News - 2009

Signature between Carthage Cement and FLS 21/12/2009

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On the 21st December 2009, a general agreement for the design, equipment supply, erection and commissioning of the new Carthage Cement plant, being executed on a turnkey basis with PEG as consultants, was signed with the Danish group FLSmidth and its Turkish partner EKON for the construction. On completion, this project will prove to be one of the largest cement plants in North Africa, with a production capacity of 5800 tons per day of clinker.

To mark this occasion, a signing ceremony attended by the Presidents of each of the above mentioned groups was held in Tunisia. Mr. Lazhar Sta, CEO of Carthage Cement welcomed the conclusion of this agreement.

The plant shall be installed in Jebel Ressas, in the southern suburbs of the capital Tunis, and with backing from one of the largest quarries in the country. It is projected to create around 500 direct jobs as well as contributing significantly to the overall economic and social development of the region.

PEG Christmas Party 22/12/2009

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The PEG annual Chritsmas party of 2009 was given a medieval twist, with medieval attire a must, which proved to be a popular and fun evening enjoyed by all. Hosted at the venue Trois Huit, it was a lavish evening comprising of a medieval inspired banquet, and themed entertainment including wandering minstrels and live duels, contributing to a great atmosphere.

NCB Seminar, New Delhi, INDIA 11/11/2009

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In November the PEG conference team travelled to New Delhi, India to participate in the 11th NCB International Seminar on Cement and Building Materials. During the conference Dr Hans Wilhelm Meyer (Technical and Operations Director of PEG S.A.) conducted a presentation discussing the future of the cement industry in India, with regards to energy conservation and the substitution of primary fuels. PEG provides a number of services to the cement industry that will reduce cement plants CO2 emissions and primary fuel usage. Amongst a large number of services in this field, PEG can indentify suitable sources of waste derived fuels and adjust cement plant technology and operations to co-process these fuels.

Dr Meyer’s presentation also discussed a future change in the characteristics of the Indian cement market, moving from demand dominated to quality orientated. To provide higher quality cement PEG can provide a number of services to cement plants that will improve the technology of equipment and reduce the energy needed to produce high grade cement. An example of these services can be seen in the installation of suitable grinding technology in order to improve/activate hydraulic properties and to install de-centralized grinding facilities at the source of the additives to reduce transportation costs.

PEG’s services are available for customized solutions for all alternate fuel and composite cement projects. To discuss this in relation to your needs contact us at the address below.

Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials Conference, Beirut 07/11/2009

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In November PEG took part in the 7th AUCBM Conference and Exhibition on “Environmental Protection in the Cement & Building Materials Industries” in Beirut. During the conference PEG conducted a presentation on the topic “Solutions to Projects through Project Management during the Financial Crisis”. This identified the various ways in which projects can be maximised during financial turbulence, the following account is an overview of our suggestions:

  • Conducting market studies and market analysis will determine the capacity of a cement plant that will efficiently meet demand.
  • When considering capacity levels acknowledge the chance of future market fluctuations and the possibility of upgrading.
  • Capital expenditure can be reduced by only purchasing equipment and work shop tools that will be regularly used.
  • If it is possible outsource irregular maintenance operations.
  • Commission each stage of a cement plants development as soon as it is complete. This will allow quick production, fast access to the market and a swift return on investment.
  • The option of multi-package projects reduces the overall cost of investment as they have a greater selection of equipment in terms of quality and familiarity.
  • Multi-package projects also offer more control over project progress and investment decisions, when compared to turn-key projects.
  • As a consultant PEG considers the use of alternative fuels in cement production as an opportunity to reduce the overall operating costs. This knowhow also allows our clients to take full advantage of government support and to fully utilize the trading of carbon credits.

Middle East CemenTrade, ABU DHABI 04/10/2009

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In October PEG attended the 4th Mid East Cementrade conference in Abu Dhabi, which focused on market recovery with the revival of the construction industry.

During the conference Dr Meyer conducted a presentation on the “Substitution of Primary Fuels in the Cement Industry”. This looked at the positive impact of integrating waste derived materials into the cement making process.

There are many advantages in using waste derived materials in the cement making process. To start, utilizing these secondary fuels is indirectly recycling waste, therefore reducing the carbon footprint of the cement industry. The preparation of waste material is relatively simple and cheap as little work needs to go into processing these materials to become fuel. Most importantly utilizing these waste materials will not affect the quality of clinker, due to the high alkaline content in the production of clinker nearly all inorganic compounds are immobilized and diluted to a harmless concentration.

