CCCL to utilize Thar Coal in cement manufacturing
KARACHI, Sept. 13 (Gwadar Pro) - In a groundbreaking development, Cherat Cement Company Limited (CCCL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) on Monday to utilize the indigenous Thar Coal for its Cement manufacturing.
This strategic decision marks a significant shift from the reliance on imported coal, which conserves precious foreign resources at a time when Pakistan grapples with the challenge of maintaining a favorable balance between its imports and exports.
“Both companies are aligned on the same goal to reduce Pakistan’s reliance on imported coal,” reads a statement from Thar Coal.
CCCL is set to conduct trial runs of Thar Coal at its 4.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) cement plant located in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This initiative marks a crucial step toward evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of incorporating Thar Coal into their cement manufacturing processes.
SECMC is Pakistan’s leading coal producer, operating Pakistan’s first open-pit lignite mine in Block II of the Tharparkar area in Sindh. With a current annual mining capacity of 7.6 million tons, it provides lignite-quality coal to power producers in Pakistan. SECMC is a JV between the Government of Sindh, Engro Energy Limited, and its partners including Thal Limited, HBL, Hub Power Company (HUBCO), and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC).
CCCL, a Ghulam Farooq Group Company incorporated in 1981, is amongst the pioneers of the cement industry in Pakistan with an annual installed capacity exceeding 4.5 million tons.
The cement plant is located at Village Lakrai in Nowshera, which provides cement to KP, Punjab, Azad Kashmir, and exports to Afghanistan as well.