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Czech market expands 5% in 2021

08 September 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in the Czech Republic saw a 5.2 per cent advance to 4.68Mt in 2021 when compared with the previous year, according to the Czech Cement Association. Domestic cement production advanced by 4.6 per cent YoY to 4.72Mt in 2021 from 4.513Mt in 2020. Of this total, 0.615Mt was exported, representing a 9.2 per cent increase on export volumes in 2020. Supply in the Czech market in 2021 was boosted by 0.579Mt of imports, which saw a 14.9 per cent YoY rise. Nearly half of the amo...

Optimised fuel metering for Solnhofer Portland Zement

05 October 2021, Published under Cement News

As a result of the increased use of substitute fuels at Solnhofer Portland Zement’s plant in Germany, the existing pulverised coal dosing system was increasingly reaching its limits both in terms of range and dosing accuracy. Furthermore, it was foreseeable that the fly ash used for dusting the animal meal would no longer be available. Therefore, the cement producer decided to carry out a complex conversion of its fuel dosing system. By Intercem Engineering, Germany. Figure 1: coal du...

Petcoke market sees prices slump

22 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Hit by the coronavirus, petcoke prices fell as the Mediterranean market contracted. Demand declined as the cement and construction sectors reduced their output amid lockdown restrictions. A Spain-based trader said he had heard “some inquiries over the place (Japan, Pakistan, India, China, Denmark, Guatemala, etc to name some) but not real closures yet. Not much really at Med. Only running countries are Egypt and Turkey, but both ended 2019 on high clinker stocks thus demand now is not grea...

Indian petcoke imports rise in October

23 December 2019, Published under Cement News

India imported 809,000t of petcoke in October 2019, up more than 364 per cent from the year-ago period, according to Iman Resources. The imports were primarily sent from the US and Saudi Arabia, at 372,000t and 295,000t, respectively. Oman sent 38,000t, while 32,000t came from China. The origin of the remaining 72,000t was not clarified. The spike has been related to the lifting of the petcoke consumption order in October 2018, which saw cement producers increase their fuel-grade petcoke i...

The ‘magic’ of magnesium

17 January 2019, Published under Cement News

While petcoke is a less expensive fuel option, its use can lead to operational challenges for the cement plant, such as the formation of kiln rings and build-ups in the lower cyclones of the preheater. To optimise combustion and avoid these issues, Nuh Çimento has trialled a magnesium-based chemical additive that helps control the impact of high-sulphur fuels. By Seyda Arikan, Nuh Çimento, Turkey, and Jose Hernandez, EES Services, Mexico. Figure 1: vanadium oxide complexes and their ...

Coal prices on Pakistan may affect profitability

08 June 2018, Published under Cement News

The increase in coal prices is likely to affect the margin of cement companies in Pakistan, particularly those who have captive power plants based on imported coal. According to Research House report, the demands for coal may vary subject to international factors in coming months. International coal prices posted a surge of 34 per cent during FY18 to date mainly due to production constraints, low inventory levels and strong demand (spurred by cold weather) in China. Currently coal (Richa...

Jammu and Kashmir Cements’ Khrew plant shut due to coal shortage

29 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The Khrew plant of Jammu and Kashmir Cements Ltd was shut for nine days as a result of a coal shortage. The shutdown occurred between 14-22 January and is reported to have cost the company at least INR60m (US$ 943,879) . Usually the cement producer stores 1.52Mt of coal, procured on advance payment from Kolkata. However, to meet exigencies and following losses, the company has now purchased coal from a private player at higher rates, reports the Daily Excelsior. According to sourc...

Minya's coal storage solution

15 November 2017, Published under Cement News

To help meet the Egyptian rules and regulations on the storage of coal, ASEC Cement Company called on OYK Consultants to design and deliver a suitable storage solution quickly and cost-effectively. By OYK Engineering Consultants, Egypt. Erection of the steel structure at Minya’s new coal storage facility Faced with insufficient supplies of natural gas, the Egyptian government turned to imported coal as an energy source for the country’s cement industry. A number of rules and reg...

BlackGold Natural Resources Ltd completes first coal delivery to Semen Padang, Indonesia

29 March 2017, Published under Cement News

BlackGold Natural Resources Ltd announced that its subsidiary, PT Samantaka Batubara has successfully completed its first coal delivery to Indonesian producer Semen Padang. The purchase order from Padang has an approximate value of US$12.6m which BlackGold expects to complete periodically within the next 10 months. The first delivery of coal to Semen Padang was completed on 24 March 2017 and delivery by a second fleet of trucks is expected to commence by April 2017. "We are very pleased wi...

Semen Indonesia signs cost-cutting deal with Pertamina

25 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Semen Indonesia (SI) has signed an agreement with oil and gas firm Pertamina that will see the latter provide oil for SI’s needs in production, transportation and logistics. The Jakarta Post says the deal could save SI up to IDR1tn (USS$75.7m) and would also involve Pertamina providing assistance in converting SI’s operations to gas power. Semen Indonesia’s president director Suparni said: “[The agreement] is to ensure that the company can increase its operations and also to help in th...