption has been slower. VDZ looks at a key power consumer in the modern cement plant: the grinding section. By Jonas Knappert, Kevin Treiber and Stefan Seemann, VDZ, Germany. Figure 1: electrical energy consumption of the cement manufacturing processes 1 Cement production is energy intensive in terms of fuel and elect...

Keystone Cement to switch to natural gas

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

USA-based Keystone Cement has announced that its application for a US$320,950 state grant to extend a natural gas line to its plant in East Allen Township, Pennsylvania, has been approved. The company is looking to phase out coal in favour of natural gas as its primary fuel source, according to The Express Times. "The gas line will fuel the Portland cement rotary dry-process kiln and the preheater tower manufacturing equipment," stated the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic D...

Decarbonisation quick wins

08 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Different world regions present different challenges to the cement industry. While in the fast-growing economies of Asia and Africa building capacity and security of supply are key, cement plant operations in other regions are more affected by the need to reduce CO 2 emissions as their economies aim for decarbonisation. There is good news for both sides: the use of a new clean fuel can make a decisive contribution to tackling either challenge. By Wolfgang Moser, NextFuel AB, Sweden. ...

Lafarge Hungary announces plant investment

02 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Hungary has announced that it will invest HUF2bn (US$6.99m) for upgrades at its plant in Királyegyháza, southwest Hungary, by the first half of next year. The investment will boost the share of secondary fuel used at the plant from 60 to 80 per cent and reduce CO 2 emissions by 10 per cent. Last year, the company generated a revenue of around HUF19bn.

Key risks to near-term oil price

06 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Global oil demand is growing at its weakest rate since 2012 while global oil supply disruptions continue to be at their highest levels in almost 30 years, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML). Key risks to the oil price remain with US trade wars and tensions with Iran affecting demand and supply, respectively. In addition, the bank also highlights the “ultimate ultra-bearish scenario” where China relinquishes trade negotiations, ignores US sanctions and proceeds to purchase Ira...

Vietnam's cement industry assists coal demand

11 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s cement industry has helped drive an increase in coal sales during the first 11 months of 2018. The country’s Coal and Mineral Industries Corporation (Vinacomin) has exceeded its year plan within the period, recording an increase of 17 per cent YoY to 37.39Mt, according to Vietnam News. The amount of coal sold to the cement industry rose 21 per cent in comparison with the 11M17. Alongside a surge in demand from the thermal power and fertiliser industries, the high consumption of ce...

Shree Cement gets Raipur coal linkage

13 August 2018, Published under Cement News

India’s Shree Cement was awarded the coal linkage for its Raipur plant in Chhattisgarh. The contract for Grade 7 coal was awarded to the cement producer following a e-auction. The company paid a winning premium of INR130/t (US$18.76/t), 5.63 per cent of the notified price.

Supreme Court exempts cement industry from petcoke import ban

01 August 2018, Published under Cement News

India’s Supreme Court has finalised a ban on petcoke imports with exemptions for some key industrial users, including the cement sector. In a ruling released this weekend, the court agreed to put into place recommendations from the court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention & Control Authority (EPCA) to limit imports only to those industries using coke as a feedstock or in the manufacturing process, not as a fuel. The EPCA had listed those industries as cement, lime kilns, calcium c...

ENERGY – OPEC consolidates oil while India shakes petcoke, coal high

20 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Prices at a glance Crude oil - bbl US$64.00 Coal API 4 - 1Q18 US$91.25 Coal API 4 - Cal2018 US$88.00 Petcoke USGC 4.5% 40HGI FOB US$82.00 USGC 4.5% 40HGI cf ARA US$100.50 USGC 6.5% 40HGI FOB US$72.50 USGC 6.5% 40HGI cf ARA US$91.00 In November the US dollar was supported by the US tax reform, which could see US firms repatriating profits. The lack of German government for...

Petcoke ban lifted for the cement industry

14 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The Supreme Court of India has relaxed its ban on the use of petcoke and allowed it to be used in the cement and limestone industries. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the Environmental Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) both agreed that the use of petcoke in cement is not harmful due to the absorption of sulphur in the cement production process, according to the Financial Express. This decision has arrived after MoEF submitted that petcoke is mainly used as a feedstoc...