QNCC to set up a fifth cement production line

Byyuanyanping

Updated Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:59:38 GMT

Qatar National Cement Company (QNCC) has signed a letter of intent with French company Fives FCB for the construction of a fifth cement production line. The new line will cost around QR950 million to construct and will have a designed capacity of 5000 tpd of clinker.

A company spokesman told local press in a communiqué to the Qatar Exchange that Fives FCB (the contractor) and TPF Basse Sambre (the consultant) will work together to finalise the contract details within one month.

The fifth production line is expected to become operational within the next 27 months. After the site is handed over, construction will begin with two cement mills that will be delivered in 17 months and 19 months, respectively. The spokesman stated that the new line will be located next to the existing plants 2, 3 and 4. Fives FCB was also the contractor for these plants. Following completion of the new line, the company’s total clinker production capacity would be approximately 17 000 tpd and grinding capacity could reach 20 000 tpd of cement.

The new production line forms part of the company's strategy to increase its production capacity to meet the growing demand for cement in Qatar in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Due to an increase in construction activity and ongoing infrastructure projects, demand for cement in the country has increased from around 2000 tpd a decade ago to approximately 12 000 – 15 000 tpd today.