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Petcoke discounts higher as coal rises on EU sanctions and petcoke falls as demand-supply eases

22 July 2022, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark Energy markets are kept between higher prices due to supply distress, including strikes in refineries for higher wages and the impact of sanctions on Russia. In addition, pressure from inflation rates at 40-year highs is leading to higher lending interest rates and a potential recession. This will lead to lower demand in the cement and other sectors. The US Federal Reserve increased rates by 0.5 per cent and more hawkish actions are likely...

Carbon price in range with new changes to EU-ETS and increased coal demand supporting prices

21 July 2022, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark Carbon prices remained as expected inside the uptrend channel of EUR82-95 with high daily volatility. Russian cuts in natural gas deliveries sent gas prices sharply higher, increasing compliance buying for higher coal burn. The EUA has seen new negotiations on the reform to the EU-ETS system all being bullish. The main elements now to be discussed in the European Council are: • increase in the linear reduction factor (LRF) to 4.2 from 2.2 ...

FY22 ends with mixed export dispatches from Pakistan

20 July 2022, Published under Cement News

The Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) of Pakistan has released cement export data for July 2021-June  2022. Both value and quantity of exports plummeted during this period when compared with the equivalent months in FY20-21, apparently due to local and external issues.  Pakistan's cement industry in 12MFY21-22 earned US$223.99m of export revenue by dispatching 5.733Mt of cement and clinker overseas, compared to US$267.91m from 7.815Mt of exports in the year-ago period. The export figures...

Energy complex moves in range with petcoke discounts increasing

08 July 2022, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark Since ICR’s most recent energy report , the energy complex has moved in range, awaiting the impact of sanctions on Russia and the risk of an economic slowdown. However, the threat of EU sanctions on Russian oil pushed up oil prices in the range of US$105-120, but prices have since fallen back as high inflation and interest rate increases have sown considerable doubts on growth going forward. Coal has been stabilising after rising demand w...

Bangladesh exports rise in FY22

06 July 2022, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh recorded the highest ever export of commodities, including cement, in FY21-22 (July 2021-June 2022). Bangladesh’s cement industry has earned export revenue of US$9.57m in FY21-22, compared to US$7.26m in the year-ago period. This export trend reflects growth of 31.8 per cent YoY. The figure also includes a minor amount of salt, stone and related products, according to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data. The export value for cement increased by 19.6 per cent, sign...

Kaliningrad construction sector suffers from cement sanctions

05 July 2022, Published under Cement News

The restrictions of Russian cement and metals transit to the Kaliningrad region is having an impact on construction in the Russian province. Anton Alikhanov, governor of the Kaliningrad region, said the the transit of building materials such as cement is   the most critical for the regional economy. "Cement. This is the most challenging for us at the moment. Metals as well. We started experiencing interruptions of cement supplies as early as in spring, because Europeans initiated sanctio...

PPC calls for SA government action on cement dumping

04 July 2022, Published under Cement News

PPC has urged South Africa’s government to investigate “cement dumping” by countries such as Vietnam. It believes that the survival of the local cement industry may be under threat if the practice is left unchecked. PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen said that the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition should also consider broad import tariffs for cement to avoid new countries dumping cement and filling the void left by countries that have been subject to new dumping tariffs. “There will a...

UltraTech Cement pays for Russian coal shipment in yuan

30 June 2022, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement has reportedly paid for a shipment of Russian coal in Chinese yuan, raising questions over whether this will now become the norm. The cement producer is importing 157,000t of coal from Russian company SUEK at a value of CNY172.65m (US$25.8m). The coal was loaded onto the bulk carrier MV Mangas in the Russian port of Vanino and is currently at anchor near the port of Kandla, reports The Hindu. The news is being described by one Singapore-based trader as "significant" as it...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe to increase exports

24 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe made its first exports to Malawi and is expecting to build on the shipment to increase exports from Zimbabwe. “Because of our significant capacity, which is first of all oversized for the domestic market, growing demand in the region for this type of products, we are looking at, especially, (export) markets like Zambia and Malawi,” said CEO Geoffrey Ndugwa. “We just made our first exports to Malawi a few weeks ago, so we are feeling pretty good about the trend,” h...

CEMBUREAU asks for speedy CBAM implementation

23 June 2022, Published under Cement News

The European cement association CEMBUREAU has welcomed the adoption of the European Parliament reports on the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) but states that timely implementation of CBAM is key to support the sector’s transition to carbon neutrality. "Our sector needs a coherent and predictable regulatory framework to deliver on its carbon neutrality ambitions. The texts adopted today offer significant improvements on key issues – suc...