News bulletin 26:
News bulletin 26: 30 Jun 2020

In what may be an industry-first, concrete that used geopolymers in place of Portland cement is to be made available for temporary works by Keltbray, who are working with Wagners to test their Earth Friendly Concrete for this purpose in the UK.

Infrastructure WA is seeking feedback on its 'A Stronger Tomorrow – State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper' that looks to the next 20 years. The paper poses 22 questions and is inviting  submissions by Friday 21 August 2020.

Cemex says it has plans to accelerate the rollout of proven technologies for all manufacturing plants, produce novel clinkers with lower heat consumption, use alternative decarbonated raw materials and increase the use of alternative fuels. Cemex also aims to substitute clinker with alternative cementitious materials, use admixtures to enhance strength, and adopt new grinding technologies to improve performance.

LafargeHolcim's Austrian subsidiary is planning to construct a full-scale plant by 2030 to capture close to 100% of its annually emitted 700,000 tons of CO₂ and use it as a resource to process it into synthetic fuels, plastics or other chemicals. Meanwhile, HeidelbergCement has published its 2019 Sustainability Report that features the current status of emission reduction and research on technologies that enable CO₂ savings on a large scale.

With the aim of sustainably decarbonising the industrial sector, Siemens Energy is working with Thermal Batteries made from a specially formulated concrete (Heatcrete) which is heated using high temperature heat transfer fluid that passes through steel pipes inside the units.

Fixed price engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts that are used for the bulk of Australian major projects contain inappropriate contractual risk allocation, according to Pinsent Masons lawyers, and are often accompanied by a lack of effective collaboration and poor project management.