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Kenyan cement companies eye capacity increases

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Kenyan cement companies are seeking to increase their installed cement grinding capacities to meet rising demand for cement and cement products in the East African country.

According to Environmental Impact Assessment study reports lodged with the Kenyan National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), both Bamburi Cement and Savannah Cement have asked to increase the capacity of existing grinding plants in Athi-River, a town just outside the country’s capital, Nairobi.

Bamburi Cement, a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim and the largest cement producer in Kenya, has applied to increase the capacity of its Nairobi Grinding Plant from 1.5 million tpy to 2.3 million tpy. The expansion project would include the installation of a 130 tph vertical grinding mill and auxiliary equipment, including feed hoppers, transport conveyors and conveyor silos.

A new 130 tph cement packing machine would also be installed, while a new 12.5 mVA transformer would also be required to ensure supply of adequate power. The total cost of the project is estimated in the EIA study report to be KES902 million (US$8.7 million).

The Nairobi Grinding Plant was commissioned in 1998 with an initial grinding capacity of 1 million tpy. Capacity was increased to its current 1.5 million t in 2009.

Meanwhile, Savannah Cement – a relatively new entrant to Kenya’s cement sector – is proposing to double the capacity of its existing grinding plant in Athi-River from 1.2 million tpy to 2.4 million tpy at a cost of KES1 billion (US$9.6 million). The expansion would include the addition of a second grinding line, comprising vertical cement mill, belt conveyors and dust control. Storage and infrastructure required for project construction and operation are already in place.

Kenya’s cement demand has been spurred by a number of large infrastructure projects, including the construction of a standard gauge railway between Mombassa and Nairobi. Cement consumption grew 5.3% in 3Q16, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

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