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Udayapur Cement faces power issues

08 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s Udayapur Cement Industries Ltd (UCIL) is currently facing a crisis regarding consistent power outages, with as many as six reported in a single day. On 31 January the company reported that it produced 104t of clinker compared to its 800tpd capacity. The power cuts have also resulted in damage to the gears of the cement packing equipment, as a result operations came to a halt for six days between 12-19 January. "On a daily basis, there can be anywhere between one to six power cuts...

Sinoma Energy to supply Athi River plant

22 January 2019, Published under Cement News

China’s Sinoma Energy Conservation has signed a KES25.5bn (US$251m) deal to power Devki Group’s Athi River cement plant and its Mombasa-based raw steel processor. Sinoma announced in regulatory filings last week that the kiln waste-heat project at the new Athi River plant and the other to power the steel plant in Kilifi will be built over a period of 20 months to produce a combined 53.5MW.

Emami Cement improves power supply

03 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Emami Cement Ltd at Kalinga Nagar Industrial Area in the Indian state of Odisha has improved its power supply following its connection to the inter-state 400/220kV New Duburi grid of Odisha Power Transmission Corp Ltd. Emami was permitted to receive 15MVA power in 132kV from the power transmission company. However, taking its future expansion into account, the cement producer applied for 15MVA power in 220kV. AK Das Associates Ltd successfully completed the 220kV line along with substa...

Spain’s cement producers to be included in power support plan

21 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement producers will be included in plans to support the power-intensive industry, which is facing rising electricity bills, according to the country’s Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto.  With this measure, the government plans to avoid new cases such as that of Cemex, which announced the closure of two of its seven cement works in the country. Cemex attributed the closure to the “increase in operating costs, mainly of fuels and electricity, the change in European CO 2 regulatio...

Electrical opportunities

22 October 2018, Published under Cement News

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark examines the importance of a stable and reliable electricity supply. As one of the leading expenses of cement plant operation, it is essential to understand how electricity use can be optimised. The public utility electricity grid provides optimisation opportunities for cement producers No cement factory can operate efficiently without a stable and reliable electricity supply. The massive heat capacity in a cement kiln means that...

Sino-Zimbabwe's output to be severely reduced by power cuts

09 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Co will not produce the amount of cement it had planned to during October because of the scheduled power cuts by ZESA. ZESA is carrying out maintenance work on its 88kv Sherwood-Mvuma feeder station which supplies  the Sino-Zimbabwe cement plant with its power. The maintenance work is expected to cause interruptions for the entire month of October. The cement plant is expected to be without power for two days every week during the month of October.

Tanzania's coal supply expected to increase to support cement industry

14 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Tanzania’s State Mining Corp (STAMICO) has announced plans to increase coal production, which will support the cement industry as it has recently reported a shortage of the material. The coal shortage resulted in a rise in cement prices, according to The Citizen. "To implement the government directives, we will begin to sell coal to local cement producers and the surplus will be exported," said Alex Rutagwelela, acting exploration and drilling director. Despite currently producing 18,600t...

New Ugandan power supply will feed extra cement capacity

21 August 2018, Published under Cement News

As new cement factories start-up in Tororo, power distributor Umeme is making investments in anticipation of the projected increase in power demand. The existing nearby substations of Tororo Rock, Nagongera and Mbale are currently unable to take on the expected load, hence the need for a new substation. 

 Umeme, therefore, has spent up to UGX14bn (US$3.88m) setting up a new substation at Nyakesi, an investment that is tipped to boost industrialisation in the area through reliable power sup...

Ethiopian cement industry faces persistent challenges

06 August 2018, Published under Cement News

While the Ethiopian cement industry has expanded significantly and changed from being a net importer to a net exporter, the industry faces continued challenges, according to Haile Assegide, president of the Ethiopian Cement Producers’ Association in a key note address at the third annual East African Cement, Concrete and Energy Summit. A shortage of skilled manpower, lack of foreign currency and erratic power supply all continue to haunt domestic cement plants. Mr Assegide said that there ...

Udayapur Cement suffers irregular supply of power

20 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s Udayapur Cement Industries Ltd (UCIL) is facing financial losses due to the irregular supply of electricity to its facility. Power supply was halted 27 times in the internal supply line and 93 times in the external line during the mid-May-mid-June period, according to Republica. "An hour of power cut in the factory causes losses of over NPR400,000," said Surendra Paudel, general manager. "When there is a sudden cut in power supply, it hampers the engine on one hand, and on the ot...