Hope Cement continues to upgrade plant

Hope Cement completed a number of major projects in 2016, according to the annual results of parent company, Breedon Group, as well as securing a significant supply of pulverised fly ash (PFA) and continuing to increase the use of waste-derived alternative fuels. In the second half of the year, the plant undertook two projects to increase the efficiency and productivity of its pyroprocessing line. New burners were installed on both kilns, increasing the throughput of fuel to boost the efficiency of the manufacturing process. The plant also installed new cyclones to speed up the rate at which raw material is fed through the preheater and into the kilns. The plant also secured a “significant contract” with major utility for the supply of PFA – a waste-product of the coal-fired power industry that is used as an alternative raw material in the cement-making mix. The use of PFA will effectively reduce the plant’s SO2 emissions, as well as allowing Hope to reduce its use of shale, thus extending the life of its shale quarry. The plant began preparations to received increased volumes of PFA in 2H16. The company also said it was continuing its drive to increase the use of alternative fuels as substitutes for traditional fossil fuels. Currently, the plant uses scrap tyre chips, refuse-derived material, and meat and bone meal as alternatives fuels. Hope Cement was purchased last year by Breedon Group, a leading independent supplier of construction materials to the UK market, for £251.9 million. The business reported earnings of £10.9 million last year on revenues of £121.3 million last year. Source:worldcement.com