Portland completes Sh0.5 billion plant upgrade – Kenya News Agency
After replacing its Kiln Shell which had been damaged for many years, East African Portland Cement Plc was able to resume cement production from its own cement clinker. This was in response to frequent downtimes.
The plant upgrade, which cost Sh0.5 billion saw the firm cut out 16 metres of its Kiln’s shell and replaced it with a new one.
According to the firm’s Managing Director Eng. Oliver Kirubai, the upgrade, which is part of the company’s recently launched five-year strategic plan that is pegged on a long-term performance driven cycle to put it back firmly on a profitability path, had been overdue and the completion of this project was a major milestone for the Company.
“We have already started producing our own Clinker after an upgrade of our Kiln. The upgrade will result in improved plant reliability and a nearly 50% increase in output. Blue Triangle Cement will be produced in plenty and availed across the country,” said Mr. Kirubai.
He also noted that an upgrade and optimal running the plant will lead to efficient energy use.
This means that the company can produce its products at a price that allows it to offer Blue Triangle Cement to customers at lower prices.
Eng. Kirubai gave an assurance to customers that the company was now fully back to operations and that Blue Triangle Cement orders will be serviced within the agreed turnaround times in line with the Customer Service Charter.
The firm’s Head of Plant Operations Eng. Stanley Irungu stated that the Kiln will be running continuously, resulting in increased clinker production.
“We have been waiting to undertake this project and now that it is done, we can guarantee continuous plant availability,” said Eng. Irungu.
He added that with optimal running, the company will be able to produce enough quality clinker to grind cement that will satisfy its market.
By Joseph Ng’ang’a