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4 CEMENT AMERICAS • Winter 2017 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE Continuous harvesting of the algae is also essential in maximizing biomass output. In a relatively small biore- actor such as the one at St Marys, which holds 25,000 liters of algae medium, the organisms are harvested at a rate equal to their growth, "tricking them into think- ing they're in a much larger tank," Martin said. SCALING UP "Though modest in scale, the St Marys pilot project points to solutions that may soon have major global impact," said Bill Asselstine, vice-president, techni- cal, safety and sustainability for Votorantim Cimentos' North American operations. "This collaboration with Pond Technologies and the Na- tional Research Council of Canada advances our goals of product innovation and sustainable development, while strengthening our position as a leader in the build- ing materials sector," said Asselstine, adding that "The project is consistent with our expressed purpose as a company – life is made to last – which speaks to the longevity or our products and our commitment to having a positive, long-term impact on people and our planet." Reducers cool and equalize pressure of unfiltered gas- es on their way to the bioreactor. While the current project utilizes about 1 percent of all CO2 produced on-site, plans to scale the technology are already underway. The next step: a proposed larger, commercial-scale fa- cility at St Marys Bowmanville cement plant, 45 min- utes from Toronto. This project would draw a greater percentage of carbon emissions from the flue stream, testing an on-site process that would dry and pelletize the biomass produced to create animal feed. Up to 40 percent of the project's build-out may be covered as part of a $74-million clean tech innova- tion initiative sponsored by the Ontario Centres of Excellence. FLSmidth obtained an order from OHL Industrial for engineering, procurement and supply of equipment for a cement plant with a capacity of 3,150 tons per day. The plant will be located in Rio Claro, Municip- io de Sonson Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia. The end client of the project is EcoCementos (Empresa Colombiana de Cementos S.A.S.), a company jointly owned by Cementos Molins and Grupo Corona, with whom OHL Industrial has an EPC contract. The order includes a complete range of equipment from crushing to packing and loadout. FLSmidth's sup- ply also includes equipment from product companies of FLSmidth, such as planetary gear units from FLSmidth MAAG Gear, fabric filters from FLSmidth Airtech, a pack- ing plant from FLSmidth Ventomatic, a control system and plant automation from FLSmidth Automation, and weighing and metering systems from FLSmidth Pfister. "The project underlines FLSmidth's strength as a lead- ing supplier of the most productive and energy-efficient equipment and technology – and our market leader posi- tion as a full scope plant provider," said Group Executive Vice President, Cement Division, Per Mejnert Kristensen. The $60 million order will be fully executed by Q1 2018. McInnis Cement announced the signing of an agree- ment with Gaspe railway corporation (Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie – SCFG) to distribute cement from New Richmond, Quebec to various Ca- nadian and U.S. markets. The agreement provides for the transportation of 140,000 tons of cement over a five-year period. The cement will be loaded onto trucks at the plant site in Port-Daniel–Gascons, transported to New Richmond, and then trans-shipped onto tenders through a weight bin to be installed by SCFG. This system is an interest- ing initial solution for McInnis Cement. "The use of rail combined with the efficiency of mari- time transport provides McInnis the flexibility and com- petitiveness needed for the distribution of cement that will be produced by the company commencing in the Spring of 2017," said McInnis Cement CEO, Hervé Mal- let. "We are pleased to confirm this contract, knowing that it is part of the infrastructure future, and we will consider increasing volumes when conditions permit." FLSmidth Receives EcoCementos Plant Order McInnis Cement to Use Gaspesian Rail for Cement Distribution