Kuching (Sarawak), Thursday, 7 May 2015. Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB – 2852), the State’s leading infrastructure facilitator, is pleased to announce that its Cement Division, Sarawak’s sole cement and clinker manufacturer is in the midst of achieving a major milestone with regards to the construction of its third cement grinding plant being built at a cost of RM190million at Mambong adjoining the Division’s clinker plant.
The 1 million-MT grinding plant will incorporate state-of-the-art European technology comprising of a Ball Mill (with rated capacity of 150 MT/hour), a high efficiency Separator, 2 units of 10,000MT concrete silos, 4-line bulk loaders and a 3,000 bag/hour packing and palletizing machine.
The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for this plant was awarded to Christian Pfeiffer Maschinenfabrik GmbH (CPB), a leading German company in this sector, in April 2014. Construction began in July 2014 and the plant is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2016.
A brief ceremony was held today in the presence of the Cement Division’s directors, senior management and staff, the EPC contractor, CPB, and other subcontractors and consultants to commemorate the casting of concrete to the tallest structure of project which is the 60m-high silo.
Commenting on this achievement, Dato’ Richard Curtis, Group Managing Director, Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad, said: “With this third grinding plant we will be operating the first integrated cement production facility in East Malaysia. This third plant will increase CMS’ total annual rated cement production capacity by almost 60% to 2.75 million MT when it comes into production in 1Q 2016. This will enable CMS to meet growing cement demand in Sarawak, to have significant reserve production capacity to materially reduce the risk of any supply disruptions, as well as potentially to extend our supply into nearby markets. It also allows us to expand our participation in the Sarawak growth story which is driven by the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative, and to position our Group to ensure long-term sustainable growth in this core business division of ours”.