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 New success for Fives FCB in Brazil 


A new success for Fives FCB through the signature on October 31st, 2011 of a contract with the HOLCIM group for the supply and the supervision of erection and commissioning of a new 4500 tpd clinker production line.

This production line, one of the most modern in the world, will increase the production capacity of HOLCIM Brazil by 50 % to reach 7.9 million tpy of cement in 2014, and will enable them to fulfil the huge cement consumption of the country.


This new production line will be installed near an existing line in Barroso cement plant, in the state of Minas Gerais, 200 km from Belo Horizonte and 300 km from Rio de Janeiro. The new equipment installed upstream and downstream the new kiln line will be common to the two lines. Some existing workshops will be retrofitted.


The project concerns the supply of a 4,500 tpd clinker production line, from raw materials crushing to clinker silo and cement silos. Fives FCB will supply the detailed engineering of the plant, as well as the civil design and the technical supervision during erection and commissioning, and will supply mechanical and electrical equipment, plate works, and steel structures.

Production of first clinker with the new line is planned in May 2014, i.e. 130 weeks after coming into force of the contract.


The main parts of the new plant are:

The primary crushing with a 1,400 tph gyratory crusher located in the quarry N. 2 Mata do Ribeiro

The secondary crushing with two cone crushers and a sieve for a production of 900 tph, located in the quarry N.1 Capoeira Grande

The additives and petcoke crushers located in the plant

The raw meal grinding with a Horomill® 4400 and a TSV™ 7000 BF classifier to ensure a 420 tph raw meal production This is the biggest Horomill® ever designed.

A 10,000 t homogenising silo

The kiln line with:

   - 5-stage single string preheater with low pressure drop cyclones dia. 9.0/9.0/8.6/8.6/2x7.0m

  •    - a Zero-NOx precalciner dia. 5.8 m

   - a kiln dia. 5 m x L 72 m

   - a clinker grate cooler  4.4 x 27 m

   - a petcoke grinding plant with ball mill dia. 3.8 m x  L 9.75 m and TSV™ 3000 MF for a 44 tph production

   - AFR preparation

Clinker storage with a 35,000 t silo

Cement dispatching with:

   - A 21,000 t capacity multi-cell silo with 5 truck bulk loading spouts

   - A 10,000 t capacity silo with bulk loading system and distribution to existing packing system

   A palletizing machine


To ensure its strategic development in Brazil, the HOLCIM group renewed its confidence in Fives FCB. Technical challenges and delivery times will be important aspects for Fives FCB to attest once more its ability to design and supply complete cement plants all over the world.

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