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Linyi steel factories shutdown – Sunstone not affected

Written by Paul Adkins

Reuters today carried a story that several steel and nickel pig iron factories in the Shandong city of Linyi have been ordered to close as a result of the crackdown on pollution in China.

Our friends at Sunstone have advised us that this shutdown had no effect on their operations.  Although their flagship anode factory is in Linyi in Shandong province, it’s actually in Linyi county, not Linyi city. Those of you who visited the factory as part of our 2012 conference might remember that the train station is called Dezhou.   Sunstone’s factory is in Dezhou city in Linyi county.

It’s business as usual for China’s leading anode producer.


More Sunstone plant pictures

Written by Paul Adkins

We are receiving more and more questions about the optional anode plant tour that is being hosted by Sunstone on May 25th so we thought we’d post more pictures. As we blogged about previously, it’s a worthwhile visit and getting out to see the coutryside is indeed a great way to end out the conference week! Register for the tour before May 10th by emailing charissa.trahms@az-china.com.

Worth the time

Written by Paul Adkins

Last Friday, I made the journey from the conference hotel in Qing Dao to Sunstone’s anode plant in Linyi.   Sunstone have offered to bring interested delegates to their plant as part of the conference.

It’s a long journey.   It takes at least 20 minutes to get from the hotel to the Qing Dao railway station.   The train to Dezhou East takes a little over 3 hours.   Then it’s another hour to get to the plant.

But once you get there, you are in for a treat.   This is how a modern-day anode plant should look and operate.   After a lunch in the plant canteen, we were taken upstairs to watch a safety video.   We were then kitted out in safety gear – helmet, goggles, face mask, gloves, dust coat and ID badge.

All visitors must watch a safety video and wear the correct gear








The first port of call is the water treatment facility.   The water is clean enough at the discharge point that a dozen goldfish were enjoying the setup.

We walked through the green coke storage barn, then on to a calciner.   The plant has 6 calciners in total, all of them vertical shafts.   It’s always refreshing to see that the old days of wheel barrows under the shafts are now well gone.   So too with the waste heat recovery and scrubbing technology – this plant generates 4.5MW of electricity, and there was no sign of discharge from the plant.

We didn’t get to see the blending and sizing section (I doubt many anode plants will let you see their “recipe”) but we did go and see the anode forming area.   The plant has a dual-line operation, so that while one anode is being cleared from the mould for cooling, the mix is being loaded into a second mould for vibro forming.   (And even the vibro former was less “shaky” than I am used to in other plants.  We could actually talk while it was working.)

The baking furnaces were also cleaner than I have seen in other anode plants, or even those at Western plants that I have visited.

Inside the Bake Ovens at Sunstone Linyi







All in all, it was well worth the time it took to get there from Qing Dao.   If you are coming to our conference in May, and are interested in seeing a world-class anode production facility, please contact Charissa Trahms in our office – charissa.trahms@az-china.com.

We can’t shorten the time it takes, but you can still work on the train, and it is also interesting to see the Chinese countryside, and experience China’s bullet trains.

This event is an optional extra for delegates, and will cost $100 per delegate.   Please book quickly, as spaces are limited.   The fee includes the cost of buses and train to the plant, plus snacks on the train and lunch at the plant.   The plant visit will be held on the Friday following the conference, May 25.   We will take you back from the plant to the railway station at Dezhou East.   You can then decide to take the train back to Qing Dao, down to Shanghai or up to Beijing, as the station serves all 3 destinations.    (Onwards journeys following the plant visit will be up to you to book.)

It is well worth the time it takes to get there.

May 25th – Anode plant visit

Written by Paul Adkins

For those planning to attend our May 22-24, 2012 conference in Qingdao, we have added an optional day trip on May 25th. Our major sponsor, Sunstone, will be hosting a visit to their 300Kt anode plant in Linyi.  What better way to truly understand China’s fast-growing anode industry than to see it for yourself.

Sunstone is one of China’s leading anode producers and exporters, and we are delighted that this prestigious company has joined us as our major sponsor.   When you visit the Linyi plant, you will see for yourself first-hand, the reason why more and more people are buying anodes from China.   This was the most talked-about theme at the recent TMS, so it is our pleasure to invite you to witness it for yourself.

The visit will take all day Friday, as it will include a bullet train and a bus each way.   Lunch will be provided at the plant, and we will have you back at the Shangri-La Hotel by the end of the day.  The round trip will take about 10 hours, including all travel, the plant visit and lunch.  It’s also a great chance to try China’s new bullet trains!

If you’ve already registered but would like to join the exciting Friday excursion as well, please email charissa.trahms@az-china.com

Linyi, Shandong Province

Another new calciner coming

Written by Paul Adkins

Another petcoke calcination plant will be joining China’s fleet of calciners.

This one will be constructed and operated by Daqing Gaoxin, perhaps better known for their trading activities in green coke, calcined coke and coal tar pitch.   The calciner will be built in Cangzhou, Hebei Province, a small industrial town very close to Tianjin.   That also puts it in close proximity to Dagang calciner as well as quite a number of oil refineries.   Daqing aoxin also plans to make use of the nearby deep sea port to bring green coke up from south China.   Guo Yunfei, General Manager of Daqing Gaoxin, told me that he hopes to make use of the domestic coal shipping industry.   “Many ships taking coal from north China come back empty, so we should be able to get excellent freight rates.”

The calciner will be built in 2 stages, and when finished will have 600,000t capacity.   Early engineering work has commenced, and construction will begin in June.   Daqing Gaoxin hope the calciner operating by the second quarter of 2013.  As with many calciners in China, the technology will be “home-grown”, but using vertical shafts as the basis.

By my count, that makes 4 calciners under construction in China, along with Sinoway Carbon in Weifang (280,000t potentially growing to over 1 million), ZCGG, and Sunstone.

And most seem to intend to build anode plants in conjunction with their new CPC plant.

Rain CII announces new calciner

Written by Paul Adkins

Rain CII has announced they are to build a new calcining plant in India.

The plant will be located in Visakhapatnam, by their existing plant, allowing them to maximise use of the existing infrastructure there.

The plant will comprise an annual capacity of 460,000 tonnes, to be built in two phases. Construction of the first phase of 230,000 tonnes to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2012 with completion targeted for 2nd quarter of 2013. The second phase will be completed by the 2nd quarter of 2014.

Ron Garbarino, Vice President of Sales for Rain CII, told me by email that the plant will make use of vertical shaft technology, which contrasts with Visak’s horizontal kiln. Ron’s view is that offering the two technologies allows Rain CII to offer the best of both worlds to clients, as well as affording them flexibility according to the properties of the green cokes that might be available in the future.

The plant will include a 20-megwatt co-generation facility.

After some years of having no new calciners enter the market, we are now flush with new projects, though perhaps not all of them will come to reality. Apart from this Rain CII plant, there is the 560,000t plant being built by Sinoway and Goa,the 500,000t expansion by ZCGG (now called Surun), the plant in Saudi Arabia, and talk of a plant in Brazil. As well, Guwahati in India has been looking at expanding their capacity, and Sunstone is building a plant in the north west of China, though that plant is targeting the new smelters in that area.