Kenyan producer to double capacity

Kenyan producer to double capacity
Published: 25 November 2010

Athi River Mining, Kenya’s third-largest cement maker, will double its cement production capacity in early 2011, after it upgrades an existing plant and builds a new one, Chief Executive Officer Pradeep Paunrana reports.

The company is upgrading its Kaloleni production plant in the coastal city of Mombasa and building a new cement facility in Athi River, 35km from the capital, Nairobi, he said.

“The upgrading and construction work is about to be finished, and we expect to raise our daily production to 2500t from the current 1250t by January,” Paunrana said in an interview in Nairobi.

The company, which has a 12 per cent share of the Kenyan cement market, also plans to complete construction of a plant with a capacity of 4500tpd by 2012 in Tanga, Tanzania. “When all these projects are commissioned, we will be the largest cement producer in the East African region,” Paunrana said.