India: ACC Limited has announced plans to set up a new clinker production facility at Jamul in Chhattisgarh, replacing its existing line at the plant. Currently the plant can produce 1.6Mt/yr of cement. The expansion will see this figure rise to 5Mt/yr by mid-2015. The existing line will be phased out as the new one is commissioned.
Along with the announcement, ACC also said that it is planning to set up decentralised grinding stations, which will use clinker produced at Jamul. These will be implemented in a phased manner and are scheduled for completion by March 2015.
At the same time, ACC will also increase its existing grinding capacity at its Sindri plant in Jharkhand. Another new grinding plant is currently being built at Kharagpur in West Bengal. Both installations will source clinker from the new Jamul plant.
The overall capacity of ACC will increase to 35Mt/yr when all these projects are completed, helping the company to meet the demand for cement in the east of India.