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PCL ready to get back in the game

After going through a dif­ficult time this past few months, Pacific Cement Limited has gotten back on its feet and is ready to meet the mar­ket’s demands. Pacific Cement Limited
07 Oct 2017 11:00
PCL ready to get back in the game
Pacific Cement Limited’s new trunnion attached to the PCL cement mill on October 5, 2017. Photo: Monica Aguilar

After going through a dif­ficult time this past few months, Pacific Cement Limited has gotten back on its feet and is ready to meet the mar­ket’s demands.

Pacific Cement Limited and its parent company, Fijian Holdings Limited, made an investment of more than $2 million to change its 60-year-old gears.

Pacific Cement Limited chief executive officer Sowani Tuidrola said the company had started its project on the installation and commissioning of the new trun­nion gear and motor last Monday.

Two engineering firms from New Zealand were hired to be part of this project – Integrated Main­tenance Group and Electrical Works NZ.

 

Pacific Cement Limited project engineer Darren Gentle said: “The project is to install and com­mission the trunnion gear and address the other issues with the mill. The installation of the new gear means that production of ce­ment is ensured and will continue to provide production.”

Mr Gentle said the two-week pro­ject is going as planned and the deadline would be met.

The main target is to have the mill in full production by next weekend.

According to Mr Tuidrola, the production of cement will in­crease to 25,000 tonnes per hour which is around 6000-7000 tonnes per hour, more than what was produced previously.

 

The commissioning of the gear will take place next Tuesday, but will not be in full production un­til Saturday or Sunday.

As announced in June, the com­pany will import 25,000 tonnes of cement from Vietnam.

Mr Tuidrola said around 13,000 tonnes are in stock while 12,000 had been sold.

“We want the public to know that we still have enough stock of cement and the quality of it is not a question, as it is the same qual­ity as what we produce at Pacific Cement Limited.

“The imported cement had un­dergone rigorous testing before we applied a license from the Gov­ernment to import it,” said Mr Tuidrola



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