Bamburi completes construction of $39mn production line
Bamburi Cement has completed the construction of its new production line at its $39million Nairobi Grinding Plant with commissioning expected in the last quarter of the year.
Increased cement production will benefit Bamburi with the new line injecting an additional production capacity of 900,000 metric tonnes per year to increase total capacity at the Plant to 2.4 million metric tonnes per annum taking the annual combined total capacity of its two plants (Nairobi and Mombasa) to 3.2 million metric tonnes per annum.
Additionally, the new development will see Bamburi Cement start production of two high strength cement brands. Power Plus and Power Max were previously only produced at the company’s Mombasa Plant.
The competition of the production line marks the end of the first phase of the company’s ambitious capacity expansion program, which commenced in 2015. The Nairobi Plant was only producing Tembo and Nguvu brands prior to the redevelopment.
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Bamburi CEO Mr. Seddiq Hassani said: “The contractor is on schedule and will soon be handing the project over to the company for full operation. Further, we are happy that the line has produced the first bag of cement three days ahead of the scheduled time. The next phase is to conduct tests on the system for efficiency and thereafter commission it.
“As a company, we are keen to support the government’s Big Four Agenda in which the sector is expected to contribute 15% of the Gross Domestic (GDP) by 2022.”