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Rooppur nuclear power plant, Bangladesh

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Concrete works have been completed for the turbine hall foundation slab of Rooppur 1. 

Arch Coal starts work on new $390m West Virginia coking coal mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2019 The second largest coal miner in the US, Arch Coal, on Thursday announced that it had started work on a new three-million-ton-a-year coking coal mine that will operate on the same 200-million-ton reserve base as its Leer operation, in West Virginia. The NYSE-listed company would invest between... 

Proven Knife Gate Valves To Withstand Harsh Slurries

11th February 2019 The Krebs® Technequip™ TGW series of wafer-style knife gate slurry valves was designed specifically for the harsh and abrasive slurries encountered in the mineral processing and power industries, dealing with minerals ranging from cement, sand and gravel to coal, phosphate, ash and alumina.... 

Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana’s coal reserves

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 State-owned Transnet and Botswana Railways have resuscitated discussions on the construction of a proposed heavy-haul railway line that will link the two countries to “unlock” Botswana’s estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves, Transnet announced on Thursday. Discussions around this project... 

Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables 

7th February 2019 Professionals in the construction industry interrogated and tested the latest building tools and consumables at local construction equipment distributor Upat’s open day, in January. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Pratliperl® aggregate for ‘green’ plaster screed and concrete

6th February 2019 An ultra-lightweight, thermally-insulating and fireproof aggregate for plaster screed and concrete, Pratliperl® from Pratley can assist the construction industry in meeting quality standards such as SANS 204. This is particularly important due to an increased focus on energy-efficiency in... 

The 3D Design Trends to Dominate in 2019

6th February 2019 3D modelling is one of the fastest growing design trends – set to exponentially increase over the next few years. The multitude uses for 3D designs and models seem to increase every year, and it is becoming essential for those across various sectors to know how to access the most creative designs... 

Subdued construction activity, higher imports cut PPC's sales volumes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 JSE-listed cement producer PPC has reported difficult trading conditions for the nine months to December 31, 2018, with cement volumes down between 2% and 3%, against a backdrop of estimated market contraction of between 4% and 5%. The company said an uncharacteristically weak December retail... 

LafargeHolcim completes sale of $1.75bn Indonesian unit

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 LafargeHolcim has completed the sale of its Indonesia business in a deal which valued the unit at $1.75-billion, the cement maker said on Friday. Proceeds from the sale to Semen Indonesia will be used to pay down LafargeHolcim's debts, the company said. LafargeHolcim held 80.6% in the business,... 

Exxaro upbeat about its coal operations 

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Empowered coal mining giant Exxaro Resources is confident about its prospects in the coal sector, despite tough conditions and rising cost pressures in South Africa. Exxaro executive head of coal Nombasa Tsengwa on Thursday said the company produced 47-million tons of coal and was geared to grow... 

Invest in clean technology to counter the siege on the coal industry, Mantashe implores 

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2019 The coal industry needs to counter the negative attitude towards the industry by investing in clean coal technology and funding research initiatives to find alternative markets for coal, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. He told delegates at the opening of the fourteenth annual... 

Epiroc anchors down on safety and productivity with new Cabletec SL

31st January 2019 Epiroc understands that safety and productivity are fundamental to a mine’s sustainable future and this was the inspiration behind the design and development of the latest ground-breaking fully mechanised Cabletec SL. Mines are increasingly recognising the invaluable role of automation and... 

Zambian cement producer stocks up on critical spares from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd.

30th January 2019 A major cement producer in Zambia has not only standardised on products from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd., but has also invested significantly in a comprehensive stockholding of critical spare units to prevent any costly downtime and subsequent loss of productivity. The multimillion-rand order... 

Wind farms improve on foundation mix design to reduce carbon footprint

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2019 The 140 MW Kangnas wind farm, in the Northern Cape, and the 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm, in the Western Cape, have announced the completion of a 28-day strength test of their first foundations, with a significant improvement in the mix design and savings in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.... 

Boost for international miners as India's thermal coal imports jump

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 India's 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, according to two industry sources, despite moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to cut imports in a bid to reduce its trade deficit. Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, one of the... 

Hearings into alleged cement industry cartel continues, judgment expected by June

By: Simone Liedtke     25th January 2019 The Competition Tribunal turned its focus back to the case of alleged cartel conduct in the cement industry on Thursday, with a judgment in the case against KwaZulu-Natal-based Natal Portland Cement (NPC) Cimpor expected to be announced by June. The Competition Commission in 2008 launched an... 

Red flags raised over Coal Ministry's plans to liberalise capital coal mining

By: Ajoy K Das     24th January 2019 Several government departments have raised red flags over the Coal Ministry’s proposal to liberalise captive coal mining in the country. The departments contend, in internal discussions, that the regulatory framework is not in place to support the Coal Ministry’s plans to permit captive coal... 

Tribunal to resume hearings into cement industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 The Competition Tribunal will hear evidence in the cement industry cartel case, when the matter resumes in Pretoria, on Thursday. The case stems from a Competition Commission investigation, which probed alleged collusive conduct in the cement industry against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC),... 

Concor Boosts Safety And Targeted Enterprises In Eastern Cape Road Project

18th January 2019 Safety of both pedestrians and motorists has been boosted by Concor Infrastructure’s rehabilitation of the R75 double-carriageway between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, while the project has had considerable positive spinoff for local small targeted enterprises. The project, which began in May... 

