Khukh Tsav in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert witnessed a significant event in the development of the country’s cement industry and continuing economic development.
The greenfield plant has been constructed with the latest cement production technologies to minimise environmental impact and maximise productivity.
In an inauguration ceremony attended by the Mongolian Prime Minister and government officials, the Mongolyn Alt Group proudly celebrated the country’s newest cement plant. Located in the Gobi Desert, around 330 kilometres south east of the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, the new Khukh Tsav plant signals the local region’s continuing economic development.
It was also an important event for the Mongolyn Alt Group (MAK) in its own right. As one of the country’s largest companies, MAK has a strong track record in the mining industry. This inauguration, however, marked MAK’s first major venture into the cement industry. And its contribution is noteworthy: The 3,000 tpd plant is not only Mongolia’s largest cement plant, but it is also built using the most up-to-date cement production technologies, and will employ 200-300 staff from the local area.
High-quality cement produced locally
With this greenfield project, FLSmidth is fully committed to assisting MAK in attaining a leading position in the local market and, at the same time, contributing to Mongolia’s social and economic development. Gregers Schmidt, General Manager at FLSmidth says, “The plant will produce high-quality Euro Cement, which signals that it is produced using European equipment designed by FLSmidth for the best quality.”
Currently, FLSmidth is finalising the plant and supporting the customer in production start-up. Cement production will commence in June 2017. FLSmidth has provided the engineering, supply and commissioning of the complete range of cement production equipment, including raw material crushing, handling and grinding systems, pyro-processing plant, finish grinding and a packing plant. FLSmidth has also facilitated part of the financing, involving international banks and the Danish export credit agency.
Designed for ease of maintenance and high productivity, the plant’s equipment is expected to deliver reliable production over a long lifetime in a climate with extreme temperature variations. The plant’s power consumption is as low as 3,000 kJ/t cement (720 kcal/kg clinker) with fuel consumption of less than 90 kwh/t cement. One of the plant’s distinctive features – and a major factor contributing to its low power consumption – is the use of vertical roller mills for raw material grinding, coal grinding and cement grinding.
FLSmidth’s objectives in the partnership with MAK are to reduce total cost of ownership, improve competitiveness, reduce production costs, and minimise fuel consumption and environmental impact – all vital ingredients in Mongolia’s continued economic development requiring more cement for housing and infrastructure.
Especially minimising the impact on the environment and local community has been a key factor. In addition to providing environmentally optimised and energy-efficient solutions – including state-of-the-art emissions control systems and filters – MAK aims to create between 200 and 300 jobs in the local area and then continually upskill workers as part of normal operations. FLSmidth will assist with the necessary training.
FLSmidth Country Head of China and Mongolia, Cyril Leung expresses pride in the partnership with MAK.
“In a country with exciting economic potential, MAK is helping to fulfil the demand for high-quality cement produced locally, making the most of vast deposits of natural resources. We at FLSmidth are immensely satisfied to be able to contribute with our global resources as well as the technology and know-how developed over our 135-year history.” - Cyril Leung, FLSmidth Country Head - China and Mongolia
The 3,000 tpd Khukh Tsav cement plant will create significant employment opportunities in the local area. FLSmidth QCX/RoboLab® technology ensures the process control system is centralised and fully automated. The high-quality end product is clearly labelled in MAK/FLSmidth-branded cement bags. Visitors were offered guided tours of the new plant. FLSmidth’s CEO, Thomas Schulz, made a video presentation. The Mongolian president arrived at the inauguration of MAK’s first cement plant in the MAK company helicopter.