The largest cement plant in Mongolia opened its doors in Khutul soum of Selenge Province on Wednesday, introducing dry-method greenfield processing which is easier on power consumption and the environment. With the dry-method, water usage and toxic gas emissions are reduced, and power consumption is 45 percent less than the wet-method of production. It is also said that the dry-processed cement’s quality is much higher than wet-processed cement.
The plant is expected to manufacture 3,000 tons of cement per day and one million tons of cement per year, which makes up 50 percent of the total demand for cement in the domestic market. Mongolia is currently manufacturing only 240,000 tons of cement per year. The increased supply will help reduce cement prices, which will benefit Mongolia’s economy as construction projects are on the rise.
Basement LLC, which won the tender bid for the plant, launched its construction in January 2011, and finished in October 2013. Prefeasibility studies of the plant were done by experts from the School of Geology and Mining of the University of Science and Technology.
The plant operates two limestone mines. Water, heating and engineering pipelines are fully complete at the plant and it is connected to the central electricity distribution line.
Khutul is located 250 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar with paved roads and rails. The plant is still accepting applications for its vacancies.
Khutul Cement Lime Plant was a wet-method cement manufacturer built in the Soviet era, but fell out of service after 26 years of non-stop operation.
Parliamentary Decree no.11, 2010, and Government Decree no.86, 2010, were released by the state to attract national and foreign investors on the condition of transitioning from wet-processing technology to dry-processing and the capacity for the plant to produce one million tons of cement per year.