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Mega cement factory set to begin production

- PRATAP BISTA, HETAUDA

Aug 10, 2018-Riddhi Siddhi Cement, one of the largest cement factories in the country is planning to start commercial production within one and a half month.

More than 80 percent of the cement factory’s construction has been completed.

It is located in Makawanpur district of central Nepal.

According to the company, majority of the factory equipment are already installed with construction of a pre-heater tower currently going on at war footing.

“We are about to complete the construction work,” said Rajesh Kharel, director of the company. “We have deployed around 1,000 workers round the clock at the factory site to complete the construction on time.”

The company, however, has said that it will take some time to produce clinker, a key raw material required for cement production. “Initially, we will rely on imported clinker for our production,” said Kharel.

Ambe and Shanker groups, the owners of the factory, started its construction 17 months ago. The company has said the factory will be operated using the latest European robotic technology and the equipment used in the factory were imported from Denmark and India.  

Once the construction is completed, the factory will start producing around 2,800 tonnes of cement daily.

The factory will need 3,400 tonnes of lime stone daily. The factory has already acquired its lime stone mines at two locations in Bhimphedi, Makawanpur and Shaktikhor, Chitwan.

The company is also constructing access roads leading to those mines.

The cement factory claims that it will provide direct employment to 300 people while thousands will get indirect employment.

It sprawls across around 26.5 hectares of land and consumes 15MW of electricity.

The company claims that it will play a crucial role in substituting the import of cement from India.

Around 70 percent of the total demand of the cement in the country is fulfilled from the Indian import.

The factories operating in Nepal produce around 1 million tonnes of cement.

Published: 10-08-2018 09:05

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