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Dangote Cement threatens to stop operations in Ethiopia over youth scheme
Ethiopia: Dangote Cement has threatened to stop its operations at its Mugher cement plant in Oromia if the local government doesn t cancel an order forcing the cement producer to give control of some of its business to local young people. Oromia state s East Shewa Zone administration has asked the Nigerian cement company to allow cooperatives of unemployed young adults to run part of its mining businesses or face "any problems" that may arise, according to the Star newspaper. The state scheme is intended to reduce youth unemployment and to relax local social tensions following riots in 2016. Dangote Cement was one of several businesses that were attacked in the unrest.However, Dangote Cement s executive director Edwin Devakumar warned that any "mismanagement" of its mining business could undermine its entire business. The cement producer intends to write to the federal government to ask for intervention otherwise it will consider shutting its Mugher plant as a last resort. / By Global Cement.com
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,23,2017

Central Pollution Control Board orders three cement plants to cease operation in Telangana
India: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has ordered three cement plants to stop operation and issued show-cause notices to 11 other units in Telangana. Kakatiya Cements in Nalgonda, Mancherial Cements in Mancherial and the government owned Cement Corporation of India at Tandur have been issued with closure notices, according to the new Indian Express newspaper. Around 240 cement factories across the country have been sent either closure or show-cause notices.The campaign follows an initiative asking selected industries to install online pollution monitoring systems which are to be connected to the CPCB as well as State Pollution Control Board servers to ensure real-time monitoring of pollution emission of industries. Cement plants have also been sent show-cause notices for failing to meet new emissions standards set by the CPCB. / By Global Cement.com
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,23,2017

UAE government member calls for tighter emissions measures
Salem Al Shehi, a member of the Federal National Council, has called for stricter measures to mitigate emissions from cement plants and other industrial production units. The representative from Ras Al Khaimah has suggested that these sites be fitted with filters and be constantly monitored, according to the Gulf News newspaper. He cited the concerns of residents living close to industrial sites in Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ghail, Naseem, Suhaila and Al Manama. Local legislation requires that dust-control techniques must be introduced in all quarries and mines, and owners of these sites are obliged to install air-monitoring stations linked to a control centre based at the RAK Environment Protection Authority’s headquarters. Despite this the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment issued pollution warnings to five cement plants between 2014 and the end of May 2017. 55 quarries were also temporarily shut down for breaching health and safety regulations in the same period. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,18,2017

Cement imports in Nepal double so far in current financial year
Nepal: Data from the Nepal Rastra Brank shows that the value of cement imports have doubled year-on-year to US$155m in the first 10 months of the current financial year from US$77m in the same period in 2015 – 2016. The surge in imports has coincided with a fall in the capacity utilisation rate of most cement plants to 60%, according to the Himalayan Times newspaper. The fall in local production has been blamed on difficulties importing clinker, coal and other raw materials. Reduced electricity supplies have also affected production. The Cement Manufacturers Association of Nepal hopes that, if these impediments are reduced, the country could become self reliant in clinker within two years. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,18,2017

EMG to build US$300m cement plant in Egypt
Islam Solaiman, the vice chairman of the Electro-Mechanical Design Group (EMG), says that the group plans to build a US$300m cement plant in Foukah, Marsa Matrouh. The plan follows the group securing cement licence prospectus documents and it has started preliminary studies, according to the Daily News Egypt newspaper. The plant will supply cement to the north-west Matrouh governate and it may export cement to Libya and other countries. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,15,2017

New Drive-Thru DomeSilo from Dome Technology
Dome Technology gas launched a microsite featuring information about the new Drive-Thru DomeSilo. The model has been designed by Dome Technology for cement and flyash storage, allowing companies to fill truck or rail directly from the storage structure and speeding up the process of product reception delivery. Drive-Thru DomeSilo incorporates a fill pipe, storage vessel, ladder access, truck scale and appropriate foundation. “Cement companies can save on building a single drive-through storage facility by eliminating the need for multiple mechanical systems, two operators and multiple structures,” Roberts said, noting that the DomeSilo is less expensive to build than a silo of similar capacity. The model allows for direct load-out, where stored product flows through a hopper for direct load-out into the truck or rail. The dome will provide 100 percent live reclaim utilizing a fully aerated floor. “Dome Technology is providing a full turnkey system, not just the storage bin,” said consulting engineer Doug Weber of Engineering System Solutions. According to Weber, the drive-through model could be used for applications like grain in the future, but the extremely active cement market took priority because demand for terminal storage is high. “Cement receiving, whether from a barge, shipping vessel or train, can be unloaded into the dome and then directly loaded into trucks or rail cars. This system directly competes with bolted steel tanks and drive-through concrete silos. Due to the unique construction techniques, this storage vessel is quickly constructed and very competitive,” Weber said. The Drive-Thru DomeSilo can be used as a day bin when built on a small scale, but in actuality “it s more like a drive-thru silo—it can store so much more than a typical steel day bin,” Roberts said. The dome s dimensions will vary by project and customer need; the bin size will likely range from 1,500 to 15,000 tons and will work well storing the typical drive-through capacity of 4,000 to 10,000 tons. However, by utilizing a fluidized floor system, “you could easily apply this same concept to a 60,000-ton DomeSilo,” Dome Technology CEO Bradley Bateman said. “There is no limit on the storage size for this technology.” /world cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,11,2017

