Najran heats up performance

Published 04 February 2014

Najran Cement has undergone extensive modernisation over the last year with construction of a new 6500tpd line and a waste heat recovery plant, setting a new energy efficiency benchmark in the Saudi cement industry. By Muayad Matar, Najran Cement Co, Saudi Arabia.

Najran's suspension preheater.

Najran Cement Company (NCC)was established in 2005 as a Saudi closed joint-stock company with a paid-up capital of SAR1150m (US$306.6m). The company’s objective was to serve as a leading cement supplier in southern Saudi Arabia as well as exporting to Yemen.

Today it operates an integrated cement plant in the Sultana area of Najran province with a clinker capacity of 15,500tpd, making it the fifth-largest domestic producer. By positioning its cement plant and facilities close to the city of Najran, NCC hoped to contribute to the rapid development of the region. The company holds a quarry licence from the Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals for a 30km2 area. This contains limestone, clay, sandstone and gypsum deposits, which are large enough to supply the company for the next 100 years or more.

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