Clinker production in the kingdom currently stands at about 23 million t/y, with construction under way of about 11 million t/y of new capacity by existing producers and newcomer Riyadh Cement Company
set to take production to 34 million t/y by 2007 (see Special Report). However, a raft of new plants and expansions are at various stages of tendering.
Saudi Cement Company (SCC
) received bids on 18 June for the turnkey contract to install a new clinker line at its existing plant at Hofuf in the Eastern Province. The three bidders are Denmark’s FL Smidth
, Germany’s Polysius
and China’s Sinoma International
. The project will take 30 months to complete.
The SCC expansion project calls for the installation of a 10,000-tonne-a-day (t/d) clinker line and the upgrade of the fifth clinker line from a capacity of 3,500 t/d to more than 4,000 t/d. SCC’s existing clinker capacity stands at 7,825 t/d. Austroplan Austrian Engineering
is the consultant on the scheme, with a second consultant, India’s Holtec
, recently appointed to provide additional support (MEED 28:1:05).
The recently-established City Cement Company
is in final negotiations with Sinoma to builda 5,000-t/d plant 140 kilometres southwest of Riyadh. The estimated $200 million contract also covers installation of a power plant and is scheduled to come on stream by early 2007.
Negotiations are under way to build a 5,000-t/d facility in Najran. An unidentified local company and an international contractor recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the facility.
The local Al-Rajhi Group
is also planning to enter the market. Tenders for the new 3,000-t/d plant in the Al-Wasta area are expected to be issued by the end of July. A tender is also expected to be issued at the same time for another 3,000-t/d plant in the Jeddah vicinity, planned by a new company identified as United Cement
. Holtec is acting as consultant on the four projects.
QCC and Tabouk Cement Company
have also signed an MoU to carry out a feasibility study for a new cement factory in the north of the kingdom.
Holtec is also preparing tender documents for a new red bricks factory in the Jeddah area with a capacity of 3,000 t/d. The local El-Khayyat Red Bricks Manufacturing
is the client.