Signing the contract for Hub in Pakistan: CFO Dr. Arif Bashir, Mr. Raza Mansha, Mr. Abdul Aleem Khan, Mr. Fahrland, Mr. Masarrat H. Siddiqi (left to right)

DG Khan Cement Company (DGKCC) was established as private limited company under the management control of State Cement Corporation of Pakistan (SCCP) in 1978 and started its commercial production in April 1986 with 2,000t/day clinker based on dry process technology.

Today, DGKCC is amongst the largest cement manufacturers of Pakistan with a production capacity of 15,000t/day. The company owns two plants in Dera Ghazi Khan and one facility in Khairpur District, Chakwal. All the plants are based on latest dry process technology.

On 4 September 2015, DGKCC decided to implement more state-of-the-art technology and signed a contract with LOESCHE for the supply of three grinding plants for their new 9,000t/d clinker production line at Hub in Balochistan province. It is expected that Pakistan’s demand of cement may increase due to expected government spending on infrastructure projects.

Revival activities may result in additional demand of construction material. DGKCC as the market leader anticipates this development with their decision to build this new production line in the Balochistan province.

It was decided that at Hub, for all grinding processes LOESCHE vertical roller mills will be installed. Thus, the contract comprises one raw material mill for 654t/h raw meal with a COPE drive, one cement mill for 445t/h OPC with a COPE drive as well as a coal mill for 66t/h. The raw mill with 1,050t/h nominal capacity will be the biggest raw material mill in the world.

In August 2015, a team of DGKCC accepted the invitation of LOESCHE to participate in the presentation of the first COPE drive at Renk in Augsburg. In a cooperation with LOESCHE, Renk has developed the COPE drive, this offering a redundancy of up to eight motors at the motor end. As this power train retains the normal dimensions, the systems are also suitable for retrofit drives in existing mills. LOESCHE and Renk have agreed on an exclusivity in the marketing, application and development for the next five years.

On this occasion in Augsburg, the new technology and the functioning together with vertical roller mills was explained in detail, the COPE drive was then presented live in the production facility of Renk. The audience experienced starting of this huge drive perfectly smooth and appreciated this with a big applause. With the new COPE drive, which DGKCC decided to be installed in both, the raw material and clinker mill, it will be possible to split the total drive capacity.

In addition, LOESCHE will deliver both mills, the raw material and the cement mill, according to the unique LOESCHE unification concept introduced into the grinding technology many decades ago. This will provide a favorable solution with respect to DGKCC’s supply inventory as all key parts will be interchangeable among the cement and the raw mill. With this project, DGCC has become a trendsetter being the first cement plant establishing a single solution for the grinding of raw material and cement with vertical roller mills equipped with the innovative COPE drive technology from Renk.

LOESCHE will be responsible for the full mechanical equipment and together with LOESCHE Automation for the electrical engineering package, along with all hardware supply from steel structure to electrical equipment and automation.

Up to date, DKCC is Pakistan’s market leader. Two different products are being manufacturered, namely Ordinary Portland cement and sulphate-resistant cement. The consistently increasing trend in the Pakistani market share reflects the customer’s satisfaction on DGKCC’s quality and services. It also reflects the precise company’s policies and marketing strategies to enhance market share.

This new cement plant at Hub in Balochistan will support and add to DGKCC’s strategy as it will become one of the most modern cement plants of the world with the latest, most innovative and effective grinding technology.

With this project, their vision to transform the company into a modern and dynamic cement manufacturing company with qualified professionals and fully equipped to play a meaningful role on sustainable basis in the economy of Pakistan will become reality. The LOESCHE team is proud being able to support DGKCC to realise this vision and prepare for the future.