Oman Cement is weighing up moves to boost its cement grinding capacity to keep pace with escalating demand.
Towards this end, the company has floated a tender for the selection of a consultant to study the best techno-commercial options for enhancing its cement grinding capacity. Based on the findings of the study, a tender will be floated during the next quarter for a turnkey contract for the implementation of the expansion project, Dr Abdullah Abbas Ahmed, Chairman, stated in the Board of Directors’ Report issued here yesterday.
The expansion is the latest in a series of upgrades undertaken by Oman Cement in recent years.
Earlier this year, the company commissioned the second phase of the expansion of its third clinker production line, boosting clinker production capacity by 4000tpd.
Following the commercial launch of the new kiln, which produced 191,840t of clinker during the first half of this year, the company has ceased imports of clinker.
Contracts have also been signed for the upgrade of the pollution control system of Line-1, as well as the capacity enhancement of Kiln Line 1. The total investment in these upgrades is OMR14.27m.
Meanwhile, Oman Cement registered a profit after tax of OMR7.330m for the six months ended June 30, 2011, against earnings of OMR18.285m for the corresponding period of 2010, which also included OMR7.338m in government reimbursements related to previous years.
Cement sales climbed to 944,566t during the first half of this year, against sales of 919,314t during the same period last year.