Canada: Production has stopped at the McInnis Cement plant at Port-Daniel–Gascons in Quebec due to an unspecific mechanical issue. Maintenance is expected to take place until the end of January 2019, according to the Le Soleil newspaper. The cement producer refused to confirm whether that problem had been caused by the drive shaft overheating and damaging its metal shell. However, the company said that the repairs would only extend a planned maintenance period by a few weeks. No cost for the repairs have been disclosed.
Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (USA) was originally awarded the contract to build the plant in 2014. After a protracted building phase the plant produced its first cement in mid-2017 and was then inaugurated a few months later.