• CILAS Biskra cement plant starts production

    Algeria: The CILAS Bikra cement plant started production in mid-July 2016, 11 days before the scheduled start of operations. The 2.7Mt/yr plant is a joint venture between Lafarge Algeria and Souakri Group. The project had an investment of Euro270m and it took 21 months to build,

  • Sinoma-Tec mill in use

    The first high-moisture material vertical mill researched and developed by Sinoma-Tec has recently been applied in the Turkey Limat Cement Project. The designed raw material water content was 14%. The raw material mill TRMR38.4 focuses on feeding plugging material, mill lock air,

  • Dangote Cement to start mining coal towards end of 2016

    Nigeria: Dangote Cement intends to start mining its own coal at Ankpa, Kogi State in order to cope with gas shortages in the country. The coal will be of a high enough quality to be used without blending. Most of the cement producer’s production lines in Nigeria will have operat

  • NEB approves Vaughan Mainline expansion project under conditions

    A Letter Decision [Filing A78823] issued by the National Energy Board (NEB) recently has approved TransCanada PipeLines Limited’s (TransCanada) application to construct and operate approximately 11.7 km of new natural gas pipeline Vaughan, Ontario. The approval is subject to 19

  • Executive Committee changes for LafargeHolcim

    LafargeHolcim has announced changes to its Executive Committee in reflection of the evolution of the portfolio following recent divestments and a transition to the next phase for the Company as it closes its integration phase. Pascal Casanova, currently responsible for the L

  • LafargeHolcim earnings dragged down by Nigeria in first half of 2016

    Switzerland: LafargeHolcim has blamed lower prices and gas shortages in Nigeria for a drop in its adjusted operating earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the first half of 2016. Its adjusted operating EBITDA fell by 6.7% year-on-year to Eu

  • Siam City Cement buys LafargeHolcim Vietnam

    Vietnam: Siam City Cement has signed an agreement to buy LafargeHolcim’s entire 65% stake in LafargeHolcim Vietnam for US$890m. LafargeHolcim Vietnam operates one integrated cement plant and four cement grinding plants with a grinding capacity of 6.3Mt/yr. The company is also a

  • Vicat cement sales hit by falling prices in first half of 2016

    France: Vicat’s sales revenue from cement has fallen by 1.5% year-on-year to Euro761 in the first half of 2016 from Euro773m in the same period in 2015. The group has blamed the decline on a fall in selling prices in most of its market regions except for the US. It was also hit