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Hanson to repurpose Spanish VRM at Padeswood

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HeidelbergCement subsidiary in the UK, Hanson Cement, has released details of its proposed upgrade project at the Padeswood cement plant in Flintshire, north Wales. According to the plans, the company will install a new vertical roller mill for cement grinding, as well as investing in new rail loading facilities.

If approved by local government, construction could begin this year. The new mill would then be fully operational in early 2019.

Clinker production capacity at Padeswood is currently greater that the plant’s cement milling capacity. This has resulted in the need to transport some of the plant’s clinker production to other Hanson plants for grinding in order to meet market demand.

“To meet long-term demand, new grinding capacity is required,” the company said in planning documents.

The proposed solution would see an existing vertical roller mill, which is no longer required at its current location in Spain, dismantled, transported to Padeswood, and reassembled. The mill had been used for grinding granulated blastfurnace slag and was acquired by HeidelbergCement as a part of its acquisition of Italcementi last year.

In addition to the new mill, three new cement storage silos and associated material handling equipment will be installed. Storage facilities at the current mill 4 will also be repurposed for use with the new mill. As a result mill 4 will no longer be operational. The new silos will be used for loading cement into rail tankers with the aim of reducing vehicle movements by over 8000 trips per year.

Following the installation of the new mill, the current mills 1 and 2 will be mothballed. Mill 3 will remain in operation.

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