Powering up
CEMEX gains freedom to choose energy supplier, signs with MPPCL

Powering upCement manufacturer CEMEX Philippines has jumped at the opportunity to make their cement-making processes more efficient and more effective by utilizing the Department of Energy’s (DOE) new open access regime.

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Studies validate energy, environment savings from concrete

Manila Bulletin, September 27, 2005, B-13
(Similar story came out in Manila Standard Today)

International studies have confirmed various energy and environment conservation features of concrete pavements.

The study conducted by the National Research Council of Canada showed that heavy vehicles traveling on concrete roads and highways can realize as much as 11% savings in fuel costs compared to asphalt roads.

The study further boosts the significance of results of a socio-economic impact study of concrete highways prepared by KPMG Consulting in British Columbia which showed that concrete pavements also results in millions of dollars worth of savings for taxpayers.

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Petron, Holcim enter into energy-from-waste accord

Phil. Star, C-2, June 6, 2005
(similar story came out in BusinessWorld and Manila Standard Today)

The country’s largest oil company Petron Corp. recently entered into a memorandum of agreement with Holcim Philippines, the leading cement company in the country, for the processing of used oil and sludge from Petron’s customers at Holcim’s cement plants.

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Cement firms set up own power plants to save on costs

(Malaya, B-10, May 26, 2005)

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines reported that the industry is improving energy by setting up its own power plants.

The industry can’t do less since fuel and power account about 50 to 80 percent of production cost.

CeMAP president felix Alfiler said the industry is becoming showcase of creative solutions to the energy problem in the country.

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Further hike in coal prices inevitable next year

(Published in Today, Phil. Star, Manila Bulletin,
Manila Times and Daily Tribune – December 19, 2003)

With the strong domestic demand in China and its government’s intervention in the coal market, the increase in coal prices worldwide is likely to continue in 2004.

In the Asia market alone, coal price is expected to increase by at least 30% from the current prices. The projection is based on the trend in prices of coal which has started to skyrocket since August 2003.

A delegate of the meeting between the Philippine National Oil Company and officials of Shanxi Coal Import Export Group Corporation (SCIEGC) in China said the situation leaves no other option to the coal dependent industries in the country but to purchase highly priced coal. SCIEGC, headed by the governor of Shanxi province, markets the coal from different mines in the province and is one of the three Chinese companies licensed to export bituminous coal.

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Concrete saves energy, lasts longer

International and local studies have confirmed the long-term economic and environmental sense in using concrete instead of asphalt for highways.

Recent studies done by the National Research Council of Canada has proved that concrete pavement saves vehicles on fuel costs because of its firmer structure as against the more flexible structure of asphalt which takes up much energy from heavier vehicles.

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