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Coronavirus medical waste burned in cement kiln

WUHAN, Feb. 25  — Medical waste from hospitals that are fighting the novel coronavirus epidemic in central China’s Hubei Province has been burned in cement kilns as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the disease.

At about 7 p.m. Monday, a total of 248 buckets of such medical waste, weighing over four tonnes, were transported to a cement company in Yangxin County for hazard-free disposal.

The medical waste, collected from COVID-19 designated hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, was disinfected before entering the company’s large cement kiln.

Wang Jiajun, manager of Huaxin cement company, said bags of medical waste would be disintegrated and gasified immediately in the precalciner with a temperature of about 1,150 degrees Celsius.

The remaining waste would continue to be burned in the rotary kiln at a temperature of about 1,400 degrees Celsius. All the waste would eventually be turned into cement after thorough burning.

The high temperature, strong alkaline and high turbulent burning environment prevents the production of dioxins throughout the process.

Wang said the cement company has disposed of 55 tonnes of medical waste for COVID-19 designated hospitals in Hubei.

The company also dispatched four container dump trucks that are fully enclosed, leak-proof and equipped with GPS positioning to transport the medical waste around the clock.


Source : (Xinhua)

China on track for fully paved roads by 31 December 2019

China: Cement or asphalt roads will connect every settlement in China by 31 December 2019, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Transport. Sichaun province is the last part of the country to receive fully paved roads, which were yet to reach one town and one village as of 15 December 2019. Xinhua’s China Economic Information Service has reported that China has invested US$87.5bn in the construction of 6.34 million km of auxiliary roads since it began construction of the system in 2003.

China sees strong cement demand at the end of 2019

A financial data provider has reported that average prices of cement in big Chinese cities have picked up 15 per cent since September, ending eight months of decline. The central government also lowered capital requirements for infrastructure projects such as railways, ports and toll roads.

Cement consumption in the fourth quarter in China exceeded expectations . ”There is a pronounced rebound in infrastructure construction towards the end of the year,” said Chen Bolin, China Cement Association.

While official statistics suggest infrastructure spending remains weak, having grown only 3.3 per cent in the first 10 months of this year, the raw materials price rises provide the first signs of a more robust recovery, adds the Financial Times.

In the southern province of Guangdong, for example, where cement prices have risen by a fifth since September, local grinding units said demand was so strong that they have had to introduce quotas. “We are receiving more orders than we could deliver,” said an official at Conch Cement in Yingde, a city in Guangdong.

In October alone Guangdong started work on 39 provincial-level infrastructure projects, an increase from 21 in the previous quarter,” according to official data.