Dr Meyer also discussed primary fuel substitution in the Middle East. Currently there are political, public and environmental pressures to reduce the consumption of primary fuels in the cement industry. At the same time the cement industry has an economic interest to reduce production costs and increase its competitiveness and profit margins.

Currently waste management systems in the Middle East are under development, consequently very low or no disposal fees of waste are available. But this can be expected to change in the future. To take advantage of co-processing waste derived materials Dr Meyer stressed the importance of having a reliable partner to integrate a structured approach and to conduct feasibility studies.

To successfully utilize secondary fuels, consulting services from the feasibility study up to the commissioning stage are highly recommended. Competence on both, the handling and preparation of secondary fuels as well as profound knowledge of cement technology is a must. PEG is the leading international and independent cement consulting engineer who can cover all aspects of secondary fuel projects.

MRO Europe - Hamburg - GERMANY 24/09/2009

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In September the PEG conference team travelled to Hamburg to take part in MRO Europe 2009. During the conference the team was able to meet with current clients and make contact with a number of new potential customers. Amongst the many companies that we met was one of the event sponsors, MNG Technik. A demonstration of the services provided by PEG Aviation has since led to an invitation to bid for the construction of several new docking facilities for this MRO provider.

The new member of Star Alliance, Egypt Air, showed great interest in the Ground Support Equipment provided by PEG Aviation. In view of the rapid development of Egypt Air’s maintenance department it was agreed that PEG Aviation will present its facilities for several new projects concerning this company.

Meridiana Company also showed great interest in working with PEG Aviation particularly in 2010, when the company plans to finalize the separation between its airline service and maintenance department.

As a result of attending the conference PEG Aviation acquired new contacts and continued discussions with current clients, all of which has resulted in a number of new inquiries being made. In other news, the next conference where PEG Aviation will be displaying its products and services is

Fairwell to our Chairman Claude Lambert 14/09/2009

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After many years of dedicated service at PEG, Claude Lambert has made the decision to retire from his position as company active Chairman.

To mark this significant occasion, PEG held a surprise farewell party aboard a private boat on Lake Geneva. The event was inclusive of all PEG staff and the evening consisted of a wonderful meal while cruising the lake which was enjoyed immensely by everyone in attendance, and provided a lovely opportunity for all those who have worked with Claude to show their appreciation. PEG wishes Claude a relaxing and enjoyable retirement and wish him every success in his personal business ventures.

Introduction to DUNE 25/07/2009

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Ever improving the way we conduct our operations, PEG is thrilled to announce the introduction of DUNE, Data Unified Network Environment. An information system designed to improve the experience of clients during PEG’s project management. DUNE provides structure to projects and promotes clearer visibility of past and present operations easing and improving project management and traceability.

How does it work?

DUNE formalizes internal practices and procedures. This gives our clients a clearer view of our company’s internal work throughout the life cycle of their project. Dune consists of homogenous documents and templates enabling better workflows for projects giving our clients a clearer view of their project.

Desired outcome?

As the new central point for projects DUNE gives a wider and clearer picture of project advancement. Flagging up needs such as, the need for more or different human resources and the performance required to succeed within the project time frame. When commenting on the topic, Ronan Jouchet, Project Manager of Project DUNE said: “DUNE will help us in structuring projects whilst keeping track of what has to be done”.

How will it benefit PEG?

DUNE improves the workflow of projects. It informs all involved of what deadlines are approaching, furthering cohesion on projects. Through PEG´s specific input DUNE builds a knowledge base.

Some current databases already aim to achieve this. But the difference with DUNE is that the process is integrated into the system. No additional steps are needed to build this archive of knowledge.

Benefit to our clients:
Through PEG´s specific inputs, our turnkey clients will profit from a consolidated knowledge base. This ensures clients get exactly what is defined in their contract. It allows PEG to perform in the most efficient and accurate manner, whilst respecting and adhering to the assigned budgets. At the same time clients have the added benefit of being able to track and follow their budget in real time. Be they in their office or on the move as the system is web based. Dr Yung Min Tsai, Head of Civil Engineering and involved in DUNE´s transition into PEG commented: “Clients can very quickly get a picture of a projects progress and through better structure our operations will be more efficient, ultimately saving our clients time and money”.