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Dalmia Cement to kick off expansion initiatives soon

| Updated on: Dec 10, 2011

Dalmia Cement is set to start work soon on its proposed cement plants in Karnataka and Meghalaya.

Mr T. Venkatesan, who recently took over as Deputy Managing Director, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd, said the company's expansion plans, which had been going slow till recently, are set to pick up pace.

Mr Venkatesan said the company will set up two plants in Belgaum and Gulbarga. Typically, Dalmia Cement envisages an initial capacity of about 2.5 million tonnes year for cement plants. The plants will be operational “two years from today,” he said.

Dalmia Cement operates a cement production capacity of about 9 million tonnes a year, with two plants in Tamil Nadu — 4 million tonnes in Dalmiapuram and 2.5 million tonnes in Ariyalur — and 2.5 million tonnes in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh.

In addition, through an associate company, OCL (in which it has a 45 per cent stake), it has an additional 5.3 million tonnes, giving it a total production capacity of 14.3 million tonnes.

Waste to fuel

The company, which had organised a visit for media-persons to its Dalmiapuram factory near Tiruchi, about 300 km south of Chennai, said it has tied up with the Tiruchi Municipality to source non-degradable waste to fire its kiln in Dalmiapuram. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement that will help the municipality dispose of waste while saving the company some fuel.

The company is set to kick off this initiative on a trial basis from Monday, said Mr J.V. Gungune, Executive Director, Dalmia Cements.

The Tiruchi Municipality handles about 450-500 tonnes of waste daily. The company will initially take about 60 tonnes of non-degradable waste (a third of it being plastics) to burn in its kiln and power plant.

This is a relatively small initiative that will replace about 10 tonnes of coal daily — about 3,600 tonnes of coal a year — for the company, and one that in the long run can be extended. The company uses about 1,400 tonnes of coal daily, including about 650 tonnes for its power plant and about 1,400 tonnes to fire its kiln.

rbalaji@thehindu.co.in

Published on December 10, 2011

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