The 6-year agreement will see FLSmidth providing hot kiln alignment services to Dangote kilns in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Congo, South Africa, and Nigeria. Nigeria is the largest market covered in the agreement, with three locations comprised of 10 lines. The Hot Kiln Alignment Service agreement is based on an equal partnership highlighting cost transparency.
“The equipment health audits, services, and support extended by FLSmidth have helped us maintain our pyro process equipment with good reliability. Uninterrupted cement production and dispatch around the clock is important for us,” says Arvind Pathak, the Deputy Group Managing Director of Dangote PLC. He calls the hot kiln alignment “a key maintenance activity” that helps access and correct many critical parameters of the kiln, and that these alignments are Dangote’s “main objective when entering into a frame agreement with FLSmdith for all of our plants in Africa.”
The rollout will begin in Nigeria and then gradually be expanded to the other markets.
In addition, FLSmidth has made the decision to place the tools necessary for the hot kiln alignments in Nigeria and South Africa, allowing for site visits at short notice.
FLSmidth has previously provided service offerings to Dangote on an ad-hoc basis.
The Copenhagen-based company performs more than 250 Hot Kiln Alignments around the world every year. Hot Kiln Alignments include a complete performance analysis of the kiln, which often results in ancillary business.