Pakistan: A slowdown in construction activity has reduced Cherat Cement’s sales. Its local cement sales volumes fell by 12% year-on-year to 0.90Mt in the half-year to 31 December 2018 from 1.03Mt in the same period in 2017. Its exports declined by 23% to 0.18Mt from 0.23Mt. The cement producer’s net turnover decreased by 7% to US$50.3m from US$54.3m. Its net profit fell by 24% to US$7.35m from US$9.65m. The cement producer noted that the price of coal had risen.
Cherat Cement said that it had commissioned a third line at its integrated plant during the reporting period. The new line has a clinker production capacity of 6700t/day and it includes a waste heat recovery unit. Following the upgrade, Cherat Cement’s plant has a production capacity of 4.5Mt/yr. The company also installed Wartsila dual fuel engines. These generators have been ordered in anticipation of the completion of new gas pipeline to the plant.