Scanning ARM's Kaloleni kiln
ARM Cement, one of east Africa's major cement producers, recently installed a new kiln scanner to monitor the kiln shell of its Kaloleni plant near Mombasa, Kenya. With a scan angle of 140˚, the HGH Kilnscan was particularly suited to the equipment configuration at the plant, which allowed for only 10m of distance between shell and scanner. By Gildas Chauvel, HGH Infrared Systems, France.
ARM Cement Ltd is Kenya’s second-largest cement producer with 1Mta of capacity from two plants. Its Athi River works is located a few kilometres from the capital Nairobi and the other plant is situated in Kaloleni, in north Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city and one of east Africa’s main ports.
As Kenya aims to become the hub of regional trade through the completion of its ‘Vision 2030’ development programme, the region is forecasting significant economic growth. This process includes a series of improvements to local infrastructure, such as the construction of new terminals in Mombasa to double the port’s container handling capacity by 2020. As a result, domestic cement consumption is expected to rise significantly.