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HeidelbergCement completes commissioning at expanded Indian plants

World Cement,

Following successful trial runs in November 2012 – January 2013, HeidelbergCement has officially completed the commissioning process at three plants in Central India that have undergone expansion work. At the Jhansi plant in Uttar Pradesh, cement grinding capacity has risen from 0.8 million tpa to 2.7 million tpa, while at the Imlai plant in Damoh, Madhya Pradesh, cement grinding capacity has been doubled to reach 2 million tpa. Clinker production capacity at the company’s Narsingarh plant, also located in Damoh, was increased to 3.1 million tpa from 1.2 million tpa. This clinker produced here is used at both the Imlai and Jhansi plants. A 20 km overland belt conveyor was also built to transport limestone from the quarry to Narsingarh.

In total, capital expenditure for the expansion projects came to €216 million. The work has increased HeidelbergCement India Ltd’s cement production capacity from 3.1 million tpa to 6 million tpa.

Commenting on the expansion projects, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, said: “The commissioning of new cement capacities in Central India is an important milestone of our strategy of focusing on expanding our clinker and cement capacities in fast growing emerging markets. Cement demand in India has been growing consistently at about 6% – 8% for the last two years and we expect it to further increase in the coming years. We understand that the Indian Government will be investing US$1 trillion in infrastructure projects over the next five years which will fuel the growth in the country.”

Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham.

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