FLSmidth Enables China’s Cement Producers to Replace Fossil Fuels
To support the city of Binyang, located in the Guangxi region of southwest China, in its efforts to reduce the city’s urban and industrial waste, China Resources Cement (CRC) and FLSmidth joined forces to come up with a solution for CRC’s Hongshuihe cement plant. To economically process the raw waste characterised by high moisture and low burn value, FLSmidth installed a pyro co-processing system: a HOTDISC® consuming daily 300 t of waste to ensure the Hongshuihe plant’s daily production of 3200 t cement. CRC and FLSmidth sign a partnership, together with SEPETC as a general contractor, with the purpose of rolling out this successful solution to other cement producers in China. FLSmidth is responsible for the design, engineering and integration of the integrated waste burning solution. China’s waste problem is growing. Among the 600 biggest cities in China, more than a third battle with serious groundwater pollution due to waste disposal. In the suburbs, several hundred million tons of urban household waste, municipal sludge and industrial waste are left untreated in landfills, increasing at an annual rate of around 8 %. In China’s latest five-year plan, the government encourages more cement producers to co-process municipal solid waste in the cement industry, with an aim of getting 15–20 % of the cement kilns in the country to be co-processing waste by 2020. In 2017, China will introduce a national carbon-trading scheme. About 4,3 billion t of cement was consumed globally in 2014, causing global cement production to contribute around 5 % of global CO2 emissions. China alone produces 60 %. CRC is one of China’s leading cement enterprises and owns approximately 40 cement lines in mainland China. Headquartered in Hong Kong, CRC is part of the state-owned enterprise China Resources Group.