Trinidad & Tobago’s (T&T) Prime Minister, the Honourable Mrs Kamla Persad Bissessar, during her recent trip to Jamaica, attended the July 8 commemoration ceremony of Caribbean Cement Co. Ltd.’s Kiln 5/ Mill 5 projects. The function, which was also well attended by members of both the Jamaican and T&T Governments, was held at the company’s Rockfort, Kingston facilities and included a plant tour of the Kiln 5 and Mill 5 sites.
The completion of the Kiln 5 and Mill 5 projects signaled the culmination of the TCL Group’s expansion and modernization of its operations throughout the region, which began in 2004. Kiln 5 – the new state-of-the art precalciner dry-process kiln was commissioned in August 2008, after a two- year construction period and over 2.3 million man hours worked. The introduction of this kiln has significantly increased Carib Cement’s clinker (the intermediate product in the production of cement) manufacturing capacity. With the commissioning of Mill 5 in October 2009, Carib Cement’s cement manufacturing capability is now in excess of 1.8Mta. This forms part of the TCL Group’s medium-term strategic goal of achieving a combined cement production level of 3.5Mt across its three plants (Trinidad Cement, Arawak Cement and Carib Cement).
The successful completion of these projects at Carib Cement has undoubtedly enhanced the Group’s capability to reliably supply Caricom’s demand for cement. Currently, the TCL Group has a productive capacity of 2,515,164tpa compared to CARICOM’s demand of 2,160,000tpa. Additionally, the Group has reserve capacity of approximately 560,640tpa.