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Kenya’s Bamburi Cement to expand operations

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Kenya-based Bamburi Cement, part of LafargeHolcim, is to expand capacity at its Athi River cement grinding plant by 0.9 million tpy to 2.4 million tpy. Following the upgrade, Bamburi’s total production capacity in Kenya will stand at 3.2 million tpy.

The expansion comes as the company aims to keep up with demand in Kenya, where the construction market is expected to record growth of 8.5% this year and 9.9% next year, according to BMI Research.

There is “huge demand for cement for national government and counties infrastructure projects,” a Bamburi spokesperson told World Cement. The expansion would help to “protect our market share”.

It is the latest capacity expansion in the East African country. In December last year, Savannah Cement said it would add a second grinding plants to double its capacity to 2.4 million tpy. Savannah’s announcement was followed in February by ARM Cement’s plans to raise its grinding capacity by 50% at its 1 million tpy plant.

Bamburi’s new plant will take 18 months to build; construction began in January 2017. It will include a new 140 tph Loesche vertical roller mill (VRM), cement storage silos from CNBM, and a new 120 tph Haver & Boecker cement packing plant, as well as auxiliary equipment.

VRMs consume less electrical power per tonne of when compared with the more traditional ball mill technology, the spokesperson explained, reducing power consumption by about 25%. The plant expansion will also be equipped with the best technology to manage emissions.

Excavation works at the project have been completed, with civil works currently underway. Structural work is expected to start next month.

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