Cemex supports Philippines infrastructure build
Cemex Holdings Philippines (CHP) is to expand capacity to keep up with local demand and reduce reliance on imported cement. According to local news reports, the company plants to expand a production plant at its subsidiary, Solid Cement Corp., as well as reducing bottlenecks at existing plants. “This year we plan to ramp up domestic production and lessen out requirements for imported cement,” said CHP President and CEO, Pedro Palomino, at a shareholder meeting. The Philippine government is planning to increase investment in infrastructure to 7.4% of GDP in coming years. This year, planned spending will total PHP860.7 billion (around US$17.4 billion), or 5.4% of GDP. “We are fully supportive of the Build, Build, Build programme of President [Redrigo] Duterte,” said Chito Mañiago, Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at CHP told reporters. “In fact, we have presented several building solutions to several cabinet secretaries.” Mañiago also noted that the company had already signed an agreement with Chinese engineering company, CBMI Construction, to begin work on the Solid Cement expansion. The project will see the construction of a new integrated production line with a capacity of 1.5 million tpy. It is scheduled for completion in 2019 and will bring CHP s total capacity to around 6.9 million tpy. “The Solid expansion bodes well for the infrastructure plant of the government,” continued Mañiago. “It s really to support the government s project.” /World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,11,2017

HeidelbergCement India says sector will grow by 7% in current fiscal year
India: The cement industry is expected to grow at 6-7% in the current 2017-2018 fiscal year, which runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, according to HeidelbergCement India. The company said that, while infrastructure (including a focus on concrete roads), affordable housing programmes and the prospect of a normal monsoon augur well for the industry, oversupply may restrict the ability to pass on any input cost increases. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,7,2017

Pakistan s exports fall, while domestic sales rise
Pakistan: Cement exports have continued to decline year-on-year for the fourth consecutive month in May 2017, registering a fall of 44.6% according to the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA). The decline follows a 45.7% year-on-year fall in exports in February 2017, a 60.4% year-on-year fall in March 2017 and a 50.8% year-on-year fall in April 2017. However domestic sales were up by 10.9% year-on-year for May 2017, reaching 3.4Mt, as compared to 3.1Mt in May 2016. Total dispatches during May 2017 were 3.7Mt, as compared to 3.6Mt in May 2016, an increase of 2.4%. So far in Pakistan s fiscal year, which runs from 1 July to 30 June, domestic cement consumption has increased by a healthy 10.8% to 37.6Mt against 35.5Mt for 1 July 2015 to 31 May 2016. Over the same period exports have declined by 21.3% to 4.3Mt. A year earlier the figure was 5.5Mt. Exports to Afghanistan more than halved from 206,000t in May 2016 to 97,000t in May 2017. Exports to India also declined, from 135,000t in May 2016 to 114,000t in May 2017. Industry experts have appealed to the government to take steps to boost housing, as the sector is currently dependent on infrastructure projects. They said that sustained growth in housing construction is essential to absorb the additional capacities that will come online in the next two years. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,7,2017

Sinoma partners with Amec Foster Wheeler in US market
US: China s Sinoma TCDRI and Amec Foster Wheeler are forming a joint venture to sell turnkey installations for the cement industry in the US. The two engineering companies revealed their relationship in the sector at the 2017 IEEE-PCA Cement Conference taking place in Calgary, Canada. The companies are negotiating their first US tenders and hope to make an announcement later in 2017. Sinoma is one of the largest suppliers of equipment for cement plants in the world but it has yet to build a plant in the United States. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,24,2017

