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APCMA appeals for expeditious handling of imported coal

17 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement manufacturers have appealed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the Minister for Industries and Production, Hammad Azhar, and the Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Zaidi, to ensure the smooth expeditious handling of imported raw materials for cement and other industries at the country’s ports at competitive rates.   The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has appealed that coal imports at Port Qasim has become a costly and time-consuming a...

CemProspects considers important energy markets

07 October 2020, Published under Cement News

After moving online this year, CemProspects 2020 began yesterday by looking at energy markets of importance to the cement sector. The first day of the session provided a considerable overview of the coal market. Carlos Alvarez Fernandez, International Energy Agency (IEA), considered the fundamentals and delivered an outlook that noted the considerable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global energy demand is expected to drop six per cent in 2020, which will be the largest fall in 70 years....

Bangladesh suspends coal discharge in fear of coronavirus

10 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh has suspended offloading of imported coal from a foreign flag vessel due to suspicion of coronavirus in crew, at Mongla port in southern Bangladesh last week. According to theport authority the offloading of coal from bulk carrier Serenitas N was stopped on  at berth number H- 3 of Mongla Port on 5 March as three sailors of the vessel were taken into an isolation ward for having a body temperature that exceeded the normal range. The vessel had sailed from the Lianyungang port in...

Egypt's cement sector is relying more heavily on coal

22 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Egypt saw thermal coal imports rise by 31 per cent to 6.32Mt in 2019, according to official data from the port of Alexandria, driven by strong demand from the cement sector. Most coal was imported from the US. The latest data confirm a two-year growth period in thermal coal imports. In 2018 they spiked by 174 per cent to 4.81Mt from 1.75Mt in 2017. The country’s largest importer of thermal coal is Egypt’s largest cement producer, El Arish Cement, which imported 2.04Mt or 32 per cent of to...

Pakistan coal imports fall 1QFY19-20

09 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's import of coal for power generation and cement industry has decreased during the period of July-September 2019-20 due to reduced demand in these industries, according to estimates by Central Bank of Pakistan in its latest report for the same quarter.   Coal imports dropped by a sharp 41.4 per cent YoY to US$272.2m during the quarter. Quantum imports and unit prices of the commodity were both lower than last year. Demand for imported coal dropped from both the power and cement sect...

Bangladesh updates plan for coal/bulk terminal

07 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Payra Port Authority (PPA), under the Bangladeshi Ministry of Shipping, intends to develop a coal/bulk terminal at Payra Port, Kalapara, Patuakhali, as a public-private partnership project. Through a new announcement, the port authority has re-invited the expertise of international experts or consortiums to participate in proposed project. The successful bidders will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the coal/bulk terminal and transfer it to Payra Port Authority, based on the te...

Bhutan considers coal alternatives

03 December 2019, Published under Cement News

Bhutan is looking at options to reduce its carbon emissions. Given that the country generates 215t of municipal waste (MW) every day, about 50t of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) could be produced from sorted waste. In Bhutan, the three integrated cement plants, Dungsam Cement, Penden Cement, and Lhaki Cement produce clinker using rotary kilns with dry-process and consume an average of 500tpd of coal. Generally, energy costs of fuel and electricity represent 40 per cent of cement manufacturing...

Indian cement companies amongst bidders for coal blocks

10 September 2019, Published under Cement News

India’s UltraTech Cement, ACC Cement and Reliance Cement are amongst the prospective bidders for the auction of 27 coal blocks. To attract investors, the government has allowed the sale of up to half the output to Coal India at a notified price, while a further 25 per cent can be sold in the open market. However, block operators have to consume at least 25 per cent of their produce in their own plant, according to The Economic Times. The Coal Ministry has also increased the time limit for...

CMA hold meeting with Singareni Collieries Co Ltd

15 August 2019, Published under Cement News

India's Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) has held a constructive interaction with Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (SCCL). The meeting organised by the CMA with the senior officials of SCCL in Hyderabad saw a commitment on both sides to work towards improving offtake of coal by the cement industry. CMA felt extremely reassured by the positive response received from Dr J Allwyn, executive director (Coal Movement), SCCL and N V Rajasekhar Rao, deputy general manager (Marketing), SCCL. The s...

Keystone Cement to switch to natural gas

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

USA-based Keystone Cement has announced that its application for a US$320,950 state grant to extend a natural gas line to its plant in East Allen Township, Pennsylvania, has been approved. The company is looking to phase out coal in favour of natural gas as its primary fuel source, according to The Express Times. "The gas line will fuel the Portland cement rotary dry-process kiln and the preheater tower manufacturing equipment," stated the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic D...