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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...

Raw MSW gasification at Conch Tongling Cement

25 July 2016, Published under Cement News

To enable Conch Tongling Cement to burn a higher rate of alternative fuels, an integrated gasification system was installed and duly tested. The system converts organic or fossil fuel-derived carbonaceous materials into CO, H and CO 2 and without combustion, produces a fuel that can be used in cement production. By Yan Da-Hai, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, China, Kåre Helge Karstensen and Christian J Engelsen, Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF),...

Carbon capture breakthrough

20 July 2016, Published under Cement News

The EU has awarded a €12m grant to the LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) consortium. The consortium, led by technology provider Calix, aims to apply and demonstrate a breakthrough calciner that can separate the process-related CO 2 without additional energy demand. In combination with conventional carbon capture techniques for the flue gas-related CO 2 , this has the potential to give the most economical purification of 100 per cent of a cement or lime kiln’s CO 2 emissions....

PetroCem 2016

13 July 2016, Published under Cement News

The 9th PetroCem was held at the Astoria Hotel, St Petersburg between 24-26 April 2016. Some 500 delegates listened to a comprehensive programme that included leading cement producers and analysts as well as equipment suppliers, while a 50-stand exhibition provided expert knowledge and support. By ICR Research, UK. PetroCem 2016 opened with a distinguished line of speakers, including Igor Shikalov, Ilya Chigir, Mikhail Skorokhod and Ivan Borisov Mila German, conference organi...

Next-generation cement carriers

11 July 2016, Published under Cement News

As the cement production process becomes more aware of the fuels it burns and the impact on the environment, the cement shipping sector is also considering more sustainable solutions for moving cement across the globe. By Daniel Ulestig, KGJ Cement, Singapore. MV Greenland at sea JT Cement, a joint-venture between KGJ Cement AS (Norway) and Erik Thun AB (Sweden), has launched the world’s first liquified natural gas (LNG)/marine gas oil (MGO) dual-fuel cement carriers. The joi...