by Suman Gupta
MUMBAI – February , 2019: JSW Cement, part of US$ 13 billion JSW Group and India’s leading producer of Green Cement has been recording higher than industry growth in all markets it currently operates. The cumulative volume growth recorded by JSW Cement during first nine months ending December 31, 2018 was 54%. The cement industry across participative markets grew by 20% during the same period.
The company, recently, commissioned its new enhanced capacity at Dolvi Works in Raigad Maharashtra taking the plant’s overall capacity from 1 MTPA to 2.2 MTPA. This expansion takes the current installed capacity of JSW Cement to 12.6 MTPA. The expansion along with other capacity enhancement work already underway at various location across the country will take the installed capacity of JSW Cement as a whole to 14 MTPA by April 2019. These projects are in line with the overall growth strategy and vision of the company of reaching a total installed capacity of 20 MTPA by December 2020.
The state-of-the-art Dolvi facility is strategically located at the western coast of India and is well connected through road, rail & waterways. It produces Portland Slag Cement (PSC), a superior quality green cement that gives high long-term strength, and Concreel HD, a premium cement product which is quick setting, and promises very high strength and durability. The facility also produces Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBS), a key material in the booming real estate industry. In Mumbai region massive infrastructure projects have started such as Mumbai Metro, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, Versova Bandra Sea Link, Coast Road Project etc, wherein the engineering fraternity has always considered Portland Slag Cement & Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag to be technically superior especially when durability and life cycle costs are prime considerations. Engineering properties of Portland Slag Cement & Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag are High long-term strength, Low permeability, Reduction in thermal cracking, Better resistance to chloride ingress & sulphate attacks and an eco-friendly material. All of this puts the Dolvi Works unit of JSW Cement at a considerable advantage to cater to the green cement requirements of Maharashtra and several neighbouring markets.
JSW Cement views improving economic growth scenario, continued thrust on boosting India’s infrastructure sector and materialization of pent-up demand as primary drivers for cement consumption going forward. Development of 500 cities under the new Urban Development Mission and the initiative to build 100 smart cities is expected to deliver greater benefits to cement & construction sectors.
Rising awareness on environmental issues and the government’s push through projects like Smart Cities and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the construction industry has witnessed a shift towards the use of eco-friendly materials and technologies. Given the environmental and economic benefits, PSC is an emerging category for housing as well as other infrastructure projects. JSW Cement delivers high-quality products to many large, prestigious infrastructural projects in the southern and western regions of India. JSW Cement is considered as a Green Product and all our plants have been given a Green Pro Certification by CII / Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
JSW Cement entered the cement business in 2009 with a vision of producing eco-friendly cement or Green cement. Manufacturing Green Cement or PSC is part of the company’s vision of building a self-reliant India. It’s cement manufacturing units at Vijayanagar in Karnataka; Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh; Salboni in West Bengal and Dolvi in Maharashtra use slag from steel manufacturing units to produce green cement. Through consistent improvement in energy efficiency and product mix design, JSW aims to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. One tonne of PSC manufactured by JSW Cement emits 0.49 tonne of CO2, which is the lowest in the cement industry.
JSW Cement’s operations ensures reduced environmental impact on account of quarrying and alternate raw material usage.
- Controlled blasting to minimize dust, noise, fly rock and ground vibration
- Roadside sprinklers along crusher ramp for dust suppression
- Consistent reduction in explosive consumption
- Consistently optimizing the quality of plant feed material
- Rainwater harvesting in mining area
- 20% replacement of HSD with used oil in limestone blasting
- 45% chemical gypsum used in cement manufacturing
- 45% Pet coke used in pyro processing
- 100% Replacement of iron ore with flue dust (industrial waste from steel plants) in raw mix
- 100% Petro Polymer Fuel (PPF) used as a substitute for HSD/ LDO for kiln light up
- 100% top soil is used for horticulture and greenbelt development
- Approximately 58 % usage of slag as an alternate raw material for making PSC
Over the last 4 years, the environmental impact of JSW Cement’s operations have seen significant improvement.
- Limestone consumption has decreased by nearly 49%
- Gypsum usage has decreased by 34%
- Coal usage has decreased by 55%
- Laterite & Flue Dust has decreased by 35%
- Energy usage has decreased by 65% per tonne of cementitious material
- Water Consumption has decreased by 22% per cement tonne
- Carbon dioxide emission per tonne of cementitious material has reduced by 45%
About JSW Cement Ltd: JSW Cement Ltd is part of US$13 billion JSW Group with interests in Steel, Energy, Infrastructure and Cement. JSW entered the cement market in 2009 with a vision to ensure a sustainable future for the country by producing eco-friendly cement, using industrial by-products such as slag. Its manufacturing at Vijayanagar in Karnataka, Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, Salboni in West Bengal and Dolvi in Maharashtra utilize slag from steel plants manufacturing units to produce Portland Slag Cement. Through its innovative conversion of industrial by-product into a useful end-product, JSW Cement greatly helps reduce the carbon footprint of JSW Group. JSW Cement is targeting a manufacturing capacity of 20 MTPA by 2020 to meet customer and industry demand.