Madras Cements boosts grinding and power generation capacity

Madras Cements boosts grinding and power generation capacity

India-based producer Madras Cements is currently in the process of increasing grinding capacity at two of its cement works while two power generation projects are set to become operational in the current quarter.

The company notes in its 2011-12 annual report that is Ramasamy Raja Nagar plant is in the process of installing a roll press to increase cement grinding capacity from 210tph to 260pth. The project is expected to be commissioned in March 2013.

Meanwhile, at its Salem grinding unit, the company is increasing capacity from 90tph to 230tph and this project is scheduled to be commissioned in FY12-13.

In terms of power generation, a 5MW heavy-fuel oil based power generator was commissioned in August 2011 while at its Ariyalur facility, the company commissioned a 2x20MW thermal power plant during FY10-11. Another 20MW thermal power plant is scheduled for commissioning in 1QFY12-13. Furthermore, a  25MW power plant at Ramasamy Raja Nagar will also be commissioned during the quarter.

On its outlook, the company expects an eight per cent growth in cement demand due to increases in infrastructure projects. “The company expects to sustain and improve the output levels of all the units during the year. Also, the company will have the benefit of increased production from its new projects, which will enable the company to meet the increased market demand for cement,” it said in the report.