The Vanguard Collection’s Growth Continues

17th January 2019 The Vanguard Collection, a leading brand of exclusive flooring products, has announced expansive additions and refinements to its ranges to further enhance the Collection’s offering to designers and home-owners. The new additions to The Vanguard Collection are: 

Weir Mineral’s Cavex® Hyrdocyclone Shines In Diamonds

15th January 2019 The successful performance of Weir Minerals’ Cavex® hydrocyclones at a diamond mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has proved the technology’s applicability in dense medium separation (DMS) plants treating diamondiferous material. In her presentation to the Southern African Institute of... 

Growing readymix markets with Chryso technology

15th January 2019 Leveraging its admixture technologies and its growing range of value-added products, CHRYSO Southern Africa is helping its readymix customers expand their markets despite the flat conditions in the construction sector. According to Deon Klopper, sales manager readymix segment at CHRYSO Southern... 

Opec+ plans review in Baku in March, Ministers' Meeting in April

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Opec and its allies plan to hold a meeting in March to assess their oil-production accord in Azerbaijan, and then ministers will gather to set policy in April, according to the organization’s top official. The body that reviews the implementation of Opec’s supply cuts, the Joint Ministerial... 

Air-purifying concrete can reduce atmospheric pollution

10th January 2019 The use of air-purifying concrete in both pavements and surrounding structures can play a major role in the reduction of atmospheric pollution in urban areas, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute. Perrie says air pollution is a steadily increasing problem in densely populated area and... 

Training Course To Lift Professionals Above The Pack

10th January 2019 Construction industry professionals need only devote five days of their time for intensive training in concrete technology to boost their own career opportunities and ensure that the structures they design have the sustainability the South African economy vitally requires. This is the view of... 

Big investor Nassef Sawiris cuts LafargeHolcim stake

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 One of LafargeHolcim's biggest shareholders, Nassef Sawiris, has reduced his stake in the world's biggest cement maker, the company said on Wednesday, confirming a report by Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung. The Egyptian tycoon sold nearly 1.6-million shares in the Swiss company in December, when... 

FLIR Thermal Cameras Offer Value in Under-Pressure SA Construction Sector

7th January 2019 While the South African economy may be expanding at a snail’s pace, things are starting to look more promising in the local construction industry. A recent media headline, for example, indicated that the tide may be turning for SA construction sector. “The building industry is an exceptionally... 

India’s Coal Ministry extends timelines for ongoing coal block auction

By: Ajoy K Das     20th December 2018 India’s Coal Ministry has extended the timelines for various stages of auctioning 18 coal blocks that got underway on Wednesday and has also relaxed some terms and conditions for successful bidders. The auction of the coal blocks for users in steel, cement and captive power generation sectors... 

Industry should use slowdown to train staff

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The construction industry should use recessions to train staff to gain a competitive edge when work volumes increase, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology senior lecturer John Roxburgh. “It is crucial to have competent people... 

AfriSam Celebrates The Beauty Of Concrete Through Its Inaugural Concreativity Award

2nd November 2018 AfriSam announced the winners of its inaugural ConCreativity challenge at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Zeitz MOCAA, the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world, on 26 October 2018. Celebrating the various forms and potential of concrete, ConCreativity invited South... 

Specialist contractor establishes the benchmark in specialised lining applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 BKV Holdings devised a novel means of installing a Polyurea waterproofing over a Perlite cement fire-rated screed to wall system at a newly-built power station, and this approach has since become the standard on other similar projects. Perlite cement screeds are more porous than conventional... 

Merkel looks to Africa to cement a legacy shaped by migration 

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted African leaders on Tuesday, pledging a new development fund to tackle underdevelopment on the continent that has helped to spur mass migration, shaping the later years of her long premiership. Merkel announced on Monday she would retire from politics by... 

A.B.E. And Chryso Products Bring New Life To Wedding Venue Floors

29th October 2018 Products from the Chryso South Africa Group and its subsidiary, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, were used for the refurbishment of the flooring at one of the Western Cape’s most popular wedding and functions venues, Murasie, in the Overberg. Johnie Emmerich, Technical Sales Consultant: Flooring... 

LafargeHolcim cuts full-year earnings forecast as costs bite

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 LafargeHolcim increased its sales outlook for 2018 but reduced its profit expectations as the world's largest cement maker reported better-than-expected earnings during its third quarter. The Swiss company said on Friday it now expected annual sales to grow in the 4% to 6% range, up from its... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy-saving initiative

26th October 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) last month pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Kenya's ARM Cement's administrator proposes to keep company running

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 The administrator of Kenya's debt-laden ARM Cement will ask its creditors for support keeping the company afloat by selling some of its assets to cut debt, as well as a plan to engage with financiers for working capital. George Weru, a co-administrator for the cement firm, told Reuters the... 

Sanral, Wirtgen SA sign MoU to collaborate on construction development goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2018 Road construction equipment supplier Wirtgen Group South Africa (Wirtgen SA) and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which Wirtgen SA MD Heinrich Schulenburg said would cement the relationship between the entities and give... 

Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? A group of researchers at Britain's Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can... 

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