Power Cement of Pakistan has released a progress report on the implementation of the Nooriabad expansion project for the quarter ended 31 March 2019. In view of the ongoing progress, a new date for trial production would be announced soon, according to a company official. The original expected date for trial production was June this year.
Power Cement is implementing an ambitious expansion plan to install a new line of 7700tpd at the company’s existing site Nooriabad Industrial Area, Kalo Kohar District. Jamshoroo, Sindh. In early 2017 equipment supply and supervision contracts were signed with FLSmidth. The construction and erection contract had also been finalised with China-based TEPC and the company has since then been working actively to complete the project within due timelines.
The contract for the civil construction was awarded to a well-known Chinese contractor CECC Tianjin (Pakistan) Electric Power Construction (Pvt) Ltd. The contractor is fully mobilised at the plant site and up to now, 97 per cent of the civil works are completed. The complete plant has been imported and the mechanical and electrical drawings are complete. Currently, 30 per cent of the erection work has been completed. The design phase of the new 40MW grid station and its column bar fixing has been completed, civil work has started and related shipments except transformer have been arranged at site and installed. The lightening protection work is under progress.
Once the said expansion is complete, PCL will be one of the most cost-efficient cement manufacturers of Pakistan and the second-largest cement producer in the southern zone, with production capacity of 3.5Mta. The plant has proximity to Karachi and Interior Sindh.