The new kiln in Devnya Cement plant has been switched on

Automation & RoboticsBusinessSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 4/2014

With the activation of the new kiln, operations have begun on the new production line at the Devnya Cement plant, the Italcementi Group’s Bulgarian arm, located near the port of Varna in eastern Bulgaria.

”This operation, which flanks the Rezzato revamp in Italy, completes the strategic investment program to strengthen the Group in Europe” said Italcementi Group Chief Executive Officer Carlo Pesenti. ”With one of the largest investments in Bulgaria in the last 25 years, we have improved the industrial efficiency of our production facility and ensured alignment with the best technologies to safeguard the environment. The new plant will enable us to respond to demand on the domestic market and from the neighboring areas in Eastern Europe.”

The completion of the project will allow the Group to consolidate its operations in Bulgaria, where it also runs the Vulkan grinding center in Dimitrovgrad, and boost its export capacity thanks to its proximity to the port of Varna West, which gives access to all the countries on the Black Sea and on the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.

The revamp of the cement plant began in April 2012, involving more than a thousand people for an overall investment of more than 160 million euro. Once the current test and commissioning stage has been completed on all the systems, the cement plant will be fully operational in early 2015.
The new facility, fully equipped with the Best Available Technologies, employs a ’dry’ line, which can produce around 4,000 metric tons of clinker a day, for an annual output of about 1.5 million metric tons of cement, making it one of the largest plants of its type in Europe.

Special attention has been given to energy efficiency at the plant - which can also use alternative fuels such as RDF and biomass - and to environmental impact mitigation systems, which ensure a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

Source: Italcementi