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Lafarge Africa to install new Loesche coal mill

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Lafarge Africa Plc, a subsidiary of global building materials giant, LafargeHolcim, has ordered a Loesche mill for a new coal grinding plant at its Ewekoro cement plant in Nigeria. The coal mill will support the plant’s switch from gas, which has proved an unreliable fuel source.

The new mill line will handle unloading and storage, comminution, metering, drying, and grinding of local lignite and petcoke. The plant will have a grinding capacity of 23 tph at 23% R90 µm of coal and 16 tph at 3% R90 µm of petcoke.

Loesche was chosen by the general contractor for the project, CMBI Construction Co., to supply the ATEX-certified mill. The engineering, core components of the mill and of the classifier with central feed, the rotary grate, and the 450 kW mill gearbox are all included in the scope of supply.

In addition to the new coal mill, Loesche has also supplied the raw material and cement mills at the Ewekoro plant. Ewekoro runs two of Lafarge Africa’s three production lines in Nigeria. In total, the company has installed capacity of 4.5 million tpy and is able to produce five types of cement.

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