“We are due on site in April 2007 and will be responsible for the mechanical equipment and erection,” says Verkerk. This arrangement follows the awarding of the contract of the main cement manufacturing plant at Dwaalboom to its sister com- pany, FLSmidth, which supplied and installed the existing cement plant in 1985.
The contract is for the supply of a 3 300-t/d clinker manufacturing line, consisting of a vertical roller mill, a kiln, a low NOx in-line precalciner, a six-stage preheater, coal milling plant and a cross-bar grate cooler.
In short, FLSmidth will design and supply the clinker production equipment for the expansion, and the clinker produced by the new line will be ground to cement at other PPC plants.
The new technology that will be installed at Dwaalboom will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower the fossil fuel consumption for each ton of cement produced. Dwaalboom will be the first site in Southern Africa to install FLSmidth’s new multimovable cross-bar cooler. It also marks the first collaboration between FLSmidth and FFE Minerals-Vecor.
This local arm of the engineered processing equipment company was awarded a separate contract for the installation of the FLSmidth equipment.
“Everything is on schedule at this point and all indications of this continuing are positive,” concludes Verkerk.