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SPL: lessons learned

26 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Spent pot lining (SPL) generated by the aluminium industry forms an important alternative source of fuel and raw material for the cement industry. However, its use presents certain challenges in terms of the cement production process and final product quality. By Dr Kåre Helge Karstensen, Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), Norway. With a worldwide generation of around 1.45Mta, SPL provides a significant resource for the cement industry The worldwide prod...

Ignore FSI potential at your peril

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Ensuring employee safety should be placed at the top of the organisational agenda, but in some cases current health and safety practices, or their implementation and compliance, fall short. To avoid such incidents, an ongoing review of the potential for serious injury and fatality (FSI) during certain tasks and the effectiveness of current safety practices can highlight likely risk areas. By Dekra Insight, USA. Assessing the potential for serious injury and improving current safety pr...

Canada: Lafarge improving environmental impact

13 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has completed a CAD20m (US$15.3m) modernisation project at its Exshaw plant in Alberta. The works focussed on improving the plant’s environmental impact but also nearly doubled output from 1.3Mta to 2.2Mta. The retrofit was carried out on the plant’s kiln No. 5, alongside the construction of a new state-of-the-art kiln No. 6. While completing this project, which was started in 2013, one of the plant’s older kilns had to be decommissioned.  Amongst the environmental measures put...

Green cement volumes to rise at a CARG of 7.6% up to 2024

06 September 2016, Published under Cement News

According to report published by Grand View Research, global green cement market is expected to reach US$37.76bn by 2024. Growing awareness regarding reduction in carbon emissions and its detrimental effect on the environment will fuel market growth. The commercial sector will be the fastest-growing green cement market and is expected to witness volume growth at a CAGR of 7.6 per cent from 2016 to 2024 as a result of its increasing application in commercial establishments such as office ...

Best practice in karst mining

31 August 2016, Published under Cement News

The high biodiversity and ecological sensitivity of karst areas presents additional challenges in terms of sustainable mining practices to cement producers as they mine for the limestone required by their production process. In a partnership with key domestic environmental conservationists, Brazil’s Votorantim Cimentos has published a guide on best practices in limestone mining in these highly-vulnerable environments. By Patricia Montenegro, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. The karst envi...

Philippines: Republic Cement confident despite environmental crackdown

17 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Republic Cement has vowed to continue with its expansion plans and has said that it is "ready" to face an environmental audit from the Filipino government, ABS-CBN News reports. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recently handed out suspensions to 10 mining companies over safety violations and has challenged the country’s largest coal mining firm, Semirara, to make the case for allowing its operations to continue. Republic’s president, Rentao Sunico, said he was co...

Myanmar: protestors vow to continue fight against MCL

09 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Local protestors in Kyaikmaraw in southeast Myanmar have reacted angrily to the publication of a report into the building a new coal-fired cement plant, Burma News International reports. The report, which follows a consultation on the building of the plant, was seen as being biased towards the Mawlamyine Cement project. The US$400m plant, which is being built as a joint venture between SCG and Pacific Link Cement, is to come online in mid-2016 and will have a capacity of around 1.6Mta....

Pakistan: Fecto Cement prosecuted over violating national park

03 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced that it has stripped the Fecto Cement Company of its lease of plant and issued a fine of PKR420m (US$4m), the Express Tribune reports. The move comes after the company was accused of illegally dumping explosives in the Margalla Hills National Park, but also concerns a dispute within the state government itself. In June 2012, Fecto Cement had extended a just-expired limestone mining lease for 18 years. However, while this deci...

Indonesia: President meets with Semen Indonesia protestors

03 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has met with community representatives who are resisting plans to build a cement factory and quarry at Mount Kendeng in Central Java, the Jakarta Post reports. According to the newspaper, the new PT Semen Indonesia plant is 95 per cent complete. Locals have raised objections on the grounds that the plant will disturb the community and that the mining operation will jeopardise access to groundwater supplies. Following the meeting, the president’s chief o...

Cemtech Asia and the Philippine growth trail

01 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemtech Asia’s seventh conference and exhibition, which took place in Manila, Philippines, between 19-22 June, provided an exceptional opportunity to take stock of the industry’s progress in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. Ernesto M Ordoñez, president of the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), delivered the keynote address, using the opportunity to highlight the country’s upward momentum in cement consumption. Ernesto M Ordoñez addresses delegates...