LafargeHolcim has received an American Petroleum Institute (API) certification for the manufacture of well cement at its Holcim Theodore plant in Alabama. This certification makes it one of four cement plants in the US to hold an API 10A MonogramTM and Q1® Quality Management System.
Recognised worldwide, the API Monogram is a license that denotes consistent cement manufacturing and testing processes that conform to API standards. Plants with the license must use a quality management system that meets API Q1 standards, with the plant’s products meeting the specifications of API Spec 10A. At the company’s Theodore plant, the production of Class A well cement will commence immediately and the company plans to add Class H production in the future.
The company spent more than a year in a rigorous process of investing in additional testing equipment, developing a quality management system, conducting internal audits, and passing an audit by the API in order to earn the qualification. The company has noted that well cement is carefully designed to meet demanding requirements, meaning it must be continuously tested for chemistry, thickening time, fluid loss, free fluid, rheology, and compressive strength.
The company has stated that production at its Theodore plant will complement its ability to maintain a consistent supply of well cement to customers in the Gulf region and beyond. API class A and H cements are also produced at the company’s Joppa cement plant in Illinois.
“This API certification demonstrates that we at LafargeHolcim hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of product consistency and performance,” said Jamie Gentoso, CEO of US Cement Operations at LafargeHolcim. “Our energy customers have complex needs and must contend with extreme conditions of temperature and pressure. We are deeply committed to meeting those standards by committing to the API’s ongoing, rigorous quality management system and producing the best well cements on the market.”
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