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Serbian cement industry faces fuel challenge

22 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Serbia’s cement industry is being considerably impacted by the Russia-Ukraine war as the sector depends on high-calorie coal imports from both Russia and Ukraine for more than 50 per cent of its fuel requirement. Moreover, the alternative fuels used by the industry are insufficient to safeguard business continuity, particularly in the currently expanding market. The supply chains from Russia and Ukraine have almost stopped, presenting a serious challenge to the industry, according to Associ...

Belarusian cement plants quadruple peat consumption in 2015-21

25 January 2022, Published under Cement News

Belarusian cement plants increased the consumption of peat fuel by 4.36 times to 362,000t between 2015-21, according to Valery Kovalyov, vice CEO of Beltopgaz. “Peat fuel consumption by cement plants increased from 83,000t in 2015 to 362,000t in 2021,” Mr Kovalyov said in an interview with Beltopgaz’ corporate journal. Cement plants account for 44 per cent of total peat fuel sales and have been actively substituting imported natural gas with locally-available peat products.

CEMEX UK: innovations for fossil fuel phase out

07 December 2021, Published under Cement News

CEMEX is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through innovation and investment in future-forward technology. Paul Fletcher, head of sustainability Europe, CEMEX, discusses how the route to net zero using groundbreaking technologies at CEMEX’s UK Rugby cement plant is setting the scene across all operations. By Paul Fletcher, CEMEX UK. CEMEX UK has recently invested approximately US$25m into a new system to further replace fossil fuels usage at its Rugby cement plant, incorp...

Iraq's cement association calls for reversal of fuel subsidy decision

22 September 2021, Published under Cement News

Iraq's association of cement manufacturers has called on authorities to reverse a decision which has seen a reduction in fuel subsidies for the sector, according to Agence France-Presse. Earlier this month, the oil ministry raised the price of fuel sold to cement manufacturers from IQD150/l (US$0.10) to IQD250, in addition to a previous increase this year. The association has warned that the move risks factory closures or a hike in cement prices by at least US$10/t. "The decision will ...

Holcim contracts YPF as fuel supplier

11 November 2020, Published under Cement News

YPF signed an agreement to supply natural gas and petcoke to Holcim’s plants in Malagueño (Córdoba), Campana (Buenos Aires province), Capdeville (Mendoza) and Puesto Viejo (Jujuy), Argentina. The duration of the agreement is two years and will supply all of Holcim Argentina’s natural gas and petcoke supplies, according to CE Noticias Financieras. In 2019 Holcim signed an agreement with YPF Luz with the latter supplying wind power from the Los Teros facility in Azul, Buenos Aires province. ...

Indian delivered petcoke prices under pressure due to low demand

05 December 2019, Published under Cement News

Prices of delivered petcoke to India fell again as seaborne demand after the Diwali break remained subdued and cheaper alternatives could be found. Reliance Industries Ltd reduced its November domestic petcoke price to INR6172/t, down INR728/t MoM and representing a fall of over 10 per cent, according to sources quoted by Platts Coal Trader. In terms of demand, bids for imported coal have been reportedly sparse as most cement plants have already covered their inventory needs. Moreover,...

Siguaney prepares to restart production

07 October 2019, Published under Cement News

After a one-and-a-half year stop, repair at the Siguaney cement plant in Cuba is set to resume. New refractory bricks have arrived at the port of Mariel, Cuba, and the Siguaney cement plant is preparing for work at its two kilns. It is expected that the work will take two weeks. “In this year-and-a-half we have not worked the complete cycle of the process, but we have taken the opportunity to work on the improvement of the industry because, despite the tense financial situation of recent y...

Efficient grinding meets reduced CO2 emissions

12 August 2019, Published under Cement News

While cement plants have made sound progress in terms of reducing CO 2 emissions from fuel consumption, progress relating to such emissions from electricity consumption has been slower. VDZ looks at a key power consumer in the modern cement plant: the grinding section. By Jonas Knappert, Kevin Treiber and Stefan Seemann, VDZ, Germany. Figure 1: electrical energy consumption of the cement manufacturing processes 1 Cement production is energy intensive in terms of fuel and elect...

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...

Decarbonisation quick wins

08 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Different world regions present different challenges to the cement industry. While in the fast-growing economies of Asia and Africa building capacity and security of supply are key, cement plant operations in other regions are more affected by the need to reduce CO 2 emissions as their economies aim for decarbonisation. There is good news for both sides: the use of a new clean fuel can make a decisive contribution to tackling either challenge. By Wolfgang Moser, NextFuel AB, Sweden. ...