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Nigerian cement sales dropped amid currency change in first half of 2023
Nigeria: Cross-industry body Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) recorded a 30% year-on-year drop in all-Nigeria cement sales during the first half of 2023. MAN attributed the decline to the government’s replacement of the naira with a new central bank digital currency. The Punch newspaper has reported that this ‘wiped out’ some cash-based businesses, including cement retailers. Point of sale charges also increased costs along the supply chain. The association said that the impacts of the policy led manufacturers in some sectors to halt their operations. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep, 16,2023

Coal and road projects to boost cement production in Pakistan
Pakistan: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has cleared four development projects worth US$528m that are likely to lead to increased cement demand. This includes the Coal Rail Connectivity Project to connect significant coal reserves in the Thar Coal Mines with the existing rail network, including last mile connectivity to the Port of Qasim, according to the Nation newspaper. The project, part of the government’s Pakistan Vision 2025 policy, has been designed to provide reliable and efficient railway infrastructure to ‘break the geographical barriers’ of accessing domestic coal for industrial use, including cement production, which is currently reliant on more expensive imported fuels. Separately, funding has been approved for a road project to connect the N50 and N70 national highways, to serve as the main route to connect the Central Cities of Northern Balochistan to Southern Punjab. This is expected to raise cement demand in these areas. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep, 10,2023

Dangote Cement clarifies its cement prices in Nigeria
Nigeria: Dangote Cement has publicly confirmed the price of cement from its plants. It made the announcement in response to allegations that it has been selling its products at “significantly” lower prices in neighbouring countries including Benin, according to the Daily Trust newspaper. It also detailed how much transportation costs and the location of a delivery could affect the end price. Arvind Pathak, the Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement, added that the company’s ex-factory price could be different from the end retail price. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep, 5,2023

Senomaly assesses feasibility of restarting mothballed Mahrouga cement plant in Libya
Libya: Representatives of China-based Senomaly carried out feasibility assessments to investigate the possibility of restarting the Mahrouga cement plant near Sebha in late August 2023. The Libya Herald newspaper has reported that National Mining Corporation hosted the delegation at the mothballed plant. Chinese president Xi Jinping directly instructed Chinese businesses to return to Libya on 27 August 2023. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep, 2,2023

JK Cement’s sales rise in first quarter of 2024 financial year
India: JK Cement s sales were US$3.31bn during the first quarter of the 2024 financial year. This corresponds to year-on-year growth of 22%, from US$2.73m a year earlier. Nonetheless, its net profit dropped by 29%, to US$136m from US$193m. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug, 16,2023

Al-Diyar Company for Cement Industry and Industrial Investment to build 2.19Mt/yr cement plant in Samawa
Iraq: China-based Sinoma International Engineering has won a contract to build a 2.19Mt/yr cement plant in Samawa, Muthanna, for Al-Diyar Company for Cement Industry and Industrial Investment. Yicai Global News has reported that Sinoma International Engineering will carry out engineering, procurement and construction on the project. The value of the contract is US$220m. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug, 12,2023

Cemex and Synhelion achieve continuous solar-fired clinker production
Mexico/Switzerland: Cemex and industrial solar heat specialist Synhelion have achieved constant clinker production on an industrially viable scale using only solar heat. The partners say that this confirms the technology s potential for industrial-scale implementation. Cemex CEO Fernando A González said “I am convinced we are getting closer to the technologies that will enable net-zero CO2 cement and concrete production. The solid progress I see here proves that solar cement is not just a dream: it is achievable through continued collaboration, and backed up by rigorous research and testing.” /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug, 7,2023

New Dasherkandi sewage works to produce ash for cement plants
Bangladesh: The government inaugurated the Dasherkandi sewage works, the largest sewage treatment plant in South Asia, in Dhaka on 13 July 2023. United News of Bangladesh has reported that the plant will incinerate dried sewage sludge to produce 16,400t/yr of ash. The plant will supply this to the local cement industry for use as a raw material. The Dasherkandi sewage works is one of five planned new sewage plants expected to process 100% of Dhaka s sewage by 2030. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul, 16,2023

Ramco Cements acquires limestone reserves in Andhra Pradesh from Prism Johnson
India: Ramco Cements has concluded an agreement to acquire limestone reserves in Andhra Pradesh’s Nandyal District from Prism Johnson. The Hindu newspaper has reported that Prism Johnson will transfer a mining lease for 663 hectares of land to Ramco Cements. The parties expect to conclude the transaction by the end of July 2023. Prism Johnson had previously planned to build an integrated cement plant on the reserves, but said that this no longer suited its priorities. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul, 11 ,2023

