Bidders gear up for cement projects

21 March 2003
A new round of investment in the local cement industry is beckoning as producers look to meet rising demand. Eastern Province Cement Companyis close to awarding a turnkey contract covering the construction of a 3,500-tonne-a-day (t/d) cement line at its Dammam plant, while Qassim Cement Company (QCC)has invited contractors to bid by late April for a 4,500-t/d expansion of its plant in the central city of Buraidah.

Bidders for the Eastern Province contract include Japan's Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI), Germany's Polysiusand Denmark's FL Schmidt. The client has also recently received bids from international firms to act as consultant on the project. The UK's WS Atkins Internationaldrew up the feasibility study.

Eastern Province awarded IHI a contract last year to modify the existing cement mill and construct a new cement silo.

The QCC projectcalls for the installation of a 4,500-t/d cement and clinker line and crushing and packing facilities. Prospective bidders include Germany's KHD Humboldt Wedag,Polysius and IHI. The extra capacity is due to come on stream by early 2006, bringing total production to 9,200 t/d. The plant's output is earmarked for sale in the local market. The consultant is Switzerland's Holcim.

At least two other local cement companies are looking to expand production.

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