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East African Portland Cement resumes operations
Kenya: East African Portland Cement (EAPCC) has recommenced operations at its Athi River cement plant after a one-month shutdown for renovations and maintenance. The plant has undergone a US$3m upgrade to expand its capacity in order to meet the increasing regional demand for cement, anticipating an annual production of 1Mt/yr within the next two years. Before the upgrade, the plant’s capacity was 310,000t/yr. Board chairperson Richard Mbithi said critical components used in cement production processes such as filter bags and refractory bricks were replaced during the upgrade. EAPCC also refurbished its grate cooler system, enabling the company to increase its production targets. Mbithi said “With the finalisation of the plant refurbishment and the resultant improved production and efficiency, we are confident that the company will accomplish the production and revenue targets.” The company undertook the first phase of maintenance two years ago and it involved the replacement of the kiln shell which was completed in September 2022. This led to improved clinker and cement production and resulted in a 38% increase in revenues, according to the Star Kenya. /Global Cement

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