Tula project major milestones
In May 2015, Cementos Fortaleza SA de CV awarded Fives with an EPC contract for the design, supply, erection and commissioning of a new complete 3,300 tpd production line to be installed in its existing Tula cement plant, in Mexico.
The project features Fives’ latest technologies in terms of energy savings and environmental footprint:
- FCB Kiln, FCB Zero-NOx Preca, FCB Preheater and Pillard NovaFlam® burner for the burning line
- FCB Horomill® and associated FCB TSV™ Classifiers for the raw meal and cement grinding plants
- FCB B-mill and associated FCB TSV™ Classifier for the petcoke grinding plant.
Since the construction start-up of the plant, the project has met major achievements. On December, 11, 2016, the first FCB Horomill® for cement grinding was commissioned. Then, on January, 31, 2017 the second unit was successfully started. Next steps are the commissioning of both the FCB Horomill® raw meal grinding plant and the FCB Kiln.
This project is an expansion of the Tula plant where Fives delivered, in 2006, a 1,500 tpd production line to Lafarge – the former owner, to increase its market share in Mexico.
The first clinker was produced in December 2005 and cement was produced in January 2006, i.e. only 24 months after the contract was signed. The plant was commissioned 4 months ahead of the contractual schedule.
As construction and commissioning of the plant were a real success in terms of industrial performance and safety, the Tula plant was rewarded the “Grand Safety Prize” from Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social.