Mombasa Cement to double output at its Athi River plant

Mombasa Cement has unveiled plans to double annual production volume to 3.2 million metric tonnes, making it the latest manufacturer to crank up capacity despite the recent cooling off of the construction sector.

Director Hasmukh Patel said the planned expansion of the Athi River grinding plant will enable the firm meet the growing domestic demand.

The demand stood at 6.3 million metric tonnes in December 2016 against a production of 6.7 million metric tonnes—meaning the industry is operating in excess capacity.

Mr Patel’s request for expansion is contained in regulatory findings at the environmental agency. He said the new facility will produce Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC) and Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) that will be bagged in 50 kilogramme bags as well as packaged via an overhead chute into cement tankers for onward delivery to large consumers.

The firm, which is the second largest cement maker after Bamburi Cement said the new facility will comprise a cement grinding mill, go-downs and clinker stock pile, two cement storage silos, a packaging plant and bulk cement loading.

Mr Patel said the new development will see them employ more people with the county national governments enjoying higher revenues drawn from higher sales of cement in the East African region.

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