Ambuja Cements has won the National Award for Energy Excellence in Indian Cement Industry, under the Grinding Category for the measures adopted in improving energy efficiency at the Roorkee plant. The award instituted by the National Council for Cement and Building Materials was given during the 17th NCB National Conference on 9th December 2022 in New Delhi from Shri Som Prakash, Hon›ble Minister of State, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The Company also presented a paper titled ‘Correlation of Chemistry and Process Parameters on Formation of Alite in Portland Clinker’ at the conference, which was adjudged as the best paper in the category ‘Productivity Enhancement and Process Optimisation’.
In other news, Ambuja Cement Foundation, the CSR arm of Ambuja Cements, the cement and building material company of Adani Cement, part of Adani Group has won FICCI CSR Award for the company in the women empowerment category. The award has been presented at the CSR Summit in the attendance of all highly esteemed representatives from the industry.
Representatives of ACF received this prominent award from the Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Arjun Munda. Through the women empowerment program, a total of 2970 SHGs (Self-help groups) and eight women federations were facilitated, 31,000 female youth were trained.
Ambuja Cement Foundation empowered these women to be changemakers, breadwinners, and community leaders. They were encouraged to earn and gain capital reserves by participating in Self Help Groups, which has led them to contribute to credit savings ultimately aiding them to start their businesses independently as well in bigger groups. From the time the programme launched, approximately 9000 women have engaged in revenue generation activities.
Adani Group eyes Jaiprakash Associates’ Shahabad cement plant
Adani group has reportedly expressed interest in acquiring a cement plant from Jaiprakash Associates, located in Karnataka with a capacity of 1.2Mt per year. The plant is reportedly in the middle of an as yet incomplete deal between Jaiprakash Associates’ and Dalmia Bharath for a value of US$671mn for a transfer of the former’s cement and power plants.
It has also been reported that Adani Group is in talks with several companies over possible acquisitions as a means to double its cement producing capacity to 140mt per year by the end of 2028.
Dalmia Bharat records a hike in cement sales
Dalmia Bharat recorded a rise of 9.6 per cent in its sales y-o-yfrom 12Mt in the first half of financial year 2023 to 13.2Mt in the first half of financial year 2024. This rise has led to an increase in earnings from US$116m to US$144m during the same period. The company started commercial production from their new 5,00,000t/yr capacity clinker plant in Ariyalur and 2mt/yr Sattur grinding plant, both located in Tamil Nadu, raising the company’s clinker capacity to 22.2Mt/yr. This increase in capacity was attributed largely to the company’s foresight in estimating high growth in construction material demand in the country due to a boom in infrastructure development. The company has also managed to reduce their carbon footprint to 456kg/t of cement, lowest recording globally in the cement industry.
Total cost of decarbonising Indian cement and steel industry estimated at USD 627 bn
The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), funded by power provider BP recently reported that it will require a Capital expenditure investment of USD627Bn to decarbonise the Indian cement and steel sector, to reach net zero CO2 emissions. According to the report, the Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) and other similar efficiency enhancing upgrades to cement plants can help reduce the industry’s emissions down by 32 per cent immediately.