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Pakistan: Arif Habib Group plans to spend US$235m on upgrading its Power Cement plant in Nooriabad to 3.37Mt/yr from 0.9Mt/yr. The upgrade will be completed by the end of 2019, according to the Express Tribune newspaper. Company chairman Nasim Beg said that he was hoping to take advantage of growing cement demand in the country as the effects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor heighten.
Power Cement has also completed a US$3.4m upgrade to its filter bag house equipment by installing new equipment to reduce dust emissions. Company officials say the plant is now capable of reducing dust emissions to just 17mg/m3. This is below the 300mg/m3 level set by the Environment Quality Standards in Pakistan and the World Bank’s limit of 100mg/m3 for old cement plants.
South Africa: PPC has completed the components of its 2008 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) transaction, releasing US$74m in funding in mid-December 2016. Strategic black partners and community service groups subscribed for 15.6 million shares as part of earlier agreements. The funding will be used to reduce company debts and pay for a new production line at its Slurry cement plant in Lichtenburg.
UK: Hanson is spending Euro29m on upgrades at its Ribblesdale cement plant in a seven-year project to improve production efficiency and emissions. In the first six months nearly Euro13m will be spent on improvements and maintenance to enable the plant to meet new dust emission regulations. This is the biggest investment programme at the site since the 1990s and includes a Euro2m replacement of the filters on two cement mills.
“The permitted dust level is being reduced by 66% in April 2017, from 30mg/m2 to 10 - the new equipment will perform better than this,” said plant manager Terry Reynolds. He added that the filters will run well below the new maximum dust emission levels after the installation
The plant will spend Euro7.5m, its largest investment, towards replacing its wet gas scrubber in March 2017. In addition, 75m of ducts have been replaced at a cost of Euro440,000 during a shutdown in January 2017 as part of a five-year improvement plan for the site’s exhaust gas handling system.
Ribblesdale employs 116 people and is supplied by two on-site quarries worked by an 11-person team and a team of contractors managing the loading and hauling of quarry materials. The cement plant has produced cement for projects including the Manchester International Airport, Heysham nuclear power station, Manchester United football stadium, Liverpool’s Roman Catholic cathedral and also now for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
US: The CalPortland Rillito cement plant in Arizona has received an energy efficiency rebate of US$71,213 from Tucson Electric Power (TEP) as part of a programme providing incentive funds for energy efficiency projects. The cement plant installed an upgrade to its clinker cooler using funding from the TEP Commercial Energy Solutions program. To date, this is the construction materials producers largest rebate in the state of Arizona.
Paraguay: Industria Nacional del Cemento’s (INC) production rose by 8% year-on-year to 13.2 million bags of cement in 2016 from 12.3 million bags in 2015. It also reported an operating profit of US$1.5m, according to La Nación newspaper. Company president Jorge Mendez said that the state-run cement producer produces 55,000bag/day of cement at its plants at Villeta and Vallemi, holding about 55% of the domestic market.
INC is completing a US$3.9m dryer upgrade at its Villeta plant with local contractor Engineering. Changes to the fuel used at its Vallemi plant are also on-going to cut energy costs.
Russia: Sibirskiy Cement spent a total of US$17.8m towards upgrading its cement plants in 2016. It spent US$5.2m towards modernising and automating production and about US$12.6m on the repair and maintenance of equipment, according to local media. Installing automated control systems was a priority of the upgrade work. Notably, the cement producer’s Topkinskiy plant received upgrades to its grinding and finished products units. Upgrade work will continue in 2017 with purchases of both domestic and foreign equipment.
India: Petron Engineering Construction has received a letter of intent to build silos and other miscellaneous work at Shree Cement’s cement grinding plant near Cuttack in Orissa. The contract is valued at just under US$5m, according to Accord Fintech. In September 2016 Petron received letter of intent from Shree Cement for civil work at cement plants in Aurangabad, Bihar and Gulbarga, Karnataka with a contract value of just under US$7.5m.
Nigeria: Bua Group plans to reach a cement production capacity of 10Mt/yr via upgrade projects at its Edo and Sokoto plants by the end of 2018, according to its chairman and chief executive officer Abdul Salman Rabiu. He made the comments to local press at the company's 2016 annual customer forum and awards ceremony in Abuja.
Mexico: The Cruz Azul Cooperative plans to spend US$300m towards upgrades at its four cement plants. The investment will form part of a modernisation project over the next four years, according to CNN Expansión. The initiative will involve updating older production lines with environmental upgrades, expanding its production capacity for export and generating energy from wind power.
Egypt: South Valley Cement is considering the cost of building a second production line following an increase in the cost of equipment from foreign suppliers due to the devualtion of the Egyptian Pound. The company’s management will meet in December 2016 to discuss the new 1.5Mt/yr line and how to pay for it, according to Daily News Egypt. The line will be built at the producer’s plant in Beni Suef’s industrial zone, increasing its overall production capacity to 3Mt/yr. It will take three years to build. South Valley Cement won a cement licence from the Industrial Development Authority in December 2016.