Maintenance Shutdown

2018 Annual Maintenance Shutdown

Our annual 2018 maintenance shutdown dates are:

7 January through to the 1 February 2018

Planned routine maintenance activities included the demolition and replacement of refractory linings inside the kiln, preheater towers and general maintenance of associated equipment.

The following environmental controls and monitoring will be undertaken during the shutdown:

  • Refractory demolition activities will only be undertaken between 7am - 10pm
  • ABC staff will regularly assess noise emissions from the site for residential impacts

The 2018 Birkenhead shutdown will involve up to 300 employees and contractors working on a 24/7 basis.

A Key Environmental Improvement project in this shutdown will be the complete installation of gas condition spray system on both the 4A Bypass and the 4A Gas Conditioning Towers (GCT) to improve site stack emissions

Kiln maintenance shutdowns are a critical part of our overall plant performance and reliability. Each year we undergo a month long, major maintenance shutdown at our Birkenhead Plant. During this time we carry out all necessary maintenance to ensure the efficiency of operations.

MaintenanceAs temperatures inside the kiln typically reach 1500 degrees, various components are under enormous strain throughout the year. In between shutdowns we strive to minimise stoppages as part of our broader efforts to reduce any impacts our operations could have on the environment and surrounding communities.

During a shutdown period, we continue to supply product to our customers by producing cement from stockpiles of clinker.

During shutdowns we have a significant influx of contractors to the site - up to 300 at any time. With so many personnel on site, health and safety is a key focus. Any contractor performing duties at the Birkenhead Plant must undergo a safety and environmental induction which ensures all contractors are aware of environmental impacts that might arise during the maintenance shutdown.

Community Engagement

The Draft Adelaide Brighton Cement Birkenhead Plant Community Engagement Plan 2018 is now available for community review. All feedback from the community is welcome and the next revision will occur on the 30 June 2018. Please send all feedback via email to BirkenheadCommunity@adbri.com.au .
View our Draft Community Engagement Plan more >>

Frequently Asked Questions On Health

The Birkenhead plant and the local community have co-existed for over 100 years, with a large number of residents working for Adelaide Brighton Cement and living in the area. The local community often ask questions on the topic of health. We have prepared a list of frequently asked health questions. more >>

Environmental Improvement Program

Adelaide Brighton Cement maintains an ongoing Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP). The EIP is endorsed by the Environment Protection Authority and developed in consultation with the Community Liaison Group to continuously improve on our environmental footprint. To view the latest EIP please follow the link more >>