Power outages, gas crisis take toll on cement industry

Jasim Uddin Haroon, back from Mukterpur
Frequent power outages and gas crisis have been taking heavy tolls on the country’s cement sector as the manufacturing units are producing 30 to 40 per cent less due to the utility disruption.

Ironically, many cement manufacturers are now installing new mills by investing large amount of money to make best use of the 8 to 9 hours of power supply every day.

Mukterpur in Munshiganj has six cement factories, including the market leader, Shah Cement, as the site is strategically important to carry raw materials from Chittagong and India through river routes.

Around 10 cement manufacturers, including Crown Cement, Fresh Cement, Tiger Cement, Anwar Cement and other leading cement manufacturers are now planning to add new units shortly.

“The new units will help increase production of the building material as the power shortage decreased cement production largely,” Amirul Haque, managing director of Premier Cement told the FE.

He said they have no other option but to install new mills to cope with growing demand for cement in the country.

Premier Cement has already installed new units at its site in Mukterpur area.

One senior official of Shah Cement said low pressure of gas fails to produce enough power during the day-time.

“Power shortage and low pressure of gas forced us to cut production at least by 40 per cent,” said Md Kayum, executive director of the Tiger Cement.

Mr Kayum also said: “Buyers are now pressing hard for cement and in many cases I am failing to keep my word to supply them the construction material.”

One production official of the Metropolitan Cement said that the prices of raw materials remained stable and this year could have been a good year for cement makers saying: “The crisis has thrown all our calculations overboard.”

Bangladesh has more than 60 cement manufacturing factories mostly located in Munshiganj, Dhaka, Narayanganj, Chittagong and Mongla.

The World’s largest cement producer-Lafarge — also has production plant in Sunamganj, which uses limestone from India as raw material, is the country’s second largest cement maker.

Of them, only 23 cement factories remained in operation.

The cement manufacturers are producing around 9.0 million tonnes of cement a year and its growth on an average is 10 to 13 per cent.

thefinancialexpress

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  1. why you put amirul haque (premier cement) in your site, he is cheater, criminal, famous smuggler, cheat more than billions from bd customs, DEWA, BD Petrolium, etc.,,, he is devil, cheated many innocent, cheated emirates cement by his eloquent speech, he is the pimp for the foreigner who visit bd for business purpose.

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