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Cemex Colombia extends O&M contract with Wärtsilä

13 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex Colombia has awarded Wärtsilä the four-year extension to the operation and maintenance (O&M), marking a 25-year continuous partnership by 2023. The 26MW Caracolito Cemex power plant operates on five Wärtsilä 18-cylinder 34SG engines in V-configuration running on natural gas. It provides a reliable electricity supply to power the cement facility’s day-to-day production requirements. In addition to reliability, Wärtsilä’s continued O&M services ensure, among other things, optimised and...

Hail Cement shuts down for maintenance

28 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Saudi cement producer Hail Cement Co has announced its planned shutdown of its production line for maintenance. The company’s cement mill and packaging line will remain in operation and therefore, order fulfilment will not be affected by the shutdown.

Intercem Engineering refurbishes dryer at German plant

13 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Refurbishment at a German cement plant For many years Intercem Engineering has been commissioned with the maintenance work during the winter revision in the cement works of a well-known German producer. Recently the company carried out the following works at the plant: refurbishment of the screw field of one dryer, lining of the second dryer with track plate, renewal of two honeycomb fields and an intermediate field as well as screw controls. The complete tooling required fo...

Kiln break in McInnis Cement adds 1-2 weeks to production stop

03 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Reports of a major kiln break at McInnis Cement’s Port-Daniel plant have indicated that the plant will see a production stop of 6-7 weeks. However, the company has said that a production stop for maintenance purposes was already scheduled and the break adds only 1-2 weeks to the initial plan. The break occurred on Thursday but the company has refused to confirm the exact nature of the damaged and the expected cost of repairs remains unknown. "It adds one to two weeks to our already planned...

Kiln maintenance

14 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Increasing competition within the cement industry and growing concerns about sustainable cement production have placed more rigorous demands on maintenance in cement plants, including the maintenance of the kiln. Therefore, kiln maintenance requires a more dedicated focus than ever. By Dr Nijat Orujov and Frank Henning, VDZ, Germany. Figure 1: walk-by inspection on the kiln roller Driven by a competitive business climate and growing concerns about environmental protection, maint...

Ethiopian cement industry faces persistent challenges

06 August 2018, Published under Cement News

While the Ethiopian cement industry has expanded significantly and changed from being a net importer to a net exporter, the industry faces continued challenges, according to Haile Assegide, president of the Ethiopian Cement Producers’ Association in a key note address at the third annual East African Cement, Concrete and Energy Summit. A shortage of skilled manpower, lack of foreign currency and erratic power supply all continue to haunt domestic cement plants. Mr Assegide said that there ...

Akhangarancement records production increase in May

15 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Uzbekistan-based Akhangarancement has announced an increase in cement production for May 2018. The producer recorded a 2.7 per cent YoY increase to 175,024t in May, according to Uzbekistan Daily. The volume of clinker production also increased by 838t to 130,060t for the period. Plant maintenance which began in November 2017 was also successfully completed in May, including repairs to the rotary kilns and cement and raw mills by company personnel.

Lafarge to invest millions in Val d’Azergues plant

06 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge announced that it will invest several million euros in upgrading its Val d’Azergues plant, France, over the next three years. During the winter technical shutdown, the plant will carry out several maintenance procedures, particularly on the kiln’s bag filter. It will also renovate the preheater and is reported to be changing its cooler. In addition, the company seeks to improve the environmental performance of the site. The Val d’Azergues plant produces sulphate-resistant ceme...

Cement plant cost profiles

24 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Dr Clark has spent most of the last month developing manufacturing cost profiles for cement factories in different geographies of the world. Such profiles help cement producers and traders alike in finding the right location to produce or source cement. Cost profiling across geographies can help cement plant investors help to find the most profitable location to operate a plant There are a number of reasons why profiling the cost of cement factories in different geographies o...

Vallemi cement distributors concerned about shortages

15 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The association of cement distributors in Vallemi, Paraguay, has expressed its concern over the limited output at Industria Nacional del Cemento (INC)’s plant in Vallemi. Despite an US$67m the plant is reported to be unable to guarantee clinker production and Portland cement deliveries. Operation of the kiln has been intermittent and the company is waiting for foreign specialists to carry out the repairs. INC has said that parts are expected on 12 January with ABB employees to start work ...