Global cement producer, LafargeHolcim’s arm member Lafarge Africa Plc has reportedly made plans to install a new Loesche developed coal mill at the company’s coal grinding plant in the Nigerian factory, Ewekoro. As per sources, the introduction of a new coal mill would eventually enable the plant to switch from its gas dependent operation, which reportedly have proven to be unreliable.

According to World Cement, the new coal mill line would effectively handle unloading, storage, metering, comminution, drying, and grinding of lignite (brown coal) and petroleum coke (petcoke), while serving the plant with an increased grinding capacity of 16 tph at 3% R90 µm of petcoke and 23 tph at 23% R90 µm of coal.

Reports suggest that the current cement plant in Ewekoro was completely dependent on gas for its operations and eventually experienced shortage of supply. Hence in response to the energy scarcity a new coal grinding plant is being developed, eventually cutting the plant’s dependency on gas resources.

Incidentally, the construction engineering company, CBMI Construction Co. being the project’s general contractor, chose Loesche for delivering ATEX-certified coal mill in Nigeria. The project’s engineering services, core components of the mill and the classifier with central feed, the rotary grate, and the 450-kW mill gearbox are all included as a part of the supply contract, cite reliable reports

In addition to the new coal mill, Loesche has also supplied raw material and cement mills at the Ewekoro plant. Since the customer has pre-ordered raw materials and cement mills from the Ewekoro factory, the cement plant is once again fully equipped with different mill products, claim sources.

As per trusted reports, Ewekoro runs two of Lafarge Africa’s production lines, with a third installed in a state of Nigeria, together reported to be capable of producing a total of 4 million tpa in five different categories of cement.