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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...

Sustaining European cement

02 June 2014, Published under Cement News

The current economic recession is providing the European cement industry with a challenging business environment. Resource and energy efficiency, carbon sequestration and reuse, low-carbon cement and downstream initiatives all provide opportunities for creating a cement sector that is more sustainable, both in terms of the environment as well as costs. In an interview with the European cement association, CEMBUREAU, ICR talked with CEO Koen Coppenholle and his team about the challenges ahead...

Lowering NOx and SO2

19 December 2012, Published under Cement News

There are several options for reducing NOx and SO2 in the cement pyroprocess. However, the solution selected must be both cost-effective and flexible in terms of raw materials, fuels and operating conditions. Making the correct choice requires the necessary process know-how and advanced technical solutions to handle NOx and SO2 emissions at all levels. FLSmidth is one of the few companies to offer both. Lars Schultz explains. Dialogue between FLSmidth specialist and customer, SNCR inj...

Muger Cement Enterprise plans coal conversion project, Ethiopia

10 October 2012, Published under Cement News

Ethiopia’s Muger Cement Enterprises is considering proposals from two Chinese suppliers to award a turnkey project for converting the current Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) clinker burning system to coal fired system. Declining to disclose the names of the companies, Mekonnen Zergaw, CEO of the Enterprise told Fortune that five companies had participated in the bid, of which one has been disqualified at the beginning while two companies did not pass the technical evaluation. The government instructe...