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Yanpai to Add Four Needlepunch Nonwovens Lines

Yanpai Filtration Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese filtration media manufacturer, will expand needle punch capacity at its site in Tiantai, China through the investment of four Andritz lines. The new lines will begin starting up in the third quarter of 2022 and should be complete in the third quarter 2023.

Andriz will deliver customized needlepunch lines for the production of high-quality needlepunch filter felts. The lines will enable Yanpai to achieve state-of-the-art technical characteristics in terms of product quality and line performance. The drylaid web-forming equipment (cards and cross lappers) will be manufactured at the Andritz Wuxi premises, including 8 PRO 25-80 access profile cross lappers for controlled web weight evenness. The 16 eXcelle needlelooms will be supplied by ANDRITZ Asselin-Thibeau in France.

Yanpai is one of the leading Chinese producers of nonwoven filters for dust and air treatment and for woven filter fabrics used in solid/liquid separation. Established in 1990, Yanpai was at the forefront in the development of new industrial filtration fabrics. Today, YANPAI is a company with facilities in China and the USA.

Saudi Qassim Cement to hire consultant for 30-MW solar project

Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Cement Company (TADAWUL:3040) will mandate a consulting firm to help with the preparations for a 30-MW solar plant at its site in the northcentral city of Buraydah as the cement maker seeks to reduce its carbon footprint.

The consulting firm will define the scope of work and qualify the competitors for the implementation of the project, Qassim Cement said on Thursday.

The electricity generated by the plant will be added to the current energy sources that power the production site in Buraydah which will reduce its carbon emissions and cut electricity costs. The financial impact of the project is still unknown.

Based in Buraydah, Qassim Cement produces about 4 million tonnes of cement annually. The company will invest SAR 152 million (USD 40.53m/EUR 35.76m) to build a cement mill at its plant in Buraydah with a capacity of 300 tonnes.

The company’s solar project aligns with Saudi Vision 2030. The kingdom, which is the world’s largest oil exporter, announced in October that it targets to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 and became the second country in the region to make such a commitment after the United Arab Emirates.

(SAR 1.0 = USD 0.266/EUR 0.235)

Umm Al-Qura Cement Company granted limestone exploration license

Umm Al-Qura Cement Company, Saudi Arabia, announced the issuance of an exploration license for limestone on 28 December 2021 from the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources.

The license location is situated between Taif and Radwan.

This license was issued in accordance with the Mining Investment Law issued by Royal Decree No. M/140 dated 10/19/1441 AH and its executive regulations.

The company will carry out the necessary exploratory studies on the new quarry during the statutory period to ensure the availability of the required raw materials.

Qassim Cement to establish new cement mill at Buraydah

Qassim Cement, Saudi Arabia, has entered into a preliminary agreement with the Chinese company, for the engineering, supply and construction of a new cement mill to be installed at the company’s Buraydah cement plant.

The new mill will have a replacement capacity of 300tph.

The agreement includes the supply of mechanical and electrical equipment, including design and supervision of civil works, installations and commissioning test.

The company said in a bourse filing that the implementation period for the SAR152m worth project is 15 months.

Detailed contracts are now being prepared, which are expected to be signed by mid-January 2022.

Cherat Cement to setup Rs 34 Billion Greenfield Plant in DIK, KP

Cherat Cement Company Limited announced that it has approved the installation of a Rs34-billion greenfield plant in Khyber Paktunkhwa that will have a capacity of 11,000 tons per day.

The Board of Directors of the company in its meeting held on Thursday approved the installation of the cement plant in Dera Ismail Khan, KP, the cement maker informed the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).

“The plant will have an installed production capacity of 11,000 tons per day of clinker and the total cost of the project is estimated to be approximately Rs34 billion, with completion of the project expected in 3 years,” stated the notice sent to the stock exchange.

The development comes as the country’s cement sector has shown excellent growth in recent period amid a return of business activity. In May 2021 total cement dispatches were recorded at 3.947 million tons against 2.634 million tons dispatched during the same month of last fiscal, showing a growth of 49.86 percent.

Domestic cement dispatches during the month of May 2021 increased to 3.201 million tons from 2.271 million tons in May 2020, depicting a healthy increase of 40.95 percent, revealed the data released by All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association.

Flying Cement Co slates expansion to complete in 3QFY22

Flying Cement Co Ltd (FCC) announced that its plant expansion in Mangowal, Kushab district of Pakistan’s Punjab province is due to come online in the 3QFY22. The cement plant has an existing clinker production capacity of 4000tpd (Line I) and the company’s Line II project will add a further 7700tpd to take total clinker production capacity to 11,700tpd.

Out of the PKR10.2bn (US$64.8m) total projected cost for the expansion, FCC has already incurred PKR7bn. Taking into account the plant’s total capacity, which will be available in the 2HFY22, the company’s management plans to achieve a utilisation rate of 35 per cent in FY22. It is also expecting to target an eight per cent market share in 3QFY22.

Meanwhile, FCC has informed Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) that it has completed installing a new coal-fired captive power plant of 12MW at its site in Khushab and trial operations are expected to be started in July.

In February the company commissioned a 7.5MW WHR system. Line I has a an 17MW energy requirement, while for Line II this is 32MW, resulting in a total energy requirement of 49MW. FCC’s energy sources supply 58.5MW, including load connection from WAPDA (25MW), WHR System (7.5M), furnace oil engines (14MW) and captive power plant (12MW).