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October 2013

The October issue features a Regional Report on India and South Asia, in which Thatta Cement and Lucky Cement, Pakistan, discuss recent plant projects. The National Council for Cement and Building Materials, India, looks at environmental regulations in the country, in addition to presenting the results of a recent study into the perceptions of cement buyers. Paul Maxwell-Cook asks if it’s a new era for the Indian subcontinent as he provides an overview of current developments in the region. Don’t miss World Cement’s plant tour of Holcim’s Untervaz cement plant in Switzerland, featured in this month’s issue. The rest of the October issue is dedicated to environmental topics, such as filters, energy efficiency and dust suppression.

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Keynote: Environmental Regulations in the Indian Cement Industry
N. K. Tiwary, A. K. Mishra, M. Selvarajan, Anand Bohra and K. R. P. Nath, National Council for Cement and Building Materials, India, provide a comprehensive introduction to India’s regulatory environment.

Holcim’s Untervaz Plant
Katherine Guenioui toured the Untervaz plant with Plant Manager Markus Hepberger to learn more about the plant’s approach to energy efficiency, including its new waste heat recovery project.

Investment in Sri Lanka
S. M. Imran, Project Director, Thatta Cement, Pakistan, outlines the company’s venture in Sri Lanka and the upgrade work carried out at its plant in Pakistan.

A New Era for the Indian Subcontinent?
Paul Maxwell-Cook summarises some of the latest developments in this volatile part of the world.

Alternative Efficiency Solutions
Agha Alijan and Atif Saeed, Lucky Cement Limited, Pakistan, highlight the company’s efforts towards increasing fuel and energy efficiency.

Cement Plant Project Execution Models
Two different models of project execution – EPC and package mode – and their influence on the final outcome of the project are analysed by S. Vidhya Sagar, L&T Construction, India.

An Indian Approach to Alternative Fuels – Part 1
S. P. Pandey and R. A. Somani, Research & Technical Services, Dalmia Bharat Ltd, India, share an approach paper describing knowledge and competency development for utilisation of waste-derived fuels in cement pyroprocessing.

Managing the Expectations of Cement Users
S.K. Breja, V.K. Kandhari, A. Agnihotri, G.C. Mishra and A. Pahuja, National Council for Cement and Building Materials, India, present the findings of a field study that was conducted to ascertain the perceptions of cement buyers in order for producers to better understand their customers.

Reaping the Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Bhaskar Dusi, Corporate Energy Manager, and Kevin Kelley, VP – Process Technology & Sustainability, Cemex, USA, provide insights into integrating utility sponsored incentives into an energy management programme.

Buildups and Spillage Issues in Calciners
J. Bretz, Cinar Brasil, and T. Abbas and N. H. Kandamby, Cinar UK, demonstrate how advanced mathematical modelling can be applied to reduce kiln instabilities and energy losses caused by buildups and meal spillage.

Air Pollution Control in the Bag
Lars Gamborg, Global Fabric Filter Technology & Engineering Manager, FLSmidth A/S – Air Pollution Control, presents a case study of ESP to fabric filter conversion and replacement projects at Nuh Cement.

Evaluating Cleaning with CFD
Juergen Lauer and Thomas Carius, BWF Envirotec, Germany, highlight how monitoring filter bag cleaning can help to optimise efficiency and reduce emissions.

Meeting Standards, Reducing Risks
Nicolas Parmentier, RAM Environnement, France, presents a case study on coal dust suppression at the Beaucaire cement plant.

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