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Loesche involved in new construction project

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Loesche is involved in the construction of a new, large cement plant in Egypt, and is supplying three vertical roller mills. The end customer is the Egyptian Cement for Cement Projects Management S.A.E. The planned new plant is located nearly 500 km south of Cairo in Sohag.

Loesche’s scope of delivery includes a raw material mill with a cement raw meal capacity of 540 tph, a cement mill with a clinker output of 350 tph, as well as a coal mill with an output of 45 tph.

The cement mill for the order is equipped with the COPE drive (COmpact Planetary Electric Drive). The COPE drive concept was developed by Loesche, together with RENK, especially for powerful vertical roller mills with over 6 MW of power. Either six or eight water-cooled cage rotor induction engines drive the grinding table of the mill through a planetary gear. The motor pinion can be engaged or disengaged.

The motors are also individually replaceable, which makes the COPE drive very easy to maintain. Moreover the mills can be further operated in case of a breakdown of one or several motors until the operation of a replacement is permissible. This results in a higher plant availability. This, combined with the energy efficiency of the mills, convinced the general contractor as well as the end customer, that the Loesche mills would produce cement of the highest quality.

The Chinese Chengdu Design & Research Institute (CDI) functions as the general contractor for the project and belongs to the renowned Sinoma Group, which is specialises in the planning and construction of cement plants. CDI has not only successfully worked with Loesche in Egypt, but also on many occasions worldwide, including for the cement producer El Arish, for lines 3 and 4, as well as the Beni Suef Cement Plant, where before the end of 2017, six new production lines for cement clinker will be formed, each with a capacity of 6000 tpd, for which Loesche will soon provide 18 new vertical roller mills.

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