Dalmia to kick off expansion initiatives, India

Dalmia to kick off expansion initiatives, India
Published: 12 December 2011

Dalmia Cement is set to start work soon on its proposed cement plants in Karnataka and Meghalaya, reports Business Line of India.

Mr T Venkatesan, who recently took over as Deputy Managing Director, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd, said the company’s expansion plans, which had been going slow till recently, are set to pick up pace.

Mr Venkatesan said the company will set up two plants in Belgaum and Gulbarga. Typically, Dalmia Cement envisages an initial capacity of about 2.5Mta for cement plants. The plants will be operational “two years from today,” he said.

Dalmia Cement operates a cement production capacity of about 9Mta, with two plants in Tamil Nadu – 4Mt in Dalmiapuram and 2.5Mt in Ariyalur – and 2.5Mt in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh.

In addition, through an associate company, OCL (in which it has a 45 per cent stake), it has an additional 5.3Mt, giving it a total production capacity of 14.3Mt.

Furthermore, the company has tied up with the Tiruchi Municipality to source non-degradable waste to fire its kiln in Dalmiapuram.

The company is set to kick off this initiative on a trial basis from Monday, said Mr JV Gungune, Executive Director, Dalmia Cements.

The Tiruchi Municipality handles about 450-500tpd of waste. The company will initially take about 60t of non-degradable waste (a third of it being plastics) to burn in its kiln and power plant.