Savannah Cement manufacturing plant. The company has injected Ksh5 billion to expand its Kitengela plant

Savannah Cement has announced plans to set up shop in neighbouring East African countries and is currently undertaking a Ksh5 billion capacity grinding plant expansion programme at its Kitengela manufacturing complex.

The market reach expansion programme at Savannah Cement will also involve a local market enhancement programme to satisfy a growing demand for cement as the company eyes a piece of the cake as the government continues to invest in housing which is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four legacy agenda.

Speaking at an event to mark the manufacturer’s 7th anniversary, the expansion project, Savannah Cement Managing Director Ronald Ndegwa said involves the construction of a 1.2 million tons per year milling plant to double the firm’s current installed capacity.

According to Mr Ndegwa, the project is currently underway with plans to commission the second grinding plant by the end of the year.

“At Savannah Cement, we are banking on the regional market opportunities and those presented by the affordable housing projects under the Big Four Agenda which promises better prospects for the local cement market,” said Ndegwa.

As part of the expansion project, Savannah Cement contractors are currently installing an energy efficient vertical cement grinding mill.

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Contractors are also installing belt conveyors, storage silos, packing plant and dust arrestors with all the supporting accessories to guarantee staff safety.

The company operates a cement grinding plant with an output capacity of 1 million tons a year.

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“We have been in the market for seven years. Our plans are to continue fulfilling our customers’ needs and ensure maximum penetration in the East African markets,” Ndegwa said.

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