Askari Cement has ignited the newly installed 6500t/day kiln at its Nizampur cement plant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The kiln increases the plant’s capacity by 73% to 4.85Mt/yr. The project, along with parent company Fauji Cement’s construction of a new 2.05Mt/yr integrated cement plant in Dera Ghazi Khan, cost US$339m. Fauji Cement took a US$212m loan to support the works in January 2022. The group expects both projects to raise its capacity by 56% to 10.5Mt/yr and to increase its market share to 13%.
Fauji Cement’s upcoming Dera Ghazi Khan cement plant is scheduled for commissioning in mid-late 2024.