Cemex USA has reaffirmed its commitment to workplace safety with Safety Week 2017: Action-Based Safety. The company-wide initiative took place this week and was observed at its hundreds of facilities across the US.
Workers participated in safety stand downs on Tuesday, with all operations stopping for 60 – 90 minutes so that employees could refocus on their safety procedures s well as Cemex’s commitment to Zero4Life.
Zero4Life is something we live at CEMEX every single day,” CEMEX USA President Ignacio Madridejos said. “Safety Week shows how it takes commitment from everyone to have zero recordable injuries, job-related illnesses, preventable vehicle accidents and environmental events. It really takes daily action to make it happen.”
Workers also conducted site inspections at Cemex USA’s 12 cement plants, nearly 70 aggregates quarries and over 350 ready-mix facilities. They identified potential fall hazards, damaged tools and other opportunities to improve jobsite safety. Workers filled out safety improvement cards for any issues they found.
“By proactively identifying hazards at our facilities and fixing them, we will eliminate injuries in our operations,” Alan MacVicar, CEMEX USA’s Vice President of Health and Safety said. “The idea of Action-Based Safety helps reinforce the procedures and processes already adopted at CEMEX to make sure every worker at our facility can go home safe.”
Safety Week also placed an emphasis on driving safety, with The Baytown Ready-Mix Plant in Texas being one of a number of plants that invited police officers to inspect their trucks. The officers explained the violations that they watch for and provided workers with information on how they can ensure the safety of themselves as well as the drivers around them on the road.
“We talk a lot about safety, about the whys, but this is Action-Based Safety,” Paul Stalter, CEMEX Health and Safety Manager for East Texas, said. “We’re actually doing it. We’re getting it in the hands of the drivers with the knowledge, the experience and the resources. We want to make sure they go home to their families every day.”
Staying safe also requires Cemex employees to commit to their health, so several Cemex USA facilities held programmes on Friday about the importance of health eating and exercise. Safety Week 2017 concluded with employees completing Action-Based Safety Commitment Cards. The cards contained pledges of what they will do to commit to safe environments at the facilities and will be posted in central locations at the plants, to serve as reminders that safety is in action, not just words.
Sinoma International Engineering has announced that its subsidiary, Chengdu Design and Research institute of Building Materials Industry (CDI) has signed a contract with the Egyptian government to build six 6000 tpd clinker production lines in Beni Suef. AUMUND Fordertechnik GmbH, in close cooperation with its Chinese subsidiary AUMUND Beijing, has won the order to supply the clinker conveying equipment for the project.
The identical lines will be equipped with four AUMUND BWG belt bucket elevators, with capacities of up to 650 tph, and three BWZ chain bucket elevators, with capacities of up to 550 tph.
The machinery package also includes four BWG-L belt bucket elevators (170 tph), one BWZ-L chain bucket elevator (80 tph) and six pan conveyors (375 tph), for each of the six lines.
The new Greenfield project in Beni Suef is expected to be completed within the next three years. The pilot phase of the new production lines is due to start as early as December 2017.
The 108 machines will be supplied by AUMUND in three deliveries, between April and June 2017.
LafargeHolcim Egypt’s use of domestic petcoke will triple by 2018 compared to 2014’s level, comprising 72% of the company’s fuel mix, the company said in a presentation at its capital markets day last year. Use of alternative fuels will also almost double to 24%.
The changes come as part of the company’s programme to transition to a cheaper and more flexible fuel mix.
In 2014, domestic petcoke comprised only 24% of the fuel mix, while alternative fuels were only 13% of the mix. Heavy fuel, meanwhile, accounted for 38% of the mix, while use of imported pekcoke was on par with that of the domestically-sourced variety and natural gas took a 24% share.
Changes are already underway, however, with domestic petcoke expected to account for 66% of the fuel mix in 2016. The company’s fuel bill is expected to fall by CHF60 million in FC2016.
By 2018, LafargeHolcim Egypt expects to have phased out use of imported petcoke altogether, as 96% of the fuel mix comes from domestic petcoke and alternative fuels. Natural gas and heavy fuels account for the remaining 4%.
The fuel transition has been made using an “asset light” approach, the company said, which has seen the conversion of existing cement mills rather than the purchase of new equipment, saving CHF30 million. In addition to adding flexibility to the fuel mix and reducing costs, the fuel transition – and particularly the use of alternative fuels – also reduces the company’s exposure to US dollar denominated fuels, reducing risk further.
Last year a report by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, estimated the Egypt’s cement sector could save US$51 million annually by 2025 by transitioning to alternative fuels and reducing its reliance on traditional fossil fuels.