Cemex, a Mexican owned cement company, developed this 1.2 million ton plant at Tilbury Docks in London. This facility is the largest of its kind in the UK cement industry, final project costs are estimated at £49M. The plant produces three different mixtures of cement using recycled materials such as power station ash and blast furnace slag. The plant is fully automated and achieves significant running cost savings when compared to its competitors by using cutting edge production equipment like its vertical grind mill, the first of its type in the country.
Designer Group entered into a joint venture with the French organisation SNEF to secure this contract and to work in partnership to deliver this complex industrial project.
Designer Group carried out installation of the following services
- L1 fire alarm system using a combination of addressable smoke and rate of rise heat detectors
- High voltage infrastructure and installation, the HV cable installation was installed within the fabric of the facility due to the high power demand of the mills, heavy plant and conveyors.
- A structured cabling data highway linking key areas to the facility mainframe.
- An extensive building management and control system cabling network.
- The plant is fully automated and required an extensive amount of instrumentation equipment networking. The process is monitored from the gypsum/limestone reception, through the hopper and silo sections to the mixer building frame.
- A challenging lighting installation to illuminate working areas shaded by large operating plant and towering storage units.
- Traditional electrical installation, general power services, containment, lighting and emergency lighting, etc.