SINO Zimbabwe Cement Company (SZCC) has invested over $4 million in plant upgrade and refurbishment over the past year, which has seen production going up by 100% in the Midlands, a senior official has said.
The company last week told journalists the investment had resulted in significant reduction in pollution levels at its plant near Gweru.
“In the last year SZCC has invested over $4 million in plant upgrade and refurbishment,” the company said in statement last week.
“This investment has seen production output going up by close to 100%. This will help in ensuring adequate and high quality cement supplies to the market.”
The company said it replaced the electro-static precipitator system of dust emission control with a modern filler system throughout the plant.
“The cement mill has been refurbished and this has increased milling capacity while at the same time the dust emissions from the cement will have been reduced to recommended levels,” the statement added.
“A new grate cooler has been installed as an upgraded kiln. These two developments have reduced our electricity consumption and have helped in reducing our product cost per unit .
“The reduction in our electricity consumption has caused a reduction in our carbon footprint which is an important pollution control measure.”
SZCC refurbished preheater cyclones to ensure their effectiveness. “The company is actively implementing dust abatement measures to ensure that dust emissions are kept to a minimum,” the statement added.
“We have engaged an air emission consultant who makes regular checks and measures on our plant air emissions. This is helping us keep our emissions under checked and control.”
SZCC is a joint venture between a China Building Material Industrial Corporation for Foreign Econo-Technical Corporation (CBMC) and the Industrial Corporation of Zimbabwe (IDC).
CBMC contributed the initial capital in the form of technology and expertise while IDC provided land, civil works and human resources. The plant near Gweru started operating in 2001.