PETALING JAYA: Sinoma Industry Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd will undertake a comprehensive technical analysis of Cahya Mata Cement Sdn Bhd’s (CMC) plans to construct a new clinker line as well as the optimisation of the latter’s existing facilities.
This follows the technical consultancy agreement signed between Sinoma and CMC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd.
Construction company Sinoma is a subsidiary of China-based Tianjin Cement Industry Design and Research Institute.
In a joint statement today, CMC said the technical consultancy agreement demonstrates its long-term commitment towards Sarawak’s economic development.
“It is also in line with CMC’s commitment of substantial investments in expanding its cement capacity and establishing a new clinker line as per the group’s announcement on 27 June 2023,” the statement read.
In June, CMS announced its plan to invest approximately RM750 million in the construction of a new plant in Kuching, Sarawak.
The project will involve the construction of a clinker line with a daily production capacity of 6,000 tonnes, equivalent to an annual capacity of 1.9 million tonnes. It is expected to be completed within 36 months.
According to the statement, Sinoma will undertake the technical assessment to optimise CMC’s manufacturing capabilities at its existing Mambong Line 1 and ensure the success of the Clinker Line 2 project.
For Mambong Line 1, Sinoma’s study will focus on technology transfer to enhance CMC’s operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness and innovation potential.
Meanwhile, Sinoma will undertake a separate evaluation for the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of Clinker Line 2.
“Sinoma’s study is expected to be instrumental in ensuring the success of the Clinker Line 2 project which is set to exceed Sarawak’s growing domestic cement demand and increase production efficiency.”
The Clinker Line 2 will also reduce CMC’s carbon footprint and align with the group’s sustainability agenda, the statement said.
CMS Group chairman Zahidi Zainuddin said the company’s venture forms an integral part of its construction supply chain.
“The new Clinker Line 2 will provide us adequate reserve production capacity to materially reduce the risk of supply disruptions, provide additional gateways to nearby export markets and the capability to produce multiple types of cement,” said Zahidi.
Meanwhile, Sinoma managing director Liu Tao said this partnership exemplifies the group’s commitment to supporting the sustainable development of Sarawak’s cement industry.
“We aim to create a lasting impact on the cement industry of Borneo as a whole, fostering sustainable growth through technological advancement,” said Liu.
Cahya Mata oversees a portfolio of over 35 companies across various sectors such as cement, road maintenance, property development, and telecom infrastructure.