By John Lee.

Pakistan-based Attock Cement (PSX: ACPL) has reportedly made investments in a cement grinding unit in Iraq.

According to Business Recorder, the investment was made via a joint venture with the Iraq-based Al Geetan Commercial Agencies to form a subsidiary, a limited liability company.

Attock’s holds 60 percent of the company. The mill has a capacity of 0.9 million tons at a cost of $24 million.

(Source: Business Recorder)

By John Lee.

Pakistan-based Lucky Cement has said that it plans to achieve commercial production at its greenfield clinker production facility in Samawah by the end of first quarter of financial year 2020-21.

In its Annual Financial Report, the company said that the first shipment of plant and machinery to the 1.2-million-tons-per-annum project is expected in October 2019.

It adds that the letter of credit for the power plant has been established, and shipment from Wartsila is expected in December 2019.

(Source: Lucky Cement)

(Pictured: A Lucky Cement plant in Pakistan)

By John Lee.

The Cabinet held its regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, Adil Abd Al-Mahdi.

The Cabinet approved a series of recommendations from the Ministerial Economic Council to support the growth of Iraq’s cement industry and to ensure that production capacity continues to meet domestic demand. No details of the recommendations have been announced.

It also approved a loan agreement between the Republic of Iraq and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for what it described as an “electricity services reconstruction and enhancement project“.

According to a governmengt statement, it also approved a recommendation from the housing consultative group that investors in housing projects need to complete a percentage of the planned building work before they are allowed to own the land.

(Source: Government of Iraq)

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has said it will supply the equipment to enable an efficient, reliable, and independent power source for an Iraqi cement producing plant.

The 20 MW engine power plant is being built by Al Shumookh Lucky Investments Ltd, a JV company of Lucky Cement Limited and a limited liability company registered in the United Arab Emirates. The power plant will serve the Najmat Al-Samawa cement factory in Iraq. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in Q1, 2019.

Wärtsilä has a long-established relationship with Lucky Cement Limited, one of Pakistan’s leading cement producers and exporters. The company has earlier built two power plants for Pakistan and one power plant for Iraq based on Wärtsilä Smart Power Generation technology.

Intisar Haqqi of Lucky Cement commented:

“It is important that large cement producers operate with maximum efficiency to reduce their operating costs. For this a reliable and price predictable supply of electricity, independent from the grid, is essential. We have always had excellent support from Wärtsilä, and their power generating technology provides the certainty of supply that is needed.”

Pierpaolo Mazza, Regional Director, Wärtsilä Energy Business, added:

“There is no greater endorsement of customer satisfaction than repeat orders. This is the seventh order received from Lucky Cement Limited, which indicates the success of Wärtsilä’s engine power plants in meeting our customers’ expectations, regardless of extreme climatic conditions.”

The power plant will operate on two Wärtsilä 32 engines running on locally available heavy fuel oil (HFO) with diesel as a back-up fuel. The engine is designed to deliver outstanding efficiency with reduced fuel and water consumption in hot temperatures.

The equipment is scheduled for delivery towards the end of 2019, and the plant is expected to become fully operational during the third quarter of 2020.

Image caption: From left to right: Arif Akram, Wärtsilä Energy Business; Muhammad Qasim Latif, Wärtsilä Energy Business; Pierpaolo Mazza, Wärtsilä Energy Business; Adnan Ahmed and Najam ul Hassan, Al Shumookh Lucky Investments Ltd

(Source: Wärtsilä)

By John Lee.

Attock Cement Pakistan Limited (ACPL), which makes the Falcon brand of cements, has announced that trial production has started at its newly-built plant in Iraq.

The Express Tribune quotes analyst Syeda Humaira Akhtar as saying:

“The demand scenario in Iraq is very strong and it is going to be stronger with expected political and economic stability … Iraq has allowed the import of clinker without any duty, but the country has imposed 100% duty on cement import.”

