JIS News

The project to expand the No. 5 kiln at the Caribbean Cement Company Limited (CCCL) is on schedule and should be completed by mid 2008, Project Manager, Ken Wiltshire has said.
He told JIS News that work on the US$133 million project, which is being undertaken over a period of three and a half years, got underway in January of 2005 and already, more than 80 per cent of all major equipment have been purchased and all major construction work was in progress.
“We have purchased all of our major and ancillary equipment .at least 80 per cent of which are already with us on site. As far as the actual construction goes, all our major foundations are in progress. Taken as a whole, the entire project, which also includes commissioning and preparing all the necessary closeout documentation, is about 50 per cent complete,” he informed.
Mr. Wiltshire told JIS News that upon completion of the project, the company’s annual production capacity would be doubled to 1.3 metric tonnes of clinker and 1.8 million metric tonnes of cement. In addition the project is also expected to significantly reduce fuel and power consumption, as well as dust emissions.
“The plant’s clinker capacity as it is now, cannot match the existing cement capacity, so you find that to make our maximum amount of cement, we in fact have to import clinker at this time. Therefore, this project will allow us to double that clinker capacity, which will allow us to meet all of the demands of the Jamaican market and have additional clinker to grind to expand into activities such as export,” he stated.
Citing the social benefits of the project, Mr. Wiltshire said the company, through the Rockfort HEART Academy, spent approximately $20 million to train persons living in the surrounding communities in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, painting, among other skill areas, for employment on the work site.
“This project is not only about selling more cement, we wanted to give the community something tangible and this project provided an opportunity to give back to the community. As part of the model for this project, we wanted to make sure that we have skilled and prepared workers. we had over 250 graduates.most of those persons are now employed on site,” he informed.
The kiln expansion project is expected to create some 500 jobs throughout the construction phase.
It is part of the company’s five-year expansion and modernization programme, which is aimed at improving efficiency and environmental performance, while making the company globally competitive.
Among the other projects under the modernization and expansion programme are the upgrading of the packing plant, cement mill 5 and kiln 4.