Cement plant exports to UAE

Demand for white cement in the UAE prompts Pakistan to import a third plant that will produce 500 tonnes per day

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  March 25, 2006

A newly built white cement plant in Pakistan, with a daily production capacity of 500 tonnes, has begun exporting cement to the Middle East and Afghanistan. The plant, imported from Germany, cost over US $17 million and was bought by the Kohat Cement Company with a view to meeting the increasing needs of the construction business in Afghanistan and the UAE, where white cement is in high demand. According to a news report, Colonel Shahadat, general administration manager of Kohat Cement Company, said that prior to the new plant, the company had only a small-scale plant operating in Thatta in the south of the country, with a production capacity of 200 tonnes per day. In addition, a second 6,700-tonne grey cement plant is being imported from China at an estimated cost of $67 million, to meet the massive demand for grey cement in Afghanistan. And this plant is expected to start production by the middle of this year. Shahadat also said that orders for various parts of the plant were given to different Chinese companies to save time. He added that with the commissioning of both plants, more than 500 skilled, semi-skilled and highly skilled jobs, and 1,000 jobs for unskilled labour, would be generated, helping to alleviate Pakistan’s huge unemployment problem. Due to the heavy cost of electricity and furnace oil in the country, the 200-tonne white cement plant was converted from running on electricity to coal, but all three plants are now set to be switched to gas, with either furnace oil or coal as an alternative option in an emergency.

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