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The Americas - 01 October 2009

Recycling alternative fuels in cement kilns

The recycling of alternative fuels has been utilised in many cement kilns around the world in recent years. Fuel costs have soared and where opportunities have existed, manufacturers have been able to improve their bottom line by implementing various systems to facilitate firing of these alternative fuels, and within environmental limits. Yet is it enough?


A technical ‘top 5’ of bulk solids handling mistakes

Bulk solids such as limestone, clay, gypsum, and slag tend to hang up in silos, plug in chutes, and spill or emit dust from conveyors. These problems cause many cement plants to operate inefficiently, often requiring costly labour to keep these raw materials flowing through equipment. Most of these solids handling problems are the result of one or more of the five common mistakes made in the cement industry.


Demand for gypsum predicted to improve

The outlook for gypsum demand appears to be showing signs of improvement as the housing market begins its recovery, but poor capacity utilisation continues to raise doubts over the pricing of the mineral.


Long running proposal gains new partner

The long running Thorndyke Resource proposal for a pit-to-pier mining project in Washington state has found a new partner in Canada’s Athabasca Minerals. The project is in its seventh year of county approvals and environmental reviews.


Pan Pacific Aggregates granted approval to reopen Pumptown Quarry

Pan Pacific Aggregates has announced that it has received approval from the City of Abbotsford Council to reopen its Pumptown Quarry in British Columbia. Operating conditions include the completion of an access by-pass road and a limitation of operating hours. The quarry is expected to begin operations in October 2009, following the completion of development work.