Bamburi Cement’s capacity expansion project at its Athi-River cement grinding plant is moving forward and is poised to begin major construction starting next month. This, after all per-construction activities have been completed.
The grinding plant capacity expansion project commenced in January this year and is set to inject additional production capacity of 900,000 metric tonnes per year, with the overall annual combined total capacity of Bamburi cement’s two plants in Athi River and Mombasa will increase to 3.2million metric tonnes after completion.The project, which is scheduled to be commissioned by mid next year, will see Bamburi Cement install a Vertical Cement Mill (VCM), becoming the first cement maker in the Country to use this latest technology in cement manufacturing.
‘In January, we embarked on this 18-month project to construct a new cement grinding line at our Athi River, and with civil works currently underway, structural work is set to commence next month”, said Bruno Pescheux, Managing Director of Bamburi Cement.
This is the first phase of Bamburi’s capacity expansion plan, underscoring the company’s commitment to continued operation and investment in the country.This project comes at a time when the demand for cement is projected to grow in the coming years, a growth attributed to the investment in the construction sector mainly in the individual home builder segment and in major infrastructural activities by both national and county governments.
“This move is guided by the projected growth in the Kenya construction industry in the next decade and beyond,” added Mr. Pescheux.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, cement consumption, a key indicator in the building and construction industry, has been on the rise for the past few years. Last year, it went up by 10.5 per cent to 6.3 million tonnes from 5.7 tonnes in 2015. In 2014, consumption was at 5.2 million tonnes.BMI Research, a company that analyses industry trends, projects that the local construction industry will grow 8.7 per cent this year and remain steady up until 2026 with an annual growth of 6.2 per cent.
Bamburi Cement Limited, a subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim, and is the leading cement manufacturing and marketing Company in the Eastern Africa region, having been operational for 63 years. It has three subsidiaries Hima Cement Ltd (Uganda), Bamburi Special Products Ltd and Lafarge Ecosystems Ltd.