ASEC to Manage Sudanese Cement Plant

ASEC to Manage Sudanese Cement Plant
Published: 15 July 2010

ASEC Holding announced that Portfolio Company ASEC Engineering and Management has signed a three-year renewable contract to provide technical management services for Alsalam Cement Production Company (ACPC)’s cement plant near Atbara in Sudan.

The Atbara plant produces clinker, which is then ground with gypsum to make cement. The plant has a production capacity of approximately 2000tpd of clinker. ASEC Engineering will receive a fixed fee for every ton of clinker produced in return for a guaranteed minimum annual production and a pledge to reduce the plant’s consumption of electrical power and fuel.

“We look forward to developing a strategy that optimizes the efficiency of Alsalam’s production process,” said ASEC Engineering Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Galal Yakout, who noted the contract is the company’s second in Sudan.

ACPC was established in 2003 and is owned by the Ahmad Osman Abdulsalam Group. The plant near Atbara is currently ACPC’s sole operation, although it is in initial planning stages for the construction of a second plant.

ASEC Engineering will also be responsible for the technical management of ASEC Cement’s nearby Takamol plant, which is in advanced stages of operational testing. Scheduled to open in July, the plant will have a capacity of 1.45Mta of clinker and 1.6Mta of cement, reducing Sudan’s national cement deficit of 3Mta by more than half.