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Expansion and investments in India’s cement industry

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The Business Standard, India, has reported that UltraTech Cement, part of the Aditya Birla Group, plans to expand its production capacity from 53.9 million tpa to 63.45 million tpa by 2015. The newspaper cites information from the Chairman’s letter to UltraTech shareholders, which lays out the cement producer’s targets for growth. Recently commissioned projects increased the firm’s capacity by 2.15 million tpa to bring it to the current 53.9 million tpa, including a clinker plant in Chhattisgarh, a grinding facility in Maharashtra and capacity expansion at the Gujarat cement plant. UltraTech is also investing in an expansion project at the Aditya cement plant, which will see the plant’s capacity increase by 2.9 million tpa.

In other news, Madras Cements is reportedly establishing a limestone beneficiation plant at its 3 million tpa Alathiyur cement plant in Tamil Nadu. The Rs.30 crore limestone plant will have a capacity of 400 tpa. The system will remove contaminants from low-grade limestone and lower its silicon dioxide content. Once established, the system will also be implemented at the company’s other cement plants.

Meanwhile, DF Power Systems Private Ltd, a subsidiary of TD Power Systems Ltd, has been awarded a contract to set up a WHR system at a cement plant. The 27 MW waste heat recovery based captive power plant will be established at a cement plant in Chhattisgarh. According to Equity Bulls, the contract will be carried out on an EPC basis.

Edited from various sources by Louise Fordham.

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