FLSmidth has signed another contract with Wadi El Nile Cement Company (WNCC) for operation and maintenance of their cement plant located approximately 120 km south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The contract is a five-year continuation of the existing contract signed back in 2010.
In addition, WNCC also ordered an upgrade of the plant from 6000 to 7200 t of clinker per day; the upgrade will be executed as an integral part of the operation and maintenance contract. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the contract.
The initial contract will expire at the end of 2016 and the new contract term is from January 2017 to December 2021. The upgrade to 7200 t/d is planned to be operational from summer 2017. The cement industry in Egypt has been a pioneer in outsourcing the operation and maintenance activities. FLSmidth has already signed contracts with three customers in Egypt, and the North African region continues to offer good opportunities for operation and maintenance activities.
The partnership between WNCC and FLSmidth proved its worth and strength during 2013 and 2014 when fuel restrictions (gas) in Egypt severely influenced the clinker production and made it necessary to minimise the cost of operation. WNCC was among the first cement producers in Egypt to introduce coal and thereby eliminate their dependency on gas, which continued to be restricted. Today, the WNCC plant is one of the most energy-efficient plants in Egypt.