Oct 12, 2012
Construction materials group gears up for growthBack
Construction|Engineering|Johannesburg|Port|Port Elizabeth|Africa|AfriSam|Aggregate|Botswana|Building|Cement|CoAL|Coal-fired Power Station|Concrete|Design|Environment|Export|Industrial|Innovation|Installation|PROJECT|Project Management|Projects|Readymix|Sustainable|Tanga Cement Company|Tourism|Africa|Burundi|Democratic Republic Of Congo|Lesotho|Rwanda|South Africa|Swaziland|Tanzania|Dudfield Plant|Port Of Saldanha Bay|Cement Clinker|Cement Grinding Station|Cement Plant|Cement Supply|Cement Users|Construction Materials|Energy|Greenfield Cement Plant|Logistics|Manufacturing|Product|Products|Service|Solutions|Steel|T/y Clinker Manufacturing Plant|Eastern Cape|Saldanha Bay|Western Cape|Environmental|Infrastructure|Power|Stephan Olivier|Operations|Eastern Cape|East Coast|Northern Tanzania
© Reuse this
The internal capacity developments include submitting environmental-impact assess- ments (EIAs) for both the construction of a cementitious mineral grinding plant in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, and constructing a greenfield cement plant in the Saldanha Bay IDZ, in the Western Cape.
AfriSam has also conducted an EIA for the installation of a new kiln at its Dudfield plant, in the North West province, with its commissioning date based on future demand and market conditions.
Meanwhile, the group reveals that it plans on buying an additional six readymix concrete plants and acquiring a new aggregate production plant.
Olivier says the lease agreement must also still be finalised.
The cement plant will consist of a grinding and packing facility, which will later be followed by the construction of a 600 000 t/y clinker manufacturing plant.
The limestone quarry, located parallel to the coast, between Saldanha and the Trekkossenkraal 104 farm, will be expanded once the cement plant begins production, owing to the greater demand for limestone in the production of cement.
With this plant, AfriSam aims to service the local and export market and supply its remaining plants if needed.
“The EIA process is well under way and we intend to submit our report by the end of 2012.
The project is expected to improve the available product choices for cement users in the Western Cape, provide a reliable cement supply to the Western Cape market, enhance the country’s balance of payments by exporting cement from the nearby Port of Saldanha Bay, strengthen the local tax base and support local industries and the community.
Dudfield Kiln 4
Olivier says the general design, as well as the preparation of the ground have started; however, the commissioning of Kiln 4 will be determined around future demand and market conditions.
The new kiln, which will be constructed on the previously mothballed Kiln 1 area, is aimed at increasing the company’s production capacity. Kiln 4 will produce 6 000 t/d of clinker, which is equivalent to about 1.8-million tons a year, he adds.
Tanga Kiln Expansion
AfriSam is involved in the $165-million construction of a second 600 000 t/y clinker producing kiln at the Tanga Cement Company’s cement plant, in northern Tanzania; with plans to also increase its presence in the rest of Africa.
The kiln will enable the company to produce enough clinker to meet its own needs and eliminate clinker imports from the East, reducing the exposure to fluctuations in terms of pricing, quality and availability of the clinker.
By producing clinker in Tanzania, AfriSam will avoid the cost of importation from the East, which will result in substantial cost savings for the company.
The construction of the second kiln will start shortly, with commissioning scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.
AfriSam will provide technical support and project management support throughout the project, says Olivier.
Feasibility studies are currently under way for this purpose and have identified potential countries on the east coast of Africa.
Olivier says a final decision has, however, not yet been made to pursue these prospects owing to challenges such as Africa’s small markets, lack of infrastructure and logistics.
AfriSam will, therefore, base the con- struction of possible plants on the benefits that the potential countries offer.
Olivier says the company is confident that it can continue to supply the future need for building materials in the African countries it already operates in.
Re-engineered Product Portfolio
AfriSam has upgraded the strength rating of its All Purpose cement from 32.5N to 32.5R, its Eco Building cement from 32.5N to 42.5N, its High Strength cement from 42.5N to 42.5R and its Rapid Hard cement from 52.5N to 52.5R.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
The company has also invested in upgrading its production facilities in which these products are produced, which has reduced the clinker content of its cements to an average of just over 60%, which is below the world average, says Olivier.
This has also resulted in a 65% clinker content reduction for its environment- friendly Eco Building cement.
Alternative to Clinker
By using less clinker in its cement, which is produced using an energy-intensive process, as a significant amount of heat is required to process the clinker, AfriSam can reduce its overall carbon footprint.
“We cannot afford to keep producing cements using conventional technologies that generate large quantities of CO2 emissions while we have the option of using more technologically advanced composite cements that offer additional advantages compared with conventional cements,” says Olivier.
AfriSam is known for its production of these advanced composite cements, which use by-products from the steel manufacturing and coal-fired power station industries together with chemical activators to improve the characteristics and performance of traditional portland cement.
The use of by-products, such as silica fume, pulverised fly ash and ground granulated blast-furnace slag produces cements which generate concrete with improved heat of hydration, strength, durability and resistance to chemical attack, as well as reduced porosity.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online
Other Construction News
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...