Kasese — Following long complaints from communities around Hima cement in Kasese (Western Uganda) over dust and pollution emitted, the company has decided to install a $3.2m bag filter technology to manage the emissions.
The new technologies which will be installed at its old factory in Kasese aims at managing stack emissions and reduce them to globally acceptable standards.
The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by May 2013.
Technical experts working on the project say the technology will greatly improve the ability of the old factory to arrest emissions and bring them down to internationally accepted standards.
"We are confident that this time round the problem of emissions will become a thing of the past since the same technology was installed at our Bamburi Cement factory (Kenya) in August 2012.
"This has helped Bamburi to comply with international standards on emissions" said David Njoroge, Hima Cement General Manager, during a factory media tour.
He added that the new investment including the USh2billion gas conditioning tower that was made in 2010 is indicative of the company's commitment to environmental compliance standards.
Njoroge explained that the company's technical experts have completed their feasibility studies and they expect work to commence as soon as possible so that they can achieve the commissioning target of the technology project by May 2013".
This kind of technology will be the second one after the first, electrostatic precipitator (ESP) technology that Hima Cement had earlier fitted failed because of frequent power outages.
"Today, the technology we have at the old factory does not suck back dust into the system like is the case with the new factory," the factory manager Hima Cement, Peter Robson said.
The new factory, which was inaugurated in 2011 to increase capacity from 300,000 to 850,000 tons annually, has been fitted with the new bag filter technology while the old line is still using the ESP technology which is not efficient.
The investment Hima Cement is making will convert the existing ESP with the more efficient bag filter technology.
Once installed, the bag filter technology will improve efficiencies at the factory and also go a long way in helping Hima Cement comply with global environmental standards.
Made up of fabric that separates dust particles released by different production processes, bag filters are used in industrial units for filtering dust.
They are considered to be the most efficient among all dust collectors because the user can attain efficiency levels.