Seeking to increase cement output and improve operational flexibility at Beni Suef Clinker Cement Plant, Sinoma CDI, the main contractor for the project, has selected Siemens to supply integrated industrial systems and gas analytics solutions to the largest cement manufacturers in North Africa.
Located 120-km south of Cairo, the new plant consists of six production lines. With an annual production capacity of 13 million tons, Beni Suef Clinker Cement is also the biggest plant to be built in one phase, of only 18 months. With over 79 million tons of annual capacity, Egypt is one of the largest cement producers and consumers in the Middle East and Africa. As infrastructure projects mushroom in the country, demand for cement is set to increase.
“The €1.2 billion Beni Suef Clinker Cement Plant billion will see the production of 36,000 tons per day. To ensure our operations are at their best performance and reliability, while achieving cost efficiencies, we chose Siemens’ industrial systems and gas analytics’ solutions to help us achieve this goal,” explained He zhongjian, Deputy Project Manager, Sinoma CDI.
Under the agreement, Siemens was responsible for supplying the main drive system, consisting of Flender mechanical drives as well as medium-voltage motors and drives. The supply package also comprises of plant control systems and process gas analytics solutions. To ensure reliable on-site power, Siemens has set up the main electrical substation and distribution transformers.
“Egypt’s cement industry does not only cater to domestic consumers but also helps meet foreign demand. We are excited to be part of this project, which is definitely an important milestone for our industrial solutions in the country,” said Tamer Nour, Senior Executive Vice President, Process Industries, Drives and Digital Factories for Siemens in Egypt. “We are proud to be the technology partner of the manufacturing sector in Egypt, which is the main driver of economic growth, infrastructure expansion and job creation in the country.”
Operating costs account for around 80 percent of total cost of ownership for cement plants. An optimized production process can lead to significant savings. Meeting these challenges, Siemens’ Distributed Control Systems (DCS) ensure an ongoing monitoring of processes, making it possible to reduce the Total-Cost-of-Ownership (TCO), and increase productivity significantly.