Lafarge Emirates Cement hires Turboden for Fujairah cement plant waste heat recovery plant
UAE: Lafarge Emirates Cement, part of Holcim, has awarded a contract to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group subsidiary Turboden to supply and install a 10MW waste heat recovery (WHR) system at its Fujairah cement plant. The system relies on ENGIE Solutions organic Rankine cycle technology. The supplier says that the installation will reduce the 3.2Mt/yr cement plant s energy-related CO2 emissions by 29,000t/yr (28%). Turboden CEO Paolo Bertuzzi said "We are proud that Holcim Group, already our customer for three other WHR plants, has again chosen Turboden for this first project in the UAE. At COP 28, this year in the UAE, we will have the opportunity to present this energy-saving and CO2-reducing project to raise awareness in energy intensive industries." /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul, 08 ,2023

Derba MIDROC Cement announces plans for 2.74Mt/yr Mughar Valley cement plant
Ethiopia: Derba MIDROC Cement is reportedly ready to sign a contract with China National Building Material (CNBM), for the latter to commence construction of Derba MIDROC Cement s 2.74Mt/yr Mughar Valley cement plant in Oromia. The producer said that it expects to invest US$500m in the project, 30% higher than its previous estimate of US$385m. Addis Fortune has reported that Derba MIDROC Cement now believes there to be adequate energy infrastructure to support the plant, following China-based Sinohydro s construction of a new US$12m power line from nearby Chanco. When commissioned, the plant will double Derba MIDROC Cement s capacity and create 3000 new jobs in Oromia. The producer also hopes to ease the ongoing national cement shortage. The Ministry of Mines recorded domestic production of 7.6Mt in 2022, against demand of 36Mt. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun, 28 ,2023

Portland Cement Association seeking to define low carbon cement and concrete
US: The Portland Cement Association (PCA) hosted a one-day session in mid-June 2023 aimed at establishing guidelines for the definition of low carbon cement and concrete. The association called the session a Critical first step towards ensuring clarity for stakeholders. The PCA said "Low carbon is increasingly defined in the eye of the beholder, with little or no regard to either upstream and downstream impacts or short-term and long-term strength, durability and resilience concerns." /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun, 25 ,2023

Dalmia Bharat to reach 120Mt/yr installed capacity in 2031
India: Dalmia Bharat has announced a capacity target of 120Mt/yr by the end of 2031. The Business Standard newspaper has reported that the producer will make total investments of US$2.31bn in its on-going growth drive. The sum includes US$723m invested in the acquisition of Jaypee Group s 9.4Mt/yr cement business in December 2022. Dalmia Bharat s eventual investments in erecting new capacity are estimated at US$1.09bn, US$485m (44%) of it in its North Indian cement business. CEO Puneet Dalmia said “We are executing the largest capital expenditure in our history.” Regarding the Jaypee Group deal, Dalmia said "The acquisition will give us access to Central India s and North India s markets and we would look for more acquisition opportunities in the mid segment. We expect the industry to consolidate further in the coming years. India will invest US$1Tn in infrastructure in the next decade, and that will create a sizeable demand growth for cement.” /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun, 13 ,2023

Bekabadcement to expand Bekabad cement plant
Uzbekistan: Bekabadcement is carrying out a large-scale upgrade to its 0.7Mt/yr Bekabadcement plant in Tashkent Region. The producer said that the upgrade involves a 20% capacity expansion of the plant s production line to 2500t/day. Austria-based Unitherm CemCon supplied burners for the upgraded line, while China-based Beijing Triumph International Engineering supplied heat exchanger components and a KC 4.1-0955 cooler. The upgrade also involves the installation of new kiln lining, and will transition the plant s cement production from wet to dry process. Germany-based Christian Pfeiffer previously upgraded the Bekabad cement plant s grinding unit in April 2023. General director Vasily Korobkin "We see that (parent company) United Cement Group (UCG) is interested in the modernisation and development of the enterprise. The group adheres to international standards, so all plans for the development of the plant are built accordingly." He concluded "We expect to become a modern and successful enterprise in Uzbekistan which is capable of becoming a major player in the cement industry of Central Asia.” /Global Cement
- Jun, 11 ,2023

JK Cement board approves acquisition of Toshali Cements
India: JK Cement has secured in-principle approval from its board of directors to enter into a share purchase agreement for 100% of shares in Toshali Cements. The Economic Times has reported the value of the agreement as US$19m. Toshali Cements operates the 200,000t/yr Ampavalli cement plant in Odisha and the 435,000t/yr Choudwar grinding plant, also in Odisha. JK Cement said that its acquisition of Toshali Cements will help the group to expand into Eastern India. \Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun, 07 ,2023

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