Top independent coal ash processor and marketer Charah LLC has added a Sulphur, La., terminal to a distribution system of multiple sourcing locations across the country, aimed at ensuring concrete producers and other customers a steady and reliable supply of Class C and Class F fly ash. The new site offers Greater Lake Charles/Sulfur Area producers Class F fly ash, and is the second barge-supplied location in southern Louisiana—alongside a LaPlace terminal serving in state, Mississippi and Alabama accounts.
|Charah’s recently opened Sulphur silo, servicing southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas.|
“As one of the leading fly ash marketing companies, we’re ready with a dedicated team of sales and logistics experts. We have built many excellent relationships with utilities around the country, which gives us a real advantage when it comes to providing our customers with a continuous supply of fly ash when and where they need it,” says Scott Ziegler, vice president of Ash Sales and Marketing for Louisville, Ky.-based Charah, who points to these recent investments dovetailing the Louisiana capacity expansion:
• Worcester, Mass., terminal. The recent retirement of Dynegy’s Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass., has created greater demand for fly ash in the Northeast. Anticipating critical market need, Charah expanded its MultiSource network in January 2017 with a Worcester rail terminal, located near the Massachusetts Turnpike and major trucking arteries. While the terminal is currently operating as a rail-to-truck transload facility, the installation of product silos will soon increase storage and distribution flexibility to serve Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island customers.
• Oklahoma City Metro terminal. Growing oilfield work has increased demand for quality fly ash in the Great Plains. Charah’s new Oklahoma City terminal is equipped to supply the area from two MultiSource power plant sources; with easy access to Interstates 35 and 40, the facility serves customers throughout Greater Oklahoma City Metro and surrounding areas.
• Fontana, Calif., terminal. The MultiSource network now extends to the West Coast. In California, where coal-fired electricity generation plants at the end of 2015 represented less than 6 percent of the energy used to serve the state, the Fontana terminal provides the Greater Los Angeles area much-needed quality fly ash.
CEMENT SHIPMENTS STEADY
Weighing market data and conservative baseline estimates for infrastructure spending and tax reform, Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan projects U.S. cement shipments increasing at 3.5 percent rates for 2017 and 2018. “While fiscal stimulus will boost consumption, other economic indicators will temper growth,” he told attendees of the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference in Calgary. “Infrastructure policies also take time to implement, so you could be looking at 11 to 22 months before new projects truly get underway.”
Tax reform will have a key impact on cement consumption, as it drives consumer spending and confidence that play heavily with the housing sector. “When you hire a worker, you hire a taxpayer,” Sullivan observed, noting that additional funds generated from consumer taxes and spending will help drive moderate growth in public construction and housing markets. “The underlying fundamentals supporting economic growth are positive, though we’ll maintain a watch on how the U.S. government addresses possible inflation and immigration policy,” he concluded.