What Fuels the Cement Industry
Availability of different types of fuels depend on geographies. For example, India favours coal and petroleum coke, but some plants near Tamil Nadu or Rajasthan tend to prefer lignite. Plants near the coastal regions can look for imported coal or pet coke, whereas the landlocked plants in and around Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, etc may prefer domestic coal from Coal India. The volatility of international prices of coal, currency swings, variations in shipping costs and dynamic pricing of petroleum coke - all contribute to making it a big challenge to optimise the fuel basket for a cement plant.
And, it is no less intriguing to analyse and report on such a vibrant topic of the cement industry.
Sumit Banerjee Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board