Cement Industries (Sabah) Sdn Bhd (CIS) has increased its cement supply to ensure sufficient cement to meet the Sabah state market requirements.
General Manager Kenny Yong said cement supply for Sabah and the Labuan Federal Territory had returned to normal since last month. He said his company had procured raw material supply to the Sepanggar grinding plant here and had brought in bulk and bagged cement from Peninsular Malaysia and overseas to meet cement needs for Sabah and Labuan.
Last month, CIS supplied a total of 124,000t and would continue to provide 130,000t of cement a month, he said in a statement.
"CIS will supply 3500tpd from the Sepanggar grinding plant for the west coast of Sabah and Labuan and 2000tpd from the Lahad Datu bulk cement terminal for the east coast covering Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Semporna and Tawau," he said.
Yong said the amount should be more than enough to meet the state’s needs.
"Subsequently, CIS has just upgraded its cement storage capacity to another 15,000t at Sepanggar and construction work on the additional 15,000t capacity at Lahad Datu cement terminal have already started. "With these added facilities, CIS will be able to ensure consistent cement supply to the market", he said.
Yong forecast that cement demand in Sabah and Labuan was 1.35Mt, reflecting an increase of 4.6 per cent from last year, which was recorded at 1.29Mt.