FLSmidth Group Executive Vice President retires
Bjarne Moltke Hansen has decided to leave FLSmidth after 15 years as Group Executive Vice President. Bjarne started working for FLSmidth in 1984, holding various managerial positions in Unicon A/S over a period of 11 years. He then held the position of CEO of Cembrit Holding A/S for 5 years, before becoming CEO of Aalborg Portland Holding A/S in 2000. In 2002, Bjarne became Group Executive Vice President, Customer Services Division, until he was appointed Group Executive Vice President, Product Companies Division, in 2015. Group CEO Thomas Schulz thanks Bjarne Moltke Hansen for his achievements and dedicated service to FLSmidth: "I would like to thank Bjarne for his committed contribution to FLSmidth through his entire career and I wish him all the best in the future. Bjarne has played an important role in the many changes the FLSmidth Group has undergone during the last 30 years," says Thomas Schulz. Bjarne Moltke Hansen says goodbye with proudness of the results he together with various teams has achieved during the years: "It has been very exciting to be part of the FLSmidth Group for such a long period. FLSmidth is a fantastic company and I had an incredible journey for over 30 years. Today, we have a focused and global company, ready for new heights within Services, Products and Projects. When leaving FLSmidth, I will miss all the management teams and colleagues around the world. But the time is right for me to move on and I am ready to take on new challenges," says Bjarne Moltke Hansen. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,24,2017

Tunisian government starts bidding process for Carthage Cement
Tunisia: Al Karama Holding, a state-owned company, has initiated a bidding process to sell its stake in Carthage Cement. The company has started a consultation process with investment banks and consultation firms to help it sell its direct and indirect stakes in BINA Group, that includes Carthage Cement, according to the African Manager website. The deadline for bids is 16 June 2017. The government owns an estimated 41% share of the cement producer. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,21,2017

Libyan Cement Company to reopen Hawari cement plants
Libya: The Libyan Cement Company (LCC) plans to rebuild and reopen two cement plants in Benghazi and Hawari. Ahmed Ben Halim, the chairman of parent company Joint Libyan Cement Company (JLCC), said that the priority was getting the plants near Benghazi operational again, according to the Arab Times newspaper. The plants closed in mid-2014 and remained under militant control until mid-2016. Unfortunately, the plants were damaged in fighting in 2016. Following a survey LCC says that extensive rebuilding will be required and this may take up at least one year. Repair work will be covered by the company s Political Violence Insurance policy with Lloyds of London. LCC is 90% owned by the JLCC, a joint venture between Asamar Libya and the Economic and Social Development Fund. Asamer Libya was purchased in 2015 from Asamer by Libya Holdings Group, a company run by Ben Halim. LCC also operates a third cement plant at Derna that has remained operational throughout the conflict. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,20,2017

Raysut Cement confirms plans for joint venture with Oman Cement
Oman: Raysut Cement has confirmed its plans to build a new cement plant via a joint venture with Oman Cement. The cement producer announced its plans in its first quarter financial report for 2017. The new company will be called Alwasta Cement Company. As announced previously the new project will be dependent on a feasibility report. It also announced that its project with Barwaaqo Cement Company to build a terminal in Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia, is progressing and that work on a new packing plant in underway. /Source: global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,11,2017

KHD wins order to upgrade Nuh Çimento ball mill
Turkey: KHD has been awarded the contract to upgrade Nuh Çimento s existing ball mill grinding unit in Hereke-Kocaeli located in Marmara. With this upgrade, the plant will increase the grinding capacity from 212t/hr to 408t/hr at 4000cm3/g according to Blaine. This will be the largest upgrade project to date for KHD. Commissioning is scheduled for the start of 2018. NUH Cimento s plant contains one of the largest ball mills in the world with a diameter of 5.8m, a length of 17.84m and a 10.4MW drive unit. The mill has been used for around nine years at the site. For the upgrade, KHD will install two new identical Comflex grinding systems next to each other, which can be operated independently, in addition to the existing ball mill system. The new compact system will allow for a significant reduction in the installation height of the Complex system. The contract includes: two Comflex SC16-3250 clinker grinding units; two roller press RPM 16-170/180 with Rolcox system for control and monitoring; two VS 620 type cascade separators as static classifiers; two Sepmaster SKS-VC 3250 type efficiency separators as dynamic classifiers; two HKSK 190/265 system fans; and a two years spare parts package including one spare roller. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,11,2017

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