Just the stuff for booming economies

Cement is the most widely used material in the world. It may not always stick together what actually belongs together – one need only think of all the architectural curiosities around the globe. Nevertheless, it forms the foundation for every economic growth. This also applies to the booming countries Peru and Saudi Arabia.

The desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the mountainous republic of Peru have, on the face of it, little in common. But the parallels are remarkable when you scratch the surface: Both countries boast populations of around 30 million, low inflation rates and little unemployment. What’s more, the continued economic growth is strong, hovering between five and eight percent. New plants, buildings, and streets are emerging at a staggering rate. And this can only be sustained with more and more cement.

© ThyssenKrupp / C3 Visual Lab

Peru and Saudi Arabia – two countries with emerging markets  © thyssenkrupp / C3 Visual Lab

To keep pace with this growing demand, thyssenkrupp is building giant plants in both countries: one in Piura in northern Peru, and another in Jabal Farasan, Saudi Arabia. They will be the most modern cement works in their respective regions.

Jabal Farasan lies in a mountain massif around 180 kilometers north of Mecca where there is little more than rock, sand, and searing heat. This is where a huge new cement works is to be built within only 22 months. By late 2016, up to 5,300 metric tons of cement clinker will be produced daily. Why the tight deadline? The country is undergoing a massive boom in construction. The government is fostering domestic production and has even banned the export of cement.

Some 14,000 kilometers to the southeast, another modern cement plant is being built – near the Peruvian provincial capital Piura, halfway between the Pacific Ocean and the ore-rich Andes. Shortly, 3,000 metric tons of clinker will be produced here every day. But countries with emerging markets are no longer only focusing on economic factors. It is also about protecting the environment. Therefore, the new plant will include a processing loop that minimizes alkaline, sulfur, and chlorine residues. Furthermore, using the latest technologies will cut nitrous oxide emissions from cement production by half.

Mischbett einer Zementanlage

Circular blending bed: To ensure a constantly high quality of the final product, the raw material  (mainly limestone, clay and iron ore) has to be pre-mixed to the needed compound and homogenized for the cement clinker production. Therefore, in the blending bed the material is distributed layer by layer in a certain proportion and later removed again in slices.  ©thyssenkrupp



Olinga Vincent
  • written by Olinga Vincent
  • 25. September 2018

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