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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. ...

Lafarge Hungary announces plant investment

02 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Hungary has announced that it will invest HUF2bn (US$6.99m) for upgrades at its plant in Királyegyháza, southwest Hungary, by the first half of next year. The investment will boost the share of secondary fuel used at the plant from 60 to 80 per cent and reduce CO 2 emissions by 10 per cent. Last year, the company generated a revenue of around HUF19bn.

Key risks to near-term oil price

06 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Global oil demand is growing at its weakest rate since 2012 while global oil supply disruptions continue to be at their highest levels in almost 30 years, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML). Key risks to the oil price remain with US trade wars and tensions with Iran affecting demand and supply, respectively. In addition, the bank also highlights the “ultimate ultra-bearish scenario” where China relinquishes trade negotiations, ignores US sanctions and proceeds to purchase Ira...

Vietnam's cement industry assists coal demand

11 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s cement industry has helped drive an increase in coal sales during the first 11 months of 2018. The country’s Coal and Mineral Industries Corporation (Vinacomin) has exceeded its year plan within the period, recording an increase of 17 per cent YoY to 37.39Mt, according to Vietnam News. The amount of coal sold to the cement industry rose 21 per cent in comparison with the 11M17. Alongside a surge in demand from the thermal power and fertiliser industries, the high consumption of ce...