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Cemex Colombia extends O&M contract with Wärtsilä

13 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex Colombia has awarded Wärtsilä the four-year extension to the operation and maintenance (O&M), marking a 25-year continuous partnership by 2023. The 26MW Caracolito Cemex power plant operates on five Wärtsilä 18-cylinder 34SG engines in V-configuration running on natural gas. It provides a reliable electricity supply to power the cement facility’s day-to-day production requirements. In addition to reliability, Wärtsilä’s continued O&M services ensure, among other things, optimised and...

Indian petcoke imports rise in October

23 December 2019, Published under Cement News

India imported 809,000t of petcoke in October 2019, up more than 364 per cent from the year-ago period, according to Iman Resources. The imports were primarily sent from the US and Saudi Arabia, at 372,000t and 295,000t, respectively. Oman sent 38,000t, while 32,000t came from China. The origin of the remaining 72,000t was not clarified. The spike has been related to the lifting of the petcoke consumption order in October 2018, which saw cement producers increase their fuel-grade petcoke i...

Confidence Power Bogra starts commercial production

27 November 2019, Published under Cement News

The Confidence Power Bogra Ltd has informed Dhaka Stock Exchange two days ago that the Board of Directors has agreed with the decision taken in the Board of Directors of Confidence Power Holdings Ltd, an associate of Confidence Cement Ltd, having 41 per cent stake in its equity capital, that upon successful testing and commissioning the Confidence Power Bogra Ltd, a 99 per cent subsidiary of Confidence Power Holdings Ltd, has started commercial operation of its HFO based. The net 113MW pow...

Venezuelan cement output below 50% of market requirement

30 October 2019, Published under Cement News

The production of cement in Venezuela is less than half of the country’s demand of 18Mt, according to El Impulso. Output is currently down from 9Mt to 4Mta, due to issues with electrical power supply, equipment and inputs, said Orlando Chirinos, president of the Federation of Cement Workers (Fetracemento) and secretary general of the cement workers syndicate of Lara state. In terms of equipment, cement producers face challenges in obtaining refractory bricks, metallic grinding media and sl...

Dangote Cement signs new asset management contract with GE

25 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement has signed an agreement with General Electric (GE) to deploy an Asset Performance Management (APM) solution to reduce unplanned downtime and enhance performance of power generation assets at two cement plants in Obajana and Ibese, Nigeria. The project also includes extending the current service agreement for the seven GE LM6000PC aeroderivative gas turbines installed at the sites for an additional 50,000 operating hours. "We are proud to continue our 13-year collaboration w...

GCC signs agreement for clean energy supply

13 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Mexico’s Grupo Cementos Chihuahua (GCC) has signed an agreement with a US-based clean energy provider for the supply of solar and wind energy to its cement plant in Odessa, Texas, to fulfil 100 per cent of the facility’s electricity requirement. The company did not release the name of the energy supplier but noted that energy supply is expected to begin in July 2022. The plans will mean an approximately 45,000tpa reduction in CO 2 . The 10-year fixed price agreement also represents a 22 p...

Udayapur Cement sees reduced production due to power supply issue

09 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s Udayapur Cement Industry Ltd has seen reduced production and sales between August-September as a result of low voltage and abrupt power cuts, according to the company. Sanjay Lal Karna, chief of the production division, said that the state-owned factory has not been able to address market demand due to the power supply issues. "We could produce only 18,000t between 7 August and 5 September which is lower than our capacity of 24,000t," said Mr Karna. The company has also seen a ...

External circulation technology for VRM raw meal grinding

04 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The pressure differential of a traditional vertical roller mill (VRM) system for raw meal grinding is high, with the fan accounting for about 45 per cent of power consumption. Sinoma International Engineering has developed external circulation VRM technology for raw meal grinding, whereby materials are transported by elevator instead of gas flow, leading to reductions in pressure differential and power consumption. By Du Xin, Nie Wenhai and Chai Xingteng, Sinoma International Engineering Co,...

North Korea reportedly suspends production at cement plant

03 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The operation of a cement plant in Pyongyang, North Korea, has reportedly been suspended for three months due to lack of electricity, according to the Daily NK newspaper. The paper’s source noted that factory may have been affected by the North Korean authorities' decision to ration electricity due to a power shortage. As the factory was built in 1919, its technology has aged and is not able to produce as much cement as it used to. The source stated that the lack of good-quality cement pro...

Higher electricity costs to impact Vietnamese cement prices

26 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Vietnam Cement Industry Corp (VICEM) has announced that its electricity costs will increase by VND20bn (US$855,730) per month, and therefore product prices are also expected to rise. Local producers have stated that they will raise prices by VND30,000-50,000/t. On 20 March power prices went up by 8.4 per cent to VND1864, exclusive of VAT, after remaining unchanged for two years. A household which uses 520kWh a month will now pay an extra VND83,000, according to Vietnam News. Vietnam Elect...