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Bamburi Cement Ltd

9th floor Kenya Re Towers Mara Ragati Road, UpperHill,
Nairobi

About the Company

Bamburi Cement Ltd. was founded in 1951 by Felix Mandl - a director of Cementia Holding A.G. Zurich. Cementia later went into partnership with Blue Circle PLC (UK). In 1989, Lafarge, the world’s largest building materials group, acquired Cementia, and thus became an equal shareholder with Blue Circle. Lafarge bought Blue Circle in 2001 to become the largest building materials company in the world and Bamburi Cement Limited principle shareholder. It's first plant in Mombasa started production in 1954 with annual capacity of 140,000 tonnes of cement. Today the Mombasa based plant has the capacity to produce of 1.1 million tonnes.

 In 1998, a new one million tonne per annum clinker grinding plant was added just outside Nairobi, increasing the total production capacity to 2.1 million tonnes. With the new plant, Bamburi Cement has been able to improve its service to Nairobi and upcountry markets, through speedier and more efficient packing turn around time. The rail sliding at the Nairobi plant has also facilitated sales to Western Kenya and Uganda.
 

Bamburi Cement is the largest cement manufacturing company in the region and its Mombasa plant is the second largest cement plant in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also one of the largest manufacturing export earners in Kenya; exporting 28 per cent of its production in 1998 (29 per cent) Export markets include Reunion, Uganda and Mayotle. In the past, they have also included Mauritius, Sri Lanka, The Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles and the Congo.

 


Environmental activities

Environmental Policies

Bamburi Cement Limited has a commitment to conduct its activities in a responsible manner to protect and enhance the environment.

It is the policy of Bamburi Cement Limited to:
Ensure that facilities are operated, maintained and, wherever necessary, modified to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and with Lafarge and Blue Circle environmental standards.

  • Ensure that its products and their manufacture will not be harmful to people or the environment;
  • Strive to continuously improve the efficiency of its operations so as to minimize the use of resources and the generation of waste and to ensure that any waste generated is dealt with in an environmentally responsible manner;
  • Set targets against which environmental performance can be measured and have these reviewed regularly;
  • Integrate environmental considerations into business decision-making at all levels;
  • Train its employees to achieve high standards of environmental performance. All employees will share the responsibility for implementation of this policy:
  • The Directors will coordinate the implementation of this policy by ensuring that effective guidelines, procedures and improvement programs are in place in their respective areas and that sufficient resources are made available;
  • The Environment Engineer will develop and drive the implementation of environmental guidelines, procedures and improvement programs and monitor performance;
  • Managers and Engineers will assure compliance with Environmental guidelines and procedures and ensure execution of improvement actions within their areas; and
  • All employees will adhere to the applicable guidelines and procedures and take reasonable care in carrying out their duties to avoid spillages, fugitive releases and other incidents that may have a negative impact on the environment.


Bamburi Cement Limited will demonstrate commitment to this policy by fostering open and effective communication with all stakeholders and other interested parties and by ranking environmental protection with other key business objectives.

 
At Bamburi Cement Ltd, we have made environmental concerns and protection one of our key business objectives. The company strives to meet the International Environmental Standards. We have launched several projects to monitor and reduce environmental pollution resultant from the manufacturing process (for example, the $4 million spent on state-of-the-art kiln cooler dust collectors installed in July 2000 explained below), and quarry rehabilitation is ongoing. The most famous example of our land reclamation efforts is Haller Park (formerly known as the Bamburi Nature Trail,) which is a popular nature recreation site for tourists and locals. Haller Park, and other projects of its kind, demonstrate the potential - and benefits - of the coexistence of industry with nature.
 

Furthermore, Bamburi Cement’s managing company Lafarge recently signed a partnership agreement with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to combat diminishing biological diversity and forest cover around the world. Bamburi’s Dr. Haller is the Scientific Advisor to Lafarge’s SQRP (Strategic Quarry Redevelopment Project) group and a liaison and resource person for the WWF.

