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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...

Cementos BSA signs renewable energy contract with Engie

08 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Chilean cement producer Cementos BSA has signed an agreement with energy firm Engie Energía Chile, which will supply 35GWh per year of renewable energy, according to business newspaper Estrategia. With the contract Cementos BSA becomes the first company in Chile to source its energy from solar and hydropower sources and achieve the international I-REC certification, which confirms efforts made by industry to reduce its carbon footprint. "For Cementos BSA, having the most modern cement p...

Uganda cement prices rise due to cement shortage

06 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Uganda have increased by UGX5000-11,000 (US$1.35-2.98) within a month, sparking a country-wide crisis in the building sector, according to the Daily Monitor. Pader District, some 411km from the capital Kampala, reported the highest price at UGX50,000 for a 50kg bag of cement. The country’s two largest cement producers, Tororo Cement and Hima Cement, which supply 80 per cent of the domestic market, said the fall in output was attributable to a reduced power supply. ...

Hail Cement and Wärtsilä renew agreement

13 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Hail Cement Co and Wärtsilä have renewed their co-operation for a further three years. Wärtsilä will continue to ensure the operational reliability and availability of the company’s power plant in Turbah, Saudi Arabia. "Wärtsilä has been responsible for the full operation and maintenance of our power plant in Turbah for about six years now. We have been satisfied with their flexibility, quality of service and emphasis on safety, and are happy to continue our co-operation with them," says ...

Possible power price hike to increase Vietnamese production costs by US$35m

06 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Vietnamese cement producers can expect a production cost rise by around VND800bn (US$35.2m) annually if a hike in power prices comes into effect, according to local industry sources. Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, recently approved a 6.08 per cent rise in retail electricity prices to VNC1720.65/kWh (excluding VAT), effective from 1 December. If the price hike is extended to industrial power prices and given the country’s current cement output of 86Mta, the industry will s...

Adelaide Brighton awards power contract to Infigen

28 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Australia’s Adelaide Brighton has awarded Infigen Energy’s Lake Bonney wind farm the contract to supply power to two cement plants north of Adelaide and a quarry on Yorke Peninsula. The deal is understood to extend over five years and involve a larger volume of power than the 88GWh transaction signed last week with Pacific Hydro by 14 firms, cities and municipal agency, reports the Australian Financial Review. The Adelaide Brighton deal will involve supply from Infigen's existing port...

Power issue at Mawlamyine Cement

18 August 2017, Published under Cement News

The Myanmar Ministry of Electricity and Energy has revealed that Mawlamyine Cement (MCL), a joint venture between Siam Cement Group and Pacific Link Cement, has not sought permission to run the power plant. The statement has been refuted by the cement producer. "From the ministry's reply, we can confirm that MCL didn't follow the electricity law. They did discuss with the ministry the installation of two 20MW turbines. But they didn't get any permission," U Aung Kyaw Thu, chairman of the ...