Bamburi Cement’s capacity expansion project at its
Athi-River cement grinding plant is moving forward and is poised
to begin major construction starting next month.
This, after all pre-construction
activities have been completed.
The grinding plant capacity expansion
project commenced in January this year and is set to inject
additional production capacity of 900,000 metric tonnes per
year, with the overall annual combined total capacity of Bamburi
cement’s two plants in Athi River and Mombasa will increase to
3.2million metric tonnes after completion.
The project, which is scheduled to be
commissioned by mid next year, will see Bamburi Cement install a
Vertical Cement Mill (VCM), becoming the first cement maker in
the Country to use this latest technology in cement
‘In January, we embarked on this
18-month project to construct a new cement grinding line at
our Athi River, and with civil works currently underway,
structural work is set to commence next month”, said Bruno
Pescheux, Managing Director of Bamburi Cement.
This is the first phase of Bam-buri’s
capacity expansion plan, underscoring the company’s commitment
to continued operation and investment in the country.
This project comes at a time when the
demand for cement is projected to grow in the coming years, a
growth attributed to the investment in the construction sector
mainly in the individual home builder segment and in major
infrastructural activities by both national and county
“This move is guided by the projected
growth in the Kenya construction industry in the next decade
and beyond,” added Mr. Pescheux. According to the Kenya
National Bureau of Statistics, cement consumption, a key
indicator in the building and construction industry, has
been on the rise for the past few years.
Last year, it went up by 10.5 percent
to 6.3 million tonnes from 5.7 tonnes in 2015. In 2014,
consumption was at 5.2 million tonnes.
BMI Research, a company that analyses
industry trends, projects that the local construction industry
will grow 8.7 percent this year and remain steady up until 2026
with an annual growth of 6.2 percent.