 
 

Land Rehabilitation

Bamburi Cement launched the quarry rehabilitation to the south of the factory in 1971, which has now become Haller Park. Haller Park - situated in Bamburi’s ‘back yard’ - is the company’s pride and joy, setting the Plant in beautiful surroundings. Dr. René Haller has continued to develop new projects for the other quarry sites. His vision for each quarry varies (in relation to geological and environment factors), and is taken in stages of development, each one making the ex-quarry an increasingly alluring recreational spot.

 

The North Quarry developments are at different stages throughout (as completion of mining of these areas, and hence the commencement of tree planting, was staggered) with young trees in some areas, older trees in others, and excavation still in progress in a few, making it an interesting and educational tour. Most of it has now been developed, and a rich biodiversity of trees, lakes, water canals, and a variety of freely roaming herbivorous wild-life present a striking contrast to the areas still being quarried. Haller named the area the Bamburi Forest Trails as there are marked trails for walkers, joggers and cyclists through the forest. There are a number of mountain bikes for hire, and the recently constructed Sunset Terrace, a wooden extension over a lake, offers snacks and drinks for people wanting to relax after exertions on the trails. Barbecue facilities are also available.

 

Future developments include a network of waterways interlinking lakes, ponds and wetlands, with potential for canoeing at a later date. The Bamburi Crater Lake is currently being developed in the Central Quarry. The lake will be used for fishing, canoeing, and other environmentally friendly sports. In the centre of the lake, there are two islands which can be made available for daily hire if visitors want to arrange barbecues or picnics. Completion of the first phase of this project is expected by the end of the year.

 

In the The Kikambala Quarry, the coral limestone extraction is still continuing. However, landscaping and tree planting has begun, with a view to further developments on the recreational front. Nguu Tatu is the Shale Quarry. Only part of the area is quarried at present. Bamburi chose to conserve this unique area, and today this rolling green hills cape looks very much like English countryside. Nguu Tatu (Swahili for Three Hills) houses an ostrich and game farm. It is famous among bird watchers for its large variety of bird species’.

 

Over two and a half million trees have been planted around the factory and in the quarries. These not only create a beautiful environment, but also help absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.

 
 

Measures to Reduce Dust Emissions, Dust Spillages and Other Pollutants

While gas emissions are partly controlled within the manufacturing process, the greater concern remains the emission of dust into the atmosphere. The fitting of opacity meters for continuous measurement of dust emissions from the main stacks, is expected to be complete by mid 2001. Further efforts to control pollution are as listed below.

 
 

Reduction of stack emissions:

The kiln cooler exhaust dust collectors have been replaced by state-of-the-art technology an investment of nearly $ 4.0 million. The new dust collectors are fully operational and have reduces the level of Clinker dust significantly.

 


Reduction of fugitive dust emissions:

Kiembeni Road, a potentially dusty area due to traffic from nearby villages, was paved by Bamburi in the last quarter of 1999;

  • Most quarry roads have now been lined with trees to contain the dust generated by material haulage. This is an ongoing project;
  • Sealing of various openings in the Pre-Blending Hall to contain fugitive dust was completed inFebruary 2000;
  • The east and west side of the Clinker Section of the Crane hall were also sealed in March 2000.
  • Improvement of the de-dusting mechanisms for material transfer points was completed in the year 2000;
  • A mobile dust sucker has been purchased, and delivery is expected in July 2000; and
  • implementation of other adequate housekeeping means and procedures to control dust is continuous.

 

 

Reduction of Spillages

 
Improvement and redesign of material transport systems, and the development of procedures for effective material handling has been completed. The pre-blend transport system to the raw mill bunkers was completed in December 1999. The Raw Mills 4 and 5 feed systems will be completed in 2000.
 
 

Reduction of CO2 emissions
Most CO2 emissions in cement manufacture, come from clinker fabrication. By adding larger amounts of pozzolana into the blend during the grinding process, the amount of clinker required is reduced, thus reducing overall CO2 emissions. Pozzolana is mined from a quarry adjacent to Bamburi’s Nairobi Grinding Plant in Athi River.

 
 

Greening

Bamburi Cement recently launched a project to ‘green’ the Plant. Grass and trees were planted in the factory, creating a more pleasant environment for factory workers, who take pride in their attractive and clean surroundings. The Greening followed other Plant Clean-up projects including the demolition of obsolete buildings and infrastructural improvements. These were started in 1998 and are continuous.
 
