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Petcoke on the rise, driven by higher coal prices and high discounts – new OPEC cuts support oil

21 July 2023, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark The holiday mood has dampened the volatility in most markets and the dominant factor is the fear of low demand due to slower growth as central banks keep raising interest rates to bring inflation down. The European Central Bank (ECB) raised interest rates again. Following the general elections, the Turkish Central Bank raised rates by 6.5 per cent to 15 per cent in a new inflation focus. Talks between the USA and China have released the te...

Egypt's cement exports rise 33% in 5M23

13 July 2023, Published under Cement News

Egypt’s cement exports climbed by 33 per cent during the first five months of 2023, according to a recent report by the Export Council for Building Materials, Refractory, and Metallurgy Industries (ECBM). According to the report, exports from Egypt reached US$380m, up from the US$286m recorded during the same period in 2022. Côte d'Ivoire's imports of Egyptian cement had a value of US$84.347m, rising by 203 per cent YoY, reported Amwal Al Ghad. Ghana imported US$65.155m worth of Egyptian ...

Petcoke seen as cheapest fuel as up first time in 17 weeks

07 July 2023, Published under Cement News

by Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark Oil is stabilising following an intervention from Saudi Arabia with cuts as negative sentiment persists. Coal has settled above US$100, but plenty of supply to the market. Nevertheless, a higher price is expected. Petcoke dropped to US$65, but after 17 weeks, it is now seen as the cheapest fuel and price is moving up. While the discount remains in neutral, its position at the high end points to a move to the cheap zone. Steam coal an...

Bangladesh cement export revenue jumps 43% YoY

05 July 2023, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh has reported 42.7 per cent YoY growth in cement export revenue to US$13.66m in FY22-23 (July 2022-June 2023). This compares to US$9.57m in the same period a year earlier. According to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), this figure includes minor amounts of salt, stone and related products. Historically, the majority of cement exports from Bangladesh are shipped to India, particularly from the northeastern states of Bangladesh. Other popular destinations include N...

EUA falls sharply pressured by gas and coal prices

03 July 2023, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark The EUA price saw a sharp drop below EUR80/t to major support at EUR77/t, pressured by lower gas and coal prices. After compliance buying ended in April, investment funds now have the largest short position since 2018. Following a new round of cuts by OPEC+, gas and oil prices lifted. While there has no political news, the market expects a tightening of the EU’s carbon reduction target to 75 per cent in 2040, replacing the current target...

OPEC+ actions lift oil and the energy complex – coal and petcoke fall to 2020 levels on lower demand

30 June 2023, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark The markets are still caught in the fear that higher interest rates to fight inflation could start a recession and see demand fall. The market expects both the US Federal Reserve and European Central Bank to increase rates but at a slower rate to enable current levels to take effect. The US debt ceiling agreement reduced market fears and saw equities rise. Geopolitical tensions are looking towards Taiwan where US and Chinese navies are conduct...

Provisional dispatches data show a mixed trend in June 2023

26 June 2023, Published under Cement News

All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) is yet to release  overseas and local cement dispatch data. Local cement sales are expected to grow by two per cent MoM in June 2023, but down 16 per cent YoY in the FY22-23 (July 2022-June 2023), according to a local research house. Topline Securities said Pakistan’s total cement sales in June 2023 are expected to increase by two per cent MoM, reaching 4Mt. Similarly, local dispatches are also anticipated to rise by two per cent...

Lafarge Algeria increases cement exports in 1H23

26 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Algeria ( Holcim ) has announced improved export results for the 1H23. Thanks to the support of the Algerian authorities and close collaboration with its partners, Lafarge Algeria exported nearly 1.7Mt of products, 39 per cent of which were 'cement' finished products  valuing more than US$80m. Volumes were helped by the start up of the  automatic shiploader at Djenden Port, with 18,000tpd capacity.

Pakistan cement exports continue mixed trend in 11MFY22-23

21 June 2023, Published under Cement News

The cement industry in Pakistan continued to experience a mixed picture in export revenue during the first 11 months of the current financial year, which runs from July 2022 to June 2023. While the income earned in US dollars decreased, the Pakistani rupee improved due to the currency's devaluation. BMA Capital, in a research report on the cement industry, commented that the prospect of exports serving as a viable solution for new cement capacities appears reasonable. Analysts anticipate ...

Coal ash laden vessel sinks in Bangladesh

21 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Chittagong Port of Bangladesh has reported that a local vessel carrying coal ash for cement and other industries sank in the Alpha Anchorage area of the port on 14 June. According to local sources, the MV Delower Al Bahar, carrying 800t of coal ash, sank due to hostile weather in the outer anchorage of the Chattogram port. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority officials said the vessel sank after its floor ruptured with crew on board the lighter ship jumping into the sea when it sta...