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Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:10

Mold cement factory's big investment reduces energy and ups production

The first phase of a £24 million investment programme has been completed at Padeswood cement works near Mold, Flintshire.

Murat Burakcin Padeswood works manager copyThe upgrade enhances production capacity and efficiency as well as cutting energy use. It includes the installation of a cement grinding mill, capable of producing up to 650,000 tonnes of cement a year. Removing the discrepancy between grinding and kiln capacity at the plant means that thousands of tonnes of raw material will no longer need to be transported to other sites for grinding into cement. Plus, the facility, shipped to the UK from Spain, reduces energy consumption for this part of the production process by around 30 per cent due to the efficiency of its electric motors.

Jim Claydon, Hanson UK cement managing director, said: "The nearly new Loesche vertical roller mill, housed in a 34-metre-high building, started its life at a grinding plant in Bilbao. It had only 7,000 operational hours on the clock and was in excellent condition. After dismantling it piece by piece, specialist contractors moved it to the UK where it was reassembled on site at Padeswood."

As part of the site improvements, three new rail cement silos have been installed alongside the existing railhead. This will allow up to three trains a week to be loaded for deliveries to depots in London, Bristol or Glasgow. The new silos will significantly reduce the transportation of cement produced at Padeswood to customers by road.

In addition to the increase in milling capacity, other recent capital investment at Padeswood includes the installation of a plastic packing machine, and the re-commissioning of an existing paper packaging machine and an upgrade in the capability to use recycled paper and plastics as fuel.