 

Recycling

Bamburi Cement is launching a pilot recycling programme for paper and printer ink cartridges. Other waste materials will be added to the project in due course. The paper will be sent to Baobab Farm, who currently produce recycled paper, that is subsequently used for the production of calendars, cards, and gift boxes. Future plans for the use of waste paper include the production egg trays.
 

Bamburi Cement carries out environmental impact assessment for any new development (such as the Nairobi Grinding Plant and adjacent pozzolana quarry, and the new Vipingo quarry.) The company also continuously identifies new ways to minimize its impact on the environment and promote its harmonious Industry/Nature co-existence, and hopes to leave the environment in a better way than how it was found!

 

Conservation Partnerships

Baobab Trust : Dr. Haller is one of the founder trustees of Baobab Trust. The Trust’s activities revolve around conservation and awareness-raising for endangered indigenous plant and animal species. For example, it has been running a successful turtle conservation campaign along the coast, whereby it encourages fishermen to report and protect turtle nesting found along the beach. Turtle eggs from insecure sites are moved to protected hatching sites and released as soon as they emerge. Between 1989 and 1999, 17,681 hatchlings were released. The Trust also participates in the annual organisation of World Beach Cleaning Day. Bamburi Cement supports the Trust in all such activities.
 

 

Lafarge’s Partnership Agreement with WWF:

The Lafarge/WWF partnership has benefited from the advice and support of Dr. René Haller, who has valuable experience in quarry rehabilitation. Dr. Haller is the Scientific Advisor to Lafarge’s SQRP (Strategic Quarry Redevelopment Project) group and a liaison and resource person for the WWF, and is involved in the development of a Best Practices guide for quarry rehabilitation procedures for Lafarge companies.
 
Lafarge is Bamburi Cement’s managing principal shareholder. Below are extracts of the Lafarge press release on the agreement. (See Bamburi Cement’s press release in Newsroom.) Lafarge, the world leader in construction materials, and WWF, the conservation organization, signed a worldwide partnership agreement in Paris, in the framework of WWF's "Conservation Partner" Programme. Lafarge is the first industrial group to establish with WWF a common commitment with as objectives improving its environmental policy, developing WWF's project "Forests Reborn" and raising awareness of the importance of preserving biodiversity.
 
 
In the context of this agreement, Lafarge will, together with WWF, develop a strategy for biodiversity and integrate it into its worldwide quarry rehabilitation programme. WWF will also contribute its expertise to help Lafarge improve its practice in the environmental field. In order to strengthen Lafarge's environmental policy and ensure its transparency, WWF will help the group identify the most relevant indicators of environmental performance. These will concern reduction of use of fossil fuels, recycling of waste, or reducing emissions. The partnership aims to expand into other areas of mutual interest in the years to come.
 
"This is the natural continuation of the policy that the Group has already followed for a number of years. Through its worldwide presence, WWF will bring us the vision and the global expertise we need to set the environmental example for our sector". Lafarge will support WWF in the area of ecological restoration of forests. Restoration is one objective of WWF's forest policy to combat diminishing biological diversity and forest cover around the world. Lafarge will provide global support to WWF's project "Forests Reborn".
 

"We aim to mobilize the largest possible number of companies and industries to work with us to protect biodiversity," said Claude Martin, Director General of WWF International. "With Lafarge, we are associating ourselves with an industrial group that has made the environment one of its major strategic objectives. We will ask it to commit itself to reduce even further the ecological impact of its activities, and we will assist them in this task."

Through this agreement, Lafarge becomes one of the "Founding Members" of WWF's "Conservation Partner" programme. This programme aims to support conservation efforts through strategic alliances with companies. Lafarge's annual financial contribution will be of 1.1 million euros, for an initial term of 5 years. Each of the partners wishes to see this agreement develop into a long-term cooperation.

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Contact Person: Managing Director
Postal Address: P.O Box 30669 - 00100 - Nairobi
Telephone: +254- (020) 2710510
Website: http://www.bamburicement.com

 
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