South Africa-based cement producer PPC embarked on an extensive modernisation and expansion programme to meet future demand with competitive and energy-efficient plants which comply with future changes to the country’s environmental legislation. However, the company’s drive for transformation touches beyond the purely technological. By Pretoria Portland Cement, South Africa.
As a result of the modernisation programme, the company estimates that it will be able to satisfy the Western Cape’s cement demand for the next three decades to match the limestone reserve at the adjacent Zoutkloof Quarry. The programme will see an upgrade of the Riebeeck West and De Hoek cement plants in three phases. The first phase saw the ZAR280m (US$32m) upgrade of De Hoek’s Kiln 6 – a task started in March 2010 and successfully completed in July 2012.