Sri Lanka: Tokyo Cement has started testing a new mill at its cement grinding plant in Trincomalee. It held a ‘soft’ opening ceremony to mark the event on 8 December 2016. The new mill is the company’s fourth. It will start commercial operation in February 2017, according to Lanka Business. Once operational it will add 1Mt/yr to the company’s production total capacity taking it to 2.8Mt/yr.
The ceremony was inaugurated by Tadashi Matsunami, Director & Senior Managing Executive Officer of Ube Industries Limited, Japan, the technology services partner of Tokyo Cement. Harsha Cabral PC, chairman and SR Gnanam, managing director of Tokyo Cement also presided at the event.
An additional US$50m expansion drive at the site will see the commissioning of an 8MW captive biomass power unit for the plant. Tokyo Cement will also develop the shipping facilities at the site to accommodate larger vessels and it plans to build cement storage silos.