Derba Midroc Cement Factory, the 351 million dollar factory, located 70 km outside the capital in Sululta Town of North Shoa Zone, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia would start operation with an initial daily production of 1,800 tonnes of cement by the end of this month. The production would steadily progress to its full capacity of 60,000 tonne per day. "One of the major problems we have been facing is in obtaining electricity. We requested the electricity supply four years ago, but we have been met with only delays by the EEPCo," said Haile Assegdie, CEO of Derba Midroc Cement Factory. To speed up delivery of this, Derba Midroc had constructed a substation at the factory and installed a 132 KV transmission connecting it to the factory, for which the EEPCo was consulted at a cost of 12.8 million Br. The factory also needs a 150 tonnes-capacity crane to put the tops on the burners of the factory. "It depends on the commissioning of the power station and the transmission lines. Once that has been completed, we will see how much energy we can give them to run the factory," said Assegdie. Derba Midroc has contracted China National Building Materials (CNBM) for the engineering, procurement, and commissioning (EPC) of the project for 200 million dollars. CNBM will also be in charge of operating the factory and training the employees for one year after production starts. The factory has also signed an agreement with Volvo for the purchase of 1,000 trucks for the transportation of its cement.
Sustainable solutions by Ambuja Cement, ACC
Ambuja Cement and ACC the cement and building material companies of the diversified Adani Group announced solutions to an array of customer concerns while keeping environment sustainability at its core. Examples of this are the concrete mix proportioning solution; designed to optimise the proportions of aggregates, sand and water in concrete mixes considering their unique properties. This helps the company optimise the resources thereby minimising wastage. The company also developed an in-house modular curing solution, also known as zero-water curing. This technique helps concrete slab curing without excessive use of water. This has helped save about 39 million litres of water across multiple sites.
Fornnax adds 430HP secondary shredder to it’s R-series line-up
Fornnax technologies showcased the R4000-HD tyre shredder at the IFAT expo 2023, where the company got a platform to interact with industry professionals from domestic as well as overseas markets and demonstrate the technological prowess of their machine. The R4000-HD is a powerful machine designed to make secondary shredding and steel separation more efficient and profitable.
The machine saves electricity and man-power and due to its design features it is built to make maintenance procedures easier and also lower the wear and tear to the equipment, thus lowering operating cost. It can process various materials from types, cables, e-waste and aluminium scrap. It is built to last 20-25years. With all its features and sturdy built, it is one of the most powerful secondary shredding machines in the industry.
Udaipur Cement Works Limited doubles its clinker capacity
A subsidiary of the well known JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd., Udaipur Cement Works Ltd. (UCWL) recently announced the expansion of its clinker facility taking its current capacity from 1.5MTPA to 3 MTPA at Udaipur. The company, by the end of financial year 2023-24, plans to exceed twice the current capacity from 2.2 MTPA to 4.7 MTPA. The capacity expansion has been funded through a mix of equity and debt; the company recently successfully completed its rights issue of INR 450 crores.
They have two brands under their portfolio ‘Platinum Heavy Duty Cement’ and ‘Platinum Supremo Cement’.
Also known for their commitment to renewable energy and environment sustainability, they have the first and only of it’s kind floating solar power plant of 1MWp at it’s mines, fulfilling 50% of their electricity needs.