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Are lower coal prices what the cement industry needs?

29 April 2019, Published under Cement News

This week ICR takes a look at the downward trend in coal prices and discusses whether cement producers will benefit from the drop in prices or whether the cement sector should be looking more at sustainable long-term fuel options. Coal prices cool Morgan Stanley reports that April's data of Newcastle and Atlantic Basin prices has seen thermal coal retreat by 23-30 per cent YoY, as evidenced by the key contract between global mining company Glencore and Japan's Tohoku Electric Power, end...

Geocycle Albox plant processes waste to 53,000t of AF

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Geocycle, part of the LafargeHolcim group, produced 53,000t of alternative fuels, the highest in 10 years, at its Albox plant in Spain as it processed 49,000t of waste, up 20 per cent when compared with volumes in 2017. The company has invested a total of EUR860,000, including a new waste treatment line in Spain. It allows the company to pre-treat a range of wastes, such as plastics, rags and biomass, from the country’s Almanzora region. "With this new equipment it will be possible to avoi...

Waste from Tirupur to fuel Coimbatore cement plant

28 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The non-biodegradable waste generated in Tirupur, India, will be delivered to a cement plant on the outskirts of Coimbatore, following the signing of a letter of intent by Tirupur’s city corporation with ACC. Around 30tpd of non-biodegradable waste will be supplied to ACC’s cement plant in Madukarai as an alternative to firewood. However, as waste segregation at micro-level has been poor, the corporation is planning to increase awareness among residents and commercial outfits to segregat...

Saving energy across the board

18 October 2018, Published under Cement News

To improve its energy management and reduce fuel costs, the Turkey-based OYAK Group introduced alternative fuels (AFs) at its Denizli Çimento plant. A new fuel transport system was required and the cement producer turned to BEUMER Group for an environmentally friendly and low-energy way of conveying the AFs. By BEUMER Group GmbH & Co KG, Germany. BEUMER Group supplied and installed a single-source solution based on its pipe conveyor technology To improve energy efficiency at its...

Dalmia Cement looks to replace coal with plastics

03 October 2018, Published under Cement News

India’s Dalmia Cement has met with Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board to discuss how it can use the state’s waste in the cement production process, after the Union Government has directed all cement companies to reduce coal consumption, according to the Shillong Times. “They are requesting if we can get them the waste, especially plastic, wood chips and rubber crumbs and the calorific value of the plastic is very high, around 8000 and it helps in the heating process of cement,” said W...

Kerala pollution control board in waste disposal talks with cement companies

10 September 2018, Published under Cement News

The Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is holding talks with cement companies to dispose of foam-based waste from households following recent floods in the Indian state. KSPCB Ernakulam Regional Chief Environmental Engineer, M A Baiju, said the department has pinned hopes on the cement companies to shift the foam waste piled up at various waste collection points. "The damaged beds, sofa cushions and pillows can be used by the cement companies for co-incineration purpose at their ...

Gujarat leads the way in plastic co-processing

12 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Gujarat cement plants substituted coal with 350,000t of plastic waste in 2017-18, the highest volume across all Indian states. "We facilitated management of 120,000t of plastic waste in 2017 as alternate fuel in our 14 plants across India, more than half of which was in Gujarat plants alone," according to Ulhas Parlikar, director, Geocycle India. India’s Central Pollution Control Board has authorised 54 plants to use plastic for co-processing, with 15 plants currently doing so, according ...

Indonesian cement plants to burn medical waste

21 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry has asked four cement plants to burn untreated medical waste. In early April the ministry requested PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa, PT Holcim Indonesia, PT Semen Padang and PT Cemindo Gemilang to burn the waste within six months. The step follows the closure of two of the country’s six medical waste companies last year as a result of legal sanctions for overcapacity issues. The closure has left medical waste from 3069 health facilities unmanage...

VDZ: Optimising the clinker burning process

22 January 2018, Published under Cement News

VDZ GmbH will be delivering a presentation on the optimisation of the clinker burning process when using alternative fuels at Cemtech Middle East & Africa, held between 17-20 February 2018. Nijat Orujov, senior consultant for environment and plant technology, offers a glimpse of what he will be discussing in February. ICR:  How should cement companies prepare to use alternative fuels in their plants? Nijat Orujov (NO): It is essential that alternative fuels used in the clinker ...

Ambuja Cement co-processes 12,500t of biomass at Rabriyawas works

22 January 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim-owned Ambuja Cement has co-processed more than 12,500t of biomass from farmers at its Rabriyawas plant in 2017, a considerable increase when compared with less than 800t in 2012. The Ambuja Cement Foundation established a farmer-producer company to directly supply biomass to Geocycle India, which processed the waste into a suitable fuel for firing the Rabriyawas kiln.