Kenya cement makers shift to coal use

Kenya cement makers shift to coal use
Published: 25 June 2010

The East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) intends to shift its source of energy from fuel oil to coal as an increasing number of local companies opt to generate their own electricity to lower power costs, improve reliability of supply and add new sources of revenue.

Capital Business reports that the company has already announced plans for a coal plant that includes the recycling of waste heat from its clinker lines.

"Cost of power has become a major concern for every industry and we don’t see the cost of power coming down. So most people who can afford to produce their own electricity are actually going for it," said Eng John Nyambok, the company’s Managing Director.

He said this would also see the company come up with more environmentally friendly products and by-products which will help in value addition.

Eng Nyambok said the installation of coal and bio-fuels by the company will help reduce the cost of energy drastically and enable the company save close to KES1bn per year.