Kenya: East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) says that it is ready to resume full-scale cement production at its 600,000t/yr Athi River cement plant. The Standard newspaper has reported that the plant is currently operating at 50% capacity, following refurbishment. EAPCC replaced a 16m-long section of kiln shell in the plant’s clinker line, at a cost of US$3.5m. Managing director Oliver Kirubai said that the company raised the funds through the sale of land located in Athi River.
Kirubai said “Our employees have cut back a lot, in a situation where we have been struggling even to pay their salaries. We are now back on our feet.” He added “A number of companies owed us millions of Shillings. They have been ordered to pay us by the government. If they honour the agreement, the problem we are facing will be a thing of the past.”
EAPCC says that it expects the scale-up of production at the Athi River plant to help lower the cost of cement for its customers.