Kenya’s Mombasa Cement plans to expand production capacity
Kenya’s Mombasa Cement Limited (MCL), one of East Africa’s leading cement producers is planning to spend US$ 73m on the expansion of the factory’s production capacity.
This initiative, which will entail the investment of a new clinker and cement unit, was created as a result of East Africa’s construction boom.
MCL’s environmental lead expert Philip Omenge said the cement manufacturer now has a unit each for clinker and cement and also boasts an annual output of 1.6 million tonnes. The addition of the new units which will be located at Vipingo in Kilifi County is subject to approval by the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).
“The objective of expansion of Mombasa Cement’s Vipingo factory is to increase the current clinker production capacity from 3,000 tonnes of clinker per day to 9,000 tonnes per day,” said Omenge in a report to Nema.
Standard Investment Bank said cement consumption rose in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in 2014 was estimated at 10.16 million tonnes due to massive infrastructure projects in road, rail and energy sub sectors.
The industry is currently growing very fast with Dangote Cement of Nigeria planning to build US$395m cement plant in Kitui, Sanghi Group of India planning to establish a US$119m cement plant in West Pokot.
Mombasa Cement Limited is one of East Africa’s leading cement producers with an annual capacity of 1.6 million metric tonnes. It is the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly cement producers in East Africa.