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Cemex Latam forced to delay start-up of new plant

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Cemex Latam Holdings, a unit of Mexico-based cement major, Cemex, has been denied a permit to raise its licensed production at a cement plant that is under construction in Maceo in the province of Antioquia, Colombia.

The company had asked the Colombian environmental authorities for permission to operate a 0.95 million tpy capacity plant. That request was denied, forcing the company to keep to a production limit of 0.25 million tpy.

Despite the setback, Cemex Latam said that it would continue with construction of the US$340 million plant. Meanwhile, start-up of the plant would be postponed as the company worked to obtain a permit that would allow it to operate at full capacity.

“Cemex Latam will reconsider filing a new application for environmental license modification to expand production to the initially planned 0.95 million t,” the company said in a statement.

Cemex Latam announced construction of the plant in 2014, appointing FLSmidth as the engineering and equipment supplier. Equipment supply included an FRM mill for raw grinding, an ATOX coal mill, a five-stage ILC preheater with low-NOx calciner, a FLSmidth Cross-Bar cooler, and a two-pier kiln.

Pfister weighing and dosing systems, MAAG gear reducers, gas analysers and Airtech process filters were also included in the contract.

Cemex Latam operates in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatamala, and Brazil.

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