(Source: Pakistan Stock Exchange, The Express Tribune)

MAN Energy Solutions has successfully commissioned six MAN 18V32/40 engines in a cement factory in Samawa, Iraq, and delivered five more engines of the same type to a freshwater-treatment plant in Basra.

“The country’s infrastructure has suffered greatly from armed conflict in the past and the re-electrification of Iraq is pivotal for further growth and new prosperity. We are very happy that our engines will bring such tangible, positive benefits to the Iraqi people,” said Waldemar Wiesner, Head of Region MEA (Middle-East Africa), Power Plant Sales, MAN Energy Solutions.

Defying the desert

The six engines in Samawa form the backbone of a power plant that will generate around 54 MW of electrical energy for a new cement plant owned by Iraqi producer, Kairat Al Abar Iraqi Co. (KAAI).

Samawa has a population of around 150,000 and is located on the River Euphrates, half way between Baghdad and the Persian Gulf. Conditions locally are testing with a rainfall of just 100 mm over the course of a year, while temperatures peak at over 40°C from June to September. “The heat and dry desert climate create demanding conditions for industrial processes,” said Wiesner. “However, our MAN 32/40 engines are particularly robust and well capale of delivering a reliable power supply under such extreme climatic conditions.”

Fresh water in Basra

Five MAN 18V32/40 engines with a total capacity of 45 MW will guarantee the energy supply of a freshwater-treatment plant in Basra, a city with 2.5 million people located on the Persian Gulf. Normally, the plant operates with electricity from the public grid. However, since Iraq’s energy supply still fluctuates strongly, the MAN engines will serve as an important backup to ensure the reliable operation of the plant.

“In Iraq, more than five million people have only limited access to drinking water or sanitary facilities. With this new freshwater plant, the quality of life for the people of Basra will increase significantly,” said Wiesner. “In the event of power failures, which unfortunately still occur frequently, our engines will ensure a stable energy supply so that Basra’s population has access to fresh water at all times.”

(Source: MAN Energy Solutions)

By John Lee.

China’s Sinoma International Engineering has signed a $246-million contract to build a 6000-tonne/day clinker production line in Iraq.

The plant will be built for Iraqi Cement in the Samawah of Muthanna.

It will handle the entire production process, from raw material crushing to finished cement packaging.

Once the contract is finalised, the project is expected to  be completed within 37 months.

(Source: Shanghai Stock Exchange)

By John Lee.

Pakista-based Lucky Cement has said it is currently in negotiation with its suppliers to finalize plant and machinery at its greenfield clinker production facility in Samawah.

In its Annual Financial Report, the company said it plans to achieve financial close and commercial production is third quarter of calendar year 2018 and last quarter of calendar year 2019, respectively.

The plant is planned to have an output of 1.2 million tons per annum.

(Source: Lucky Cement)

(Pictued: A Lucky Cement plant in Pakistan)

By John Lee.

The National Investment Commission (NIC) has announced new investment opportunities in Iraq:

  1. Glass production, State Company for Glass and Refractories
  2. Overhead Cranes, State Company for Steel Industries
  3. Fallujah Cement Plant, Iraqi State Cement Company

(Source: National Investment Commission)

(Picture: Business opportunity word cloud, from ibreakstock/Shutterstock)

By John Lee.

The National Investment Commission (NIC) has announced six new investment opportunities in Iraq:

  1. New Housing Compounds, Ministry of Water Resources
  2. Lime plant in Karbala, Iraqi Cement State Company
  3. Caustic/chlorine plant in Khor al-Zubair, State Company for Petrochemical Industries
  4. Industrial and medical gases, Al-Zawraa State Company
  5. Chlorine plant in Muthanna, General Company for Mining Industries
  6. Paper sack production, Iraqi Cement State Company

(Source: National Investment Commission)

(Picture: Business opportunity word cloud, from ibreakstock/Shutterstock)