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CBMI Construction wins Building of the Year 2014

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World Cement,

On 10 December, CBMI Construction Co., Ltd received the Building of the Year 2014 award for the construction of the 4000 tpd Devnya cement plant, owned by the Italcementi Group. Launched in 2002, the Building of the Year, organised by THE CITY Media Group, is one of the most prestigious events in the field of investments, construction and architecture, and distinguishes the best achievements over the course of the year.

In March 2012, CBMI signed an EPC contract with Italcementi for the new line at Devnya, representing one of the largest single industrial investments in Bulgaria in the past 25 years. The total value of the project amounted to around BGN325.6 million. CBMI’s Bulgarian branch performed all of the construction works for the project, including civil construction, steel structure manufacture and erection, mechanical and electrical installation, and commissioning. This comprised 6800 t of mechanical equipment, 8000 t of steel structure, 280 t of pipelines, 600 km of cable, 25 000 m2 of thermal insulation works, 24 000 m2 of cladding works, 170 000 m3 of excavation works, 54 000 m3 of concrete works and 16 000 m2 of plastering works.

The construction works commenced on 2 April 2014, and on 12 October 2014 the new production line was started up. During this period, over 4000 local people and 180 Chinese people were employed on the construction site, and 138 local companies were involved as subcontractors over the different stages of construction (under the management of CBMI Bulgaria).

The benefits of the project are numerous. Besides the positive effects on the local and national economy and environment, it brings the best available technologies for cement production to the country, with the most modern and up-to-date processes, and safety and environmental control systems. Furthermore, the project:

  • Is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
  • Will result in improved overall energy efficiency and considerable reduction of fossil fuel and water consumption.
  • Will lead to a significant reduction of CO2, SO2 and other gas emissions and dust.
  • Will result in practically zero waste generation.
  • Shall contribute to sustainable development, as the new installations will be able to utilise alternative fuels, including RDF (refuse derived fuel) and biomass fuel.

Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling

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