Star closes in on RAK cement plant

15 July 2005
Star Cement, a subsidiary of Dubai-based ETA-Ascon, is expected to award the estimated $120 million lump-sum turnkey (LSTK) contract to build a greenfield integrated cement plant in Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) by the end of July. The project is one of several planned by the company to help meet growing regional demand.

The proposed facility will see the installation of a 5,500-tonne-a-day (t/d) clinker line and new crushing facilities. India's Holtecis the consultant on the 21-month contract.

Star Cement is also pressing ahead with plans to double grinding capacity at its existing mill in Abu Dhabi. Polysius India has recently been awarded the contract to build a new grinding mill, which will have a capacity of up to 1.2 million tonnes a year (t/y). Germany's Cemag built the original plant.

Star Cement Bahrainhas also issued the tender for the expansion of its Hidd plant, which will increase capacity from 500,000 tonnes a year (t/y) to 1.2 million t/y. Bids are due in mid-August for the project, which will include a new grinding system with capacity of 600,000 t/y. An award is expected by late September.

Star Cement, which produces 2.5 million t/y of cement, was formed in January by ETA-Ascon to consolidate its cement business under one umbrella. The new firm owns two plants in the UAE, one each in Abu Dhabi and Ajman, and capacity in Bahrain, Sudan and Bangladesh. It is carrying out feasibility studies into expanding in Iran.

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