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FLSmidth wins new operation and maintenance contract in Egypt


COPENHAGEN, DENMARK FLSmidth has signed another contract with Wadi El Nile Cement Company (WNCC) for operation and maintenance of their cement plant located approximately 120 km south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The contract is a five-year continuation of the existing contract signed back in 2010.

In addition, WNCC also ordered an upgrade of the plant from 6,000 to 7,200 tonnes of clinker per day; the upgrade will be executed as an integral part of the operation and maintenance contract. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the contract.

"The continuation of the contract is visible proof of the successful partnership we have with WNCC. We have now operated their 6,000-tonnes-per-day plant for almost five years. The performance delivered was the main driver for WNCC to expand and continue their partnership with FLSmidth. The extension of the operation and maintenance contract reflects our ability to increase our customers' productivity and preserve asset value," says Group Executive Vice President, Cement Division, Per Mejnert Kristensen.

The initial contract will expire at the end of 2016 and the new contract term is from January 2017 to December 2021. The upgrade to 7,200 tonnes per day is planned to be operational from summer 2017. The cement industry in Egypt has been a pioneer in outsourcing the operation and maintenance activities. FLSmidth has already signed contract with three customers in Egypt, and the North-African region continues to offer good opportunities for operation and maintenance activities.

Partnership with customers
The partnership between WNCC and FLSmidth proved its worth and strength during 2013 and 2014 when fuel restrictions (gas) in Egypt severely influenced the clinker production and made it necessary to minimise the cost of operation. WNCC was among the first cement producers in Egypt to introduce coal and thereby eliminate their dependency on gas, which continued to be restricted. Today, the WNCC plant is one of the most energy-efficient plants in Egypt.

Jette Westerdahl
Senior Communications Advisor
Mobile: +45 3093 1855 

Per Mejnert Kristensen
Group Executive Vice President, Cement Division
Phone: +45 3618 1800

FLSmidth is the market-leading supplier of productivity to the global mining and cement industries. Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and with offices in more than 50 countries, FLSmidth delivers engineering, equipment and service solutions to customers worldwide.
Productivity, sustainability, and quality are focus areas for the 13,000 employees in FLSmidth. The company generated revenue of DKK 20